LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The last time Baylor coach Scott Drew brought a team into Allen Fieldhouse, he led them off the court and into a tunnel after his players had been introduced.
The reason was the noise: It can get so loud in Kansas’ venerable gymnasium, especially during the video montage before the Jayhawks are announced, that it’s almost impossible to hear.
He didn’t pull them off the court Monday night.
Then the Jayhawks made it look like the Bears never showed up at all.
JUDSONIA — The Midland Mustangs edged White County Central 60-59 here Monday as four Mustangs scored in double figures.
Logan Smith, a 5-foot-9 senior, led the way with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Skyler Furrow, a 6-3 junior, scored 15, while Kyle Martin and Braydon Emerson added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
White County led 14-9, 35-21 and 43-40 at the quarter breaks.
“We never led until right at the end,” said girls Coach Brandon Gates, who gave the report. “We were pretty far behind until right there at the end.”
BLYTHEVILLE — The Batesville Pioneers missed 15 free throws here Friday night and it cost them a high school basketball victory against one of the 5A-East District’s big guys, said Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow.
The Blytheville Chickasaws, on the other hand, made 15 of 19 free throws while pulling out a 53-51 district victory.
“Missed free throws sunk us last night,” Morrow said Saturday. “We had the right game plan, executed it and did a lot of things right, but we fell short with missed free throws.”
LYNN — Cave City swept Cedar Ridge and the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles Junior High Tournament championships here Saturday.
The Junior Cavemen edged the Junior Timberwolves 29-25.
“Jacob Patterson hit a shot in the lane with 25 seconds to go to give us our first lead,” Cave City Coach Jimmy Hodges said. “Laramie Hall finished it up by hitting three of four free throws.”
Patterson and Hall also shared the scoring lead for the winners with nine points apiece. Colby Robinson added eight points.
The Junior Cavemen improved to 7-4.
In the end, the Lyon College Scots proved to be just a little tougher.
That, and an 82-77 victory over the Martin Methodist RedHawks, are what the Lyon women’s basketball team took away from Becknell Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
“In the first half, Martin came out so strong against us,” Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “To get down and then come back like that, we showed a lot of toughness.”
The RedHawks led 22-10 near the midway point of the first half.
SWIFTON — Four years later, and with some new-found offensive punch, the Southside Lady Southerners collected their second George Kell Classic title.
The Lady Southerners defeated the Corning Lady Bobcats 52-38 in the title game of the annual high school basketball tournament here Saturday night.
The night before, they downed the Weiner Lady Cardinals 50-41 with the same 1-2 combination — an early offensive surge and the tough half-court defense for which the Lady Southerners are long known.
JACKSON, Tenn. — The home teams owned the second halves here Thursday night as Union swept Lyon College in TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball games.
The Scot women trailed by just seven points after the first 20 minutes of play, but the once-beaten and second-ranked Lady Bulldogs scored 41 points in the second half and won 73-52.
The Scot men trailed by 10 in a high-scoring first half (47-37), but couldn’t keep pace in the second half and the Bulldogs rolled to a 98-71 victory.
The visitors from Paragould swept the varsity, 5A-East District junior high basketball games in Pioneer Gymnasium on Thursday night.
The Greene County Tech Junior Lady Eagles broke open the game in the third quarter and rolled by the Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers 40-17, and the Junior Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 39-22 decision against the Junior Pioneers.
“That’s probably the best team we’ve played,” Batesville Coach Tim Palmer said. “We stayed with them for a half, but then just fell apart against their pressure in the third quarter.”
Three Guard-circulation area schools will host postseason tournaments in basketball, baseball and softball, and the spotlight will fall on Newark Feb. 28-March 3.
That’s when Cedar Ridge High School will host the Class 2A State Tournament for girls and boys basketball. Currently, the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves are 21-0 and ranked second in Class 2A by the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette.
Preceding that, Cave City and Izard County will host the Class 4A East Region and Class 1A Region 2 events for girls and boys basketball, respectively, on Feb. 22-26.
SWIFTON — Led by Daquan Williford’s 21 points, the Earle Bulldogs defeated the Southside Southerners 63-42 in the quarterfinals of the George Kell Classic here Thursday night.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A by the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette, led 21-7 after the first quarter.
“That’s when they hurt us,” Southside Coach Brad McGhee said. “We played with them thereafter, cutting our deficit to 10 once in the second quarter and again in the third.”
Earle led 35-20 at halftime and 44-29 after three quarters.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A’dia Mathies drove the lane and scored in traffic with 4.2 seconds left to finish with a career-high 34 points and No. 9 Kentucky beat No. 6 Tennessee 61-60 to snap the Lady Volunteers’ 36-game Southeastern Conference winning streak.
After Tennessee (12-4, 3-1) was called for a charge and Kentucky (15-2, 4-0) used a timeout, Mathies took the ball at halfcourt, dribbled into the lane and hit a 7-foot floater off the glass in the paint.
Kamiko Williams drove the length of the floor, but missed an off-balance 16-footer as time expired.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Austin Hollins scored a career-high 18 points to help Minnesota beat No. 7 Indiana 77-74 on Thursday night.
Indiana’s Christian Watford could have tied the score but he missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.
Rodney Williams scored 14 points and Julian Welch added 10 for the Golden Gophers (13-5, 1-4 Big Ten), who had lost four straight. Minnesota hit six of 13 3-pointers in the first half to take the lead, then maintained it by scoring in the paint and grabbing 12 offensive rebounds in the second half.