COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Columbia Lady Cougars got revenge in a big way here Monday night as they dominated the Lyon Scots 76-55.
Lyon won the previous meeting against the No. 23 Lady Cougars, 49-48 in Batesville. That was Nov. 8.
On Monday, the Lady Cougars (6-4) led 44-27 at halftime and Lyon (6-3) didn’t help itself in the second half, hitting only 24 percent of its shots. Meanwhile, Columbia sank 38 percent.
JONESBORO — Daniel Bryant, Donald Boone and Ed Townsel led the Arkansas State Red Wolves to an 85-42 victory over the Lyon Scots in an exhibition game Monday night in the Convocation Center.
Bryant led the double-digit scoring trio with 16 points, Boone added 12 and Townsel collected a career-high 11.
Batesville High School basketball teams picked up one victory in four road games over the weekend.
In the Searcy Bank Classic, the Lady Pioneers fell to their hosts, the Searcy Lady Lions, 44-37 on Friday, and bounced back for a 58-36 victory over the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets on Saturday.
Meanwhile, in the Harps Top Class Tournament in Yellville, the Pioneers fell to the Yellville-Summit Panthers 51-47 and the Huntsville Eagles 69-39.
NEWPORT — The Cave City Cavewomen and Cavemen enjoyed a winning basketball weekend.
In 4A-2 District openers Fri-day in Newport, the Cavewomen thrashed the Lady Greyhounds 60-35 and the Cavemen did the same to the ’Hounds 53-33. In Lyon College Tournament openers on Saturday, the Cavewomen downed the Salem Lady Greyhounds 43-31 and the Cavemen knocked out the Highland Rebels 66-49.
Salem was led by Jamie Bell’s nine points.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles advanced into the semifinals of the Williams Baptist College Tournament with a 52-43 victory over the Viola Lady Longhorns here Thursday night.
Mackenzie Nunnally led Hillcrest (10-2) with 22 points while teammate Samantha Blevins fired in 14.
Hillcrest is scheduled to play Corning this afternoon at 4:30.
The Riverside Rebels held off the Southside Southerners 53-52 in a quarterfinal contest. The Rebs led 31-23 at halftime and 47-32 after three quarters.
ZURICH (AP) — The tiny desert nation of Qatar beat out the United States as the 2022 World Cup host, with FIFA brushing aside doubts about blistering heat to bring soccer’s showcase event for the first time to the Middle East.
The 22 voters on FIFA’s executive committee, some accused of corruption in the weeks leading up to their meeting, picked Russia to stage the 2018 tournament, another first-time host. Both votes were taken Thursday and the results announced minutes apart.
Philander Smith Lady Panthers (0-8) vs. Lyon Scots (5-2), Becknell Gymnasium, 6
Fresh off a pair of wins in California, the Scots will try to extend their win streak to four games tonight while the Lady Panthers try to earn their first win of the season. Philander Smith lost 74-42 to Dillard University in New Orleans on Nov. 22. The Scots and Lady Panthers have had one common opponent this season. Xavier edged Lyon 60-59 on Nov. 13 and defeated Philander Smith 82-43 a week later.
Panthers (0-9) vs. Scots (5-4), Becknell Gymnasium, 8
BEEBE — Beebe swept Batesville in junior high basketball games here Thursday.
The Junior Lady Badgers won 47-15 and the Junior Badgers won 40-17.
Kalela Miller scored 14 points to lead the Junior Lady Badgers.
The Junior Lady Pioneers fell to 1-5 overall.
Zak Baker scored 13 for the Junior Badgers.
Eli Childress scored seven points for Batesville.
Batesville High School basketball teams won and lost in tournament openers Thursday.
In the Searcy Bank Classic, the Batesville Lady Pioneers held off the Benton Lady Panthers 48-46, and in the Harps Top Class Tournament in Yellville the Mountain Home Bombers thrashed the Pioneers 52-21.
The Lady Panthers led 14-10 and 27-24 at the first two quarter breaks, but the Lady Pioneers led 38-37 after three quarters.
AUBURN, Ala. — Heisman Trophy favorite Cam Newton can focus on playing for the SEC championship instead of worrying about pay-for-play.
The NCAA ruled Wednesday that Auburn’s quarterback won’t be punished for the payment scheme concocted by his father, Cecil.
Instead, the younger Newton will lead the second-ranked Tigers into the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday against South Carolina — with a shot at the national title on the line.
The second White River Christmas Half Marathon will happen a week earlier and start and finish in a new location, but it’s still about the spirit of giving, announced race director Matt Walker.
The event, which is set for Dec. 11, is free, but donations will be accepted and they will go to local families in need.
“We’ve already selected several families,” Walker said.
The race’s start-finish line will be in front of the Fellowship Bible Church on Main Street. The church is in the building that once housed the Landers Theatre.