Blytheville Lady Chickasaws (1-0, 5A-East District; 5-4, overall) at Batesville Lady Pioneers (0-1, 7-6), Pioneer Gymnasium, 5:30
Senior guards Charmaine Selvy and Alicia Stone are leading the way for the Lady Chicks. Selvy, quick and a good shooter, recorded a career-high 40 points in nonconference action against Osceola on Nov. 16. The Lady Chicks, district runners-up last season, defeated the visiting Beebe Lady Badgers in a district opener last weekend. Meanwhile, the Lady Pioneers were dropping their district opener at Paragould High.
The west goal of Becknell Gymnasium was not friendly to the homesteading Lyon Scots Thursday night.
After leading the No. 17 Union Bulldogs 37-36 at halftime, the Scots suffered a 72-56 beating in a TranSouth Athletic Conference meeting.
“We can’t seem to keep it together,” Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins said. “Some of it’s our youth. Last night, you have to give kudos to that group in black and part of it goes to not being able to make shots.”
The Lyon Scots harassed the No. 1 Union Lady Bulldogs in a TranSouth Athletic Conference showdown Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium, but when the dust settled, the visitors from Jackson, Tenn., left Batesville with another victory.
Union, ranked No. 1 in 40 straight NAIA polls — dating back to Oct. 2007 — improved to 16-0 overall and 3-0 in the TranSouth with a 65-52 win over No. 30 Lyon (10-5, 2-1). It is the 54th straight TranSouth regular-season win for Union.
The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers broke through in the 5A-East District basketball standings Wednesday night with a low-scoring victory over the winless Wynne Junior Lady ’Jackets in Pioneer Gymnasium.
“We really struggled to score early, though we got a lot of good looks at the basket,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said about the 20-6 decision. “Our defense did a good job all night.”
Wynne led 2-0 after one quarter of play. Batesville led 11-2 and 15-5 at the next quarter breaks.
Eric T. Scott has been appointed sports information director at Lyon College. He started Jan. 3, succeeding Gene McCoy, who resigned to pursue other interests.
Scott comes to Lyon from Bartlesville, Okla., where he was sports information director and assistant womens basketball coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He is also founder and owner of BigUSports.com, a sports-related website that covers small college athletics.
Mitch McKay has been hired as the head coach of Lyon’s mens soccer team, according to a news release from the college.
During the 2010 soccer season, McKay served as the assistant to both the mens and womens teams at Lyon. Each team saw success this past season, with each squad recording the most wins in school history and the women advancing to the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.
A native of Owosso, Mich., McKay attended college at Southern Wesleyan (S.C.), graduating in 2009 with a degree in business administration.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU made no field goals in the final nine minutes of its 56-53 Southeastern Conference victory against Arkansas on Wednesday night. But Tigers Coach Trent Johnson was still quite satisfied with coming away with a second straight league win.
“That’s a good win,” Johnson said. “Like a good team, Arkansas made a run and we kept our poise. We had the opportunity to put them away at the free-throw line, but we didn’t. But it was a good win for us.”
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock officials say basketball Coach Steve Shields has been suspended by the Sun Belt Conference for one game, and won’t be on the sidelines tonight when the Trojans take on Louisiana-Monroe.
A UALR news release Wednesday said the suspension followed an investigation of a post-game incident at Denver on Jan. 2, when the Trojans lost 72-70 in overtime.
The Wynne-at-Batesville junior high basketball games postponed Monday have been rescheduled for today, announced Batesville Junior Pioneer Coach Kelly Rush.
The eighth-grade games that were part of the original schedule will not be played. The junior girls will lead off the varsity games at 4:30 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE — Two games ago, Coach John Pelphrey says he wanted to forget everything identified with how his Arkansas Razorbacks had played.
Now after they beat Tennessee, they have an identity, he said.
Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl and LSU Coach Trent Johnson concur.
Johnson’s Tigers, 9-7, 1-0, host the Razorbacks, 11-3, 1-0, in tonight’s SEC West game at the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La. Tip-off is 7 p.m. and will be televised by the SEC Network.
Tonight marks the Hogs’ second true road game. The last one, two games ago, Texas trounced the 79-46 in Austin.
Williams Baptist College softball Coach Eric Newell likes the connections he sees between Lady Eagle and Lady Pioneer softball.
In a ceremony this morning in the lobby of Pioneer Gymnasium, Batesville High School senior Kandess Pftizner signed a letter of intent to play softball while attending the 4-year school in Walnut Ridge.