The Pioneers can’t wait.
That’s not a measure of anticipation for the Class 5A State Playoffs semifinal high school football game with the Greenwood Bulldogs tonight in Pioneer Stadium.
It is one of the things the Pioneers need to do to give themselves a good chance to win, Batesville Coach Dave King said.
“We need to come out and get off the mark earlier,” he said, referring to the Pioneers’ slow starts during victories over Vilonia and Monticello in their first two playoff games. “We’ve looked good offensively, but we’ve gotten off to slow starts.”
MOUNTAIN HOME — Mountain Home took two from Batesville in nonconference high school basketball action here Tuesday.
In the varsity opener, the Lady Bombers downed the Lady Pioneers 56-41 as sophomore Katie Kapler controlled the area around the baskets. The 6-foot-1 center scored 26 points.
Kapler is far from Mountain Home’s only weapon, Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said.
“Mountain Home has an excellent ball team — so many offensive weapons,” she said. “They will be really hard to stop. They will be up among the top teams in Class 6A.”
SPRINGDALE — Lyon split with Ecclesia in nonconference basketball games here Friday night.
Lyon’s women won 64-41 while Ecclesia avenged a 79-70 loss two weeks ago with a 104-65 rout.
“For 10 days off, I was very pleased,” Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said of the Lyon women’s win. “That’s a long stretch after you get your season started. I think we used the time wisely. I was proud of the intensity after the 10-day layoff and the 4-hour bus ride. We took care of business.”
Lauren Ramsey led Lyon with 16 points while K.K. Hodges poured in 13.
NEWARK — Cedar Ridge got off to a good start in 2A-2 District play here Tuesday by sweeping the high school basketball teams from Salem.
The Timberwolves won 64-43 as Clayton Butler scored 21 points, Luke Henderson added 17 and Jordan Steele chipped in 14. The T-wolves are 3-1 overall.
The Lady T-wolves won, but a score was not available. Tasha Lovell scored 16 for the winners. Laken McCoy added 11 for 2-2 Cedar Ridge.
The Junior T-wolves improved to 6-0 with a 54-24 decision. Spencer Reaves rang up 13 points, Cole Crabtree and Brett Bell added 11 and 10, respectively.
After an unsettling four weeks, the Greenwood Bulldogs got back to their winning ways.
Now, eight weeks and eight straight wins later, the Bulldogs are eyeing the Batesville Pioneers and another trip to Little Rock for an Arkansas high school football state championship game. The winners of Friday night’s Class 5A State Playoffs semifinals in Pioneer Stadium and in Watson Chapel, where the Wildcats will take on the Camden Fairview Cardinals, are scheduled to play at noon, Dec. 4 in War Memorial Stadium.
SEARCY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers will try for a sweep of the 6A-East.
Monday night, they defeated the Searcy Lady Lions 63-55. Last Thursday, the 5A-East members defeated the Jonesboro Lady Golden Hurricane in Jonesboro. Tonight, they will visit the Mountain Home Lady Bombers, their third 6A-East foe in six days.
In Searcy, the Lady Pioneers rallied from an early 7-2 deficit, led 13-11 after one quarter and didn’t trail again.
Batesville’s Junior High basketball teams swept the varsity games with Mountain Home in Pioneer Gym Monday night.
The Junior Lady Pioneers won 25-23, collecting their first win in three games. Sydney Staggs led the winners with 10 points.
“Batesville was up two points and then there were a series of turnovers,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said about the ending. “They had the ball on their end with 1.3 seconds and we knocked it out (of bounds). They got it in and we got a block on the last shot. Morgan Huff blocked it. She also scored five points.
Advance tickets for the Batesville-Greenwood, Class 5A State Playoffs semifinal high school football game will be available just one day, Batesville High Coach Dave King announced.
The tickets, which are $5 apiece, can be purchased from noon until 3 p.m. Wednesday at the high school office. Classes will not be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The ticket price is set by the Arkansas Activities Association.
King also announced that the public is invited to Thursday morning’s practice.
SOUTHSIDE — Sophomore Ashlyn King paced the Southside Lady Southerners in their 37-29 nonconference win over the Conway St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs Monday night.
King ripped the nets in the first half and closed the evening with 18 points and four rebounds.
“Ashlyn really attacked the basket aggressively and finished strong,” Southside Coach Malcolm Long said.
King hit six of nine from the field, including one 3-pointer, and five of six from the free-throw line.
Andrea Davis led the Lady Southerners (3-0) in rebounding with seven and Maggie Carlile added five more.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Demetrece Young scored 19 points to lead four teammates in double figures Monday night and Pacific defeated Arkansas State 77-70.
The game was part of the NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round.
Nyika Williams totaled 14 points and six rebounds for the Tigers (4-1). Sam Willard and Jose Rivera scored 12 points each and Young added six assists.
FAYETTEVILLE — Last time the Arkansas Razorbacks played LSU in Little Rock, the Razorbacks played only for their pride.
At 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS, against the 10-1, 6-1 SEC West Tigers at War Memorial Stadium, the 9-2, 5-2 Razorbacks may be playing for a BCS bowl bid.
At a minimum, they strive to take a 10-win season into whatever bowl they play.
That’s a far cry from when first-year Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino’s 2008 Hogs closed a 5-7 season against LSU in Little Rock.
Only the champions are left standing after the quarterfinal round of the Class 5A Playoffs for Arkansas high school football teams.
The Batesville Pioneers, champs of the East District, defeated the third-seeded Monticello Billies of the Southeast District 27-7 in Pioneer Stadium Friday night.
This Friday night, the Pioneers will take on the Greenwood Bulldogs, champs out of the West District in one semifinal. Greenwood held off the Little Rock Mills Comets, second seeds out of the Southeast, 20-14 in another quarterfinal.