For now, anyway, the Searcy Lady Lions can win a rough and raggedy game with the Batesville Lady Pioneers.
Monday night in Pioneer Gym, the Lady Lions committed 22 turnovers to the Lady Pioneers’ 14, but the visitors hit a lot more in-close shots than the Lady Pioneers and won 51-39.
The pattern was set early. The Lady Lions would break the Lady Pioneers’ press often enough for easy shots, and make them, to push out to a substantial lead, then the Lady Pioneers would claw back within striking range before, again, giving up some easy shots and missing chip shots of their own.
A little bit at a time, the Batesville Pioneers built a big win Monday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
Down by 22 midway through the second quarter, the Pioneers steadily chipped away and finally broke down the Searcy Lions for a 58-55 victory.
It was as much about resolve as anything else, Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said.
“We talked about that at halftime — about not hanging our heads and waiting for something to happen, but, instead, working hard and making something good happen. I think we grew up some in the second half.”
Mountain Home Lady Bombers (1-1) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (0-2) at Pioneer Gymnasium, 6
The Lady Bombers defeated East Poinsett County and lost to Greene County Tech last week in a season-opening tournament in Paragould. Junior guard Lacy Hollingsworth and sophomore guard Nicole Bolt, sharp ball handlers and shooters, key Mountain Home’s attack. Hollingsworth hit eight 3-pointers in the loss to Tech. Bolt was brought up to the high school squad late last season and helped the Lady Bombers qualify for the state tournament. They finished 11-17.
IMBODEN — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves opened the conference season with a 76-56 decision over the Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds here Monday night.
Hunter Limbaugh led the Timber-wolves (3-1, 1-0) with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Clayton Butler added 19 points and Luke Henderson contributed 17 points and nine assists.
The Lady Timberwolves were led by Christy Lovell’s 22 points and nine rebounds in a 54-34 win. Jordan Shelton scored 11 points for the 3-1, 1-0 squad.
Heidi Powers led Sloan-Hendrix with nine points.
LITTLE ROCK — The Lyon College Scots basketball team lost its fourth straight road game as the Philander Smith Panthers rolled 92-76 in nonconference action.
Quinn Cooper led the Scots with a career-best 26 points. He and Slater Belew grabbed seven rebounds apiece. Belew was also credited with two blocked shots. Andy Lee threw in 17 points.
The Scots turned the ball over 18 times in the first half and trailed 41-33 at halftime. They turned it over just one time in the second half.
Searcy Lady Lions (1-0) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (0-1), Pioneer Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
Six regulars return from the Lady Lion team that went 17-10 and qualified for the Class 6A State Tournament last spring. Among them are tall and talented senior post players Kristen Celsor (5-foot-11) and Lauren Harrison (6-2). That pair has played well in the Lady Lions’ two games. They lost a benefit game to Vilonia. “Of course, if we would have won that game I would have counted it on our record,” Searcy Coach Michelle Birdsong said, laughing.
Lions (1-1) vs. Pioneers (0-1), 7:30
PARIS — The Paris Eagles eliminated the Cave City Cavemen in the first round of the Class 3A State Football Playoffs here Friday night with a 34-12 decision.
Cave City didn’t help itself. The Cavemen turned the ball over three times and the Eagles turned that into 20 points.
Neither team could generate much offense in the early going. There were five punts in the first period.
BEEBE — The Searcy Junior Lady Lions mauled the Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers 41-16 in the consolation final of the Beebe-Centennial Bank Tournament here Saturday.
Brittnee Broadway scored 10 points for the winners. Batesville’s junior girls’ record fell to 1-5.
Searcy’s junior boys defeated Batesville 55-34 in the other consolation final.
Wesley Rudd scored eight points in a losing cause. The Junior Pioneers also fell to 1-5.
“We just didn’t handle their pressure well at all,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said.
MELBOURNE — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles stunned the Melbourne Bearkatz on their Homecoming here Friday night, rallying from a 17-point, second-quarter deficit to post a 49-48 win over the Class 2A state runners-up.
Hillcrest senior Logan Spray totaled 18 points and 12 rebounds. That included an offensive rebound and score with about a minute to play for a 49-46 lead. Teammate Trevor Morgan, a junior, hit a 3-pointer earlier for a 1-point lead.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Mark Martin found his way to Victory Lane for NASCAR’s championship celebration, albeit only as a gracious runner-up.
It’s a walk he’s made before. Four times, to be precise.
Never did he do it more proudly than he did on Sunday.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — With its top running back out for the season, Arkansas relied on Ryan Mallett’s arm against Mississippi State.
As usual, the sophomore was up to the challenge.
Mallett threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Razorbacks to a 42-21 victory on Saturday, hours after the team announced running back Michael Smith would miss the rest of the year with a hamstring injury.
Mallett’s second pass of the game was intercepted, but Arkansas took the lead in the second quarter and didn’t relinquish it.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside’s girls swept four games against Highland here Thursday.
The Junior Lady Southerners won 31-18 in the only varsity contest. Jennifer Wyatt led the winners with 11 points as Southside moved to 5-0.
The eighth-grade game was a 22-11 victory for the home team as Morgan Case collected eight points.
Southside took the seventh-grade game 20-12 behind six points form Katherine Curbo.