FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Mardracus Wade let out a “there it is” as soon as the basketball left his right hand.
A split-second later, the ball swished through the basket inside Bud Walton Arena during the Razorbacks’ practice Monday afternoon — once again showing the comfort level Wade and his teammates have at home this season.
Arkansas (15-6, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) has yet to lose in Fayetteville this season, including wins over a pair of ranked teams — then-No. 15 Mississippi State and No. 20 Michigan.
PARAGOULD — The red-hot shooting Greene County Tech Lady Eagles broke away with an early flurry of 3-point shots, and the Eagles did the same in the second quarter with a slew of Batesville Pioneer turnovers while posting a 5A-East District sweep here Friday.
The Lady Eagles won 63-25, improving to 5-1 in the district and 18-2 overall. The Lady Pioneers fell to 1-5 and 3-14 (see district standings, scores and schedules on this page).
LONOKE — The Southside Lady Southerners improved their record 8-2 in 4A-2 District play by defeating the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits 43-42 here Friday.
The Lady Southerners, 17-4 overall, were down 5-2 at the first quarter break, but tied it at halftime 16-all. Southside went on a 21-12 run late in the second half with Jordan Hicks hitting a crucial 3-pointer to help secure the victory.
Jessica Robertson led the Lady Southerners with 12 points.
The Lyon-at-Blue Mountain women and men basketball teams are scheduled to play tonight, with the women leading off at 6, announced Kevin Jenkins, Lyon College men’s basketball coach and athletic director.
The TranSouth Athletic Conference games in Blue Mountain, Miss., were moved from their original time on Saturday afternoon to Monday night due to funeral services for Wesley Stewart, father of Tracy Stewart-Lange, Lyon’s women’s basketball coach.
Below are the TranSouth standings, scores from Saturday and the schedule for Monday and Thursday.
BROCKWELL — It was the longest night at the Izard County Invitational Tournament and, at times, it looked like “The Longest Yard.”
The Izard County Cougars won a rough-and-tumble, come-from-behind championship game with the Cave City Cavemen, winning 72-68 in the third of four title games to require an overtime here Saturday night. Add 69 fouls — 40 on the host team — to the senior boys nightcap and it’s no wonder the high school basketball action didn’t end until 11.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Lee Mayberry was 10 years old the first time Nolan Richardson watched him dribble a basketball.
It was 1981, and both were in Tulsa — Richardson as the University of Tulsa’s new coach and Mayberry as a kid whose older sister was dating Richardson’s son.
At that time, Richardson couldn’t know Mayberry would become an All-America point guard for him at Arkansas and a first-round NBA Draft pick.
“He’s still the same Lee Mayberry I first saw all those years ago,” Richardson said. “All the success he had, it never went to his head or changed him.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — University of Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson says former Oklahoma State guard Fred Gulley is expected to join the Razorbacks.
Gulley, was granted his transfer from the Cowboys last month, said Monday he had enrolled at Arkansas and planned to play there. The Fayetteville native was on the Razorbacks’ bench in street clothes during Wednesday win over Auburn.
Anderson says Gulley hasn’t practiced with the team and that he’s currently paying his own way in school.
BROCKWELL — Four more teams advanced to the finals of the Izard County Invitational here Thursday.
The Cave City junior girls began the evening defeating Salem 41-21. They led each quarter break 11-7, 22-9 and 29-16. Abbi Ball led Cave City with 13 points.
The Cave City junior boys won 24-16 defeating Calico Rock. The Junior Cavemen lead 7-4, 9-7 and 15-12 at the quarter breaks. Tristen McSpadden led the Junior Cavemen with 15 points.
The Nettleton Junior Raiders swept the Junior Pioneers in 5A-East District basketball games in Pioneer Gym Thursday night.
The Junior Lady Raiders won 35-18, and the Junior Raiders won 45-33.
Ali Tucker led the visiting girls team with 16 points. Sarah Hayes scored 13 in a losing cause.
Nettleton’s girls led 9-7, 14-11 and 25-15 at the quarter breaks.
The Lyon College Scots may have made the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions’ stay atop the NAIA national poll a short one.
The Scots defeated the Lady Lions 48-43 in Becknell Gymnasium Thursday night, a little less than two weeks after the team from Henderson, Tenn., moved into the top spot and less than one week after they became a unanimous No. 1.
The Scots had moved into the 25th spot on Jan. 9. They fell out after losing to the Union Lady Bulldogs in Jackson, Tenn., on Jan. 12.
Local boxer Kristen Treadway will take part in “Fights at the Fitz,” a 5-fight card in the Grand Ballroom at Fitzgerald’s Hotel and Casino in Tunica, Miss., Saturday night, according to a news release from Prize Fight and Global Boxing.
Treadway, who is unbeaten with four victories and a draw, is scheduled to taken on Savannah Hill in a 6-round bantamweight class match. Hill, the daughter of a prize fighter, is married to and trained by professional boxer Brad Hill.