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.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Cave City Cavemen hit 14 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to upset the No. 4 team in Class 4A here Tuesday night.
Cave City led Heber Springs 37-36 entering the final frame and used the freebies to pull away for a 51-42 stunner.
It is the first conference loss for the Panthers while the Cavemen improved to 4-2 in the 4A-2.
“It was a really big win for us,” Cave City Coach Jimmy Hodges said. “There were a lot of kids who played well for us and we made big baskets down the stretch when we needed to.”
Snowy weather and road conditions wiped out the schedule of basketball games in the Guard circulation area Monday, and they nearly got all of today’s schedule, too.
The only survivors were Cave City at Heber Springs and Valley View at Melbourne.
The 4A-2 District contests at Heber Springs were moved up a half hour, with the junior girls tipping off at 4:30 p.m. The senior teams are to follow.
The 3A 1-East contests in Melbourne are set to start at the original time.
The junior girls game is set for a 5:30 start. Again, the seniors will follow.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavewomen bounced back from a tough loss to Clinton and defeated the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits 46-36 in a Class 4A-2 battle here Friday night.
“I was really proud of the girls. After the Clinton game Monday, the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday practices had a lot more intensity and it showed up in Friday’s game,” Cave City Coach Russell Fowler said. “I don’t know if it’s a season-high, but we had 23 deflections and 17 steals. The defensive intensity was a lot better as a team. This is a big win for us, and I’m excited about the upcoming games.”
SWIFTON — The Bay Yellowjackets, Class 1A state high school basketball runners-up, remain on top in the George Kell Classic.
Bay, the tournament’s defending champion and the top seed when the 2011 edition began on Jan. 1, won it again with a hard-earned, 51-38 victory over the Southside Southerners here Saturday night.
The victory brought Bay’s record to 21-6 — good for a team that graduated four starters last spring and played without its one returning starter until recently.
However, that kind of success isn’t a surprise.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Greg Gantt scored 11 points and had a steal with three seconds left to seal Florida Atlantic’s 61-57 win over Arkansas State on Saturday night.
The Owls (11-6, 4-0 Sun Belt Conference) led 59-57 with 33 seconds left before Raymond Taylor missed a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity for them.
The Red Wolves (7-10, 2-2) then took over possession, but Donald Boone, whose 3-pointer had just made it a 1-shot game, turned it over to Gantt.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Sarah Watkins scored 21 points to lead No. 25 Arkansas to a 61-56 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday.
Arkansas (14-1, 2-0 SEC) shot 37.5 percent (21 of 56) from the floor and hit 16 of 24 free throws, including four clutch ones down the stretch.
Trailing by double digits late in the second half, Mississippi State (8-6, 0-2) closed the deficit to three points with just under a minute remaining. C’eira Ricketts free throws put the Razorbacks back up 59-54.
The snow that hit the area Sunday night and this morning has shortened today’s schedule of basketball games considerably.
As of press time, the junior high games at Batesville, Southside, Melbourne, Brockwell, Lynn and Strawberry had been postponed. Only the Hillcrest Junior High Tournament games at the last two sites have been rescheduled. They will try to play those second-round contests on Thursday.
PARAGOULD — This was not the start Batesville wanted.
In 5A-East District-opening basketball games here Friday night, the Lady Pioneers led early but faltered late and lost 49-41 to the Paragould Lady Rams.
The Pioneers trailed early, rallied late, but came up short 51-45.
The Lady Pioneers led 14-10 and 26-24 at the first two breaks. The Lady Rams led 37-32 after three quarters.
Senior K.K. Hodges became Lyon College’s career rebounding leader, as the Scots defeated a winless Mid-Continent (Ky.) squad, 63-36 Saturday in Becknell Gymnasium.
Hodges passed Grace Catt-McDowell, who played for then Arkansas College from 1987-91. The senior now has 825 career rebounds. Also, she is third on the all-time scoring list with 1,695 after recording 14 Saturday. Catt-McDowell holds the points record with 1,786. With an average of more than 17 points per game, Hodges is on pace to break that record this month.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas had something to prove, and it wasn’t quite ready to give up that national ranking.
The No. 25 Razorbacks, following their first loss of the season at Florida, rebounded behind 19 points from C’eira Ricketts for a 78-67 win over No. 10 Kentucky on Thursday night.
Arkansas (13-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) evened its conference record, a far cry from last season when it opened SEC play with six straight losses. The Razorbacks started league play 0-4 the year before that.