WEST HELENA — Maybe with No. 13 out of the way, the Batesville Pioneers’ fortunes will change.
Tuesday night, the 1-14 Pioneers lost another close one and their 13th in a row, falling 43-39 to the West Helena Cougars.
It was the same song, same verse. The Pioneers lost after leading much of the way. After trailing 8-3 after one quarter of play, they led 14-10 and 26-24 at the next two stops.
“We keep putting ourselves in a position to win,” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said. “We know we can play with people, but we have to learn to win.”
WEST HELENA — The Batesville Lady Pioneers cut up the West Helena Cougarettes with short and long shots and collected a 70-51 victory in 5A-East District high school basketball action here Tuesday.
The Lady Pioneers hit 30 of 50 shots from the field (60 percent), including three of six on 3-point shots, while scoring a season high. They also committed just nine turnovers.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners collected a 4A-2 District victory against a recent nemesis Tuesday night when they defeated the Bald Knob Lady Bulldogs 41-36.
Jordan Hix paced the Lady Southerners (5-12 overall, 2-5 in the conference) with 12 points, including three 3-pointers. Sami Hallowell added 10 points and Shani Henley pulled down five rebounds, which included some key ones in the third quarter.
Henley was also credited with a team-high three assists while teammate Haley Mourer contributed four steals.
Bald Knob was led by Desiree White’s 11 points.
Mountain Home swept Batesville in junior high basketball games Monday night at Pioneer Gymnasium.
The Junior Lady Bombers won 30-20. The Junior Bombers won 32-12.
Megan Cantrell hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Junior Lady Bombers. They led 4-2, 11-6 and 22-15 at the quarter breaks.
“We really struggled to score,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said. “It’s not that we didn’t get good shots. We couldn’t get them to go down.”
The Junior Lady Pioneers fell to 5-10.
The Junior Pioneers fell to 1-15.
MELBOURNE — The Cave City Cavemen and Izard County Lady Cougars advanced into the Izard County Tournament semifinals here Monday.
The Cavemen did it with a 51-35 victory over the Izard County Cougars. Seth Foreman led the winners with 21
points. Thamail Morgan added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the 13-8 Cavemen.
Trenton Hatman scored 22 points and made four steals in a losing effort. Caleb Cowan led the Cougars in rebounding with seven. Ryan Walker blocked three shots.
Brina Siddiq, a defender from Newport Beach, Calif., has transferred to Lyon College to play soccer for the Pipers, beginning this fall, according to a news release from Lyon.
Siddiq, a 5-foot-6 junior, was a 2-time All-Orange Empire Conference performer at Santiago Canyon College with second-team nods in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. In high school, Siddiq earned first-team all-conference honors her junior and senior seasons at Mater Dei High School and was named her league’s Defensive Player of the Year.
K.K. Hodges and Lauren Ramsey each notched a double-double performance in the Lyon Pipers’ 65-47 nonconference triumph over the Philander Smith Lady Panthers on Monday evening in Becknell Gymnasium.
Hodges knocked down a game-high 22 points and added a season-high 14 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the year. It is the 21st double-double of her career.
Ramsey contributed 15 points and 10 boards for her first double-double of the season.
The Lyon College Scots captured their second straight victory with a 74-67 win over the Philander Smith Panthers on Monday in nonconference play at Becknell Gymnasium.
Lyon (5-11) won back-to-back games for the first time this season and avenged a 92-76 loss to the Panthers on Nov. 21st in Little Rock. Philander Smith sank to 6-9 overall and is 1-3 versus the Scots in the last four meetings.
The Martin Methodist RedHawks snuck out of Batesville with a TranSouth Athletic Conference win over the Lyon Pipers Saturday.
Martin Methodist’s Micah Anderson netted a layup with 1.1 seconds to play to force overtime. The game was knotted at 56. MMC outscored Lyon 11-8 in the extra period to win 67-64.
More than once, Lyon had to battle back from big deficits. The first was at the start of the game when the visitors jumped out to a 14-2 lead. The Pipers countered with a 13-0 run to go up 15-14 midway through the first frame.
By Michael Young
Assistant Sports Editor
An untimely technical foul — and the two free throws which resulted — proved to be the difference in the Lyon Scots’ 58-56 win over the Martin Methodist RedHawks on Saturday evening.
BLYTHEVILLE — The Blytheville Lady Chickasaws won the second half and their 5A-East District high school basketball opener with a 52-44 decision over the Batesville Lady Pioneers here Friday.
The Lady Pioneers led 9-7 and 23-22 at the end of the first two quarters. The Lady Chicks led 34-31 after three quarters.
BLYTHEVILLE — A shorthanded squad of Pioneers didn’t hold off the Chickasaws in the 5A-East District basketball nightcap here Friday.
After a slow start, the Pioneers led 18-17 at halftime and 30-27 after three quarters. The Chicks rallied in the fourth and won 51-47.
Batesville was without two starters. Senior guard Will Lindsey was out with a stomach ailment and junior guard Conor Lawrence was absent due to a death in the family. Juniors Sam Johnson and Luke Tate started in their stead.