ALMA — It was about defense, defense, defense and, for the Batesville Lady Pioneers, a heartbreaking shot at the end.
Vilonia’s Betsy Barlett, who was zero for six from 3-point range and no points until the last second, buried a 3-pointer from near the right corner to lift the Lady Eagles past the Lady Pioneers, 35-33, in the first round of the Class 5A State Tournament here Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Pioneers, 8-point losers to the Lady Eagles back in December, led much of the second half and looked like they were going to win this defensive struggle.
FLIPPIN — After a scoreless first half, the Flippin Bobcats outscored the Southside Southerners 2-1 in the second half for a junior varsity soccer victory.
Greg Smith scored for Southside. Goalie Cody McGaha recorded 15 saves. The Southerners took 18 shots on goal.
“I thought our defense played pretty well,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “We had a little case of dead legs after playing Monday, but I thought our effort was good. We just didn’t execute very well.”
McCRORY — The Southside Southerners lost a 3-run lead late and lost a season-opening high school baseball game here Tuesday.
The McCrory Jaguars scored six runs in the sixth inning for a 9-5 victory.
“We led 5-3 and Colby (Sutton) had just struck out the side in the fifth,” Southside Coach Dale Dahl said.
Sutton hit the first McCrory batter in the sixth, then came an error, and another HBP. Levi Henderson was called in to stop the bleeding, but he walked the first batter he faced, gave up a 2-run double and a 3-run home run to Collin Campbell.
The Lyon College Scots made short work of the Crowley’s Ridge Pioneers in a nonconference baseball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Scots Field.
Lyon won each game 10-0 in five innings and completed the two games — including a 30-minute break — in less than three hours.
Picking up the victory on the mound in game one was Garry Richards, while Josh McNatt got the job done in the nightcap.
The Lyon College Scots held off the Blue Mountain Toppers 76-71 in the play-in game of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
It was the second meeting for the teams in three days. Lyon won both games. Up next for the Scots (9-20) is a Thursday meeting with top-seeded, and the NAIA’s No. 6 team, Martin Methodist in Pulaski, Tenn.
The Toppers closed the season with an 8-22 record in Lyon alum J.D. Parker’s first season as head coach. Prior to this season, Blue Mountain had posted a record of 3-92 in three seasons.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — With the help of some errant pitches, the Batesville Lady Pioneers struck for eight runs in the fifth inning and rallied for a 14-8, season-opening high school softball victory over the Pulaski Robinson Lady Senators in Burns Park.
The Lady Senators led 7-0 after two innings.
“Early, it was ugly,” Batesville Coach Shawn Coker said. “We just didn’t make any plays and one of the Robinson girls hit an inside-the-park homer. Our girls just looked nervous.”
The Southside Southerners’ season-opening baseball game set for Monday at Pangburn was called off due to a scheduling conflict, Southside Coach Dale Dahl said.
The Southerners are scheduled to play at McCrory this afternoon at 4.
Coach Dahl also announced he is trying to reschedule Thursday’s home game with Salem for a 4:30 p.m. start. The Southside Lady Southerner basketball team is scheduled to play at 1 Thursday afternoon in the first round of the 4A State Tournament in Heber Springs.
Randy and Tonya Coldwell teamed to win the mixed no-tap tournament at Hollywood Bowl recently.
The couple rolled a 1,596 handicapped score and defeated Brittany Johnson-Tracy Stanley by two pins.
Beverly Sellers-Charlie Morris was third with 1,558. Cheryl Lewis-Cory Smith (1,553) and Yvonne Satterwhite-Randy Bolin (1,551) rounded out the top five.
Twenty-six teams competed in the 2-day tournament.
PARAGOULD — The Southside Southerners began their high school soccer season here Monday with a tie in nonconference action.
Brody Clark gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with about five minutes to play, but the Rams scored about three minutes later. Chaz Zumwalt assisted on Clark’s goal.
In nonconference games, play ends after regulation time.
Southside goalie Cody McGaha registered eight saves. The Southerners took 12 shots on goal.
The Batesville Bassmasters are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room in First Community Bank to hear about its 10-tournament schedule, said President Billy Littleton.
“We want everybody to be there and pay their dues,” Littleton said.
The tournament schedule gets under way on March 12 and concludes with the Batesville Bassmaster Classic in late October.
The schedule is:
12 — Lake Norfork, out of Quarry Landing, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
2 — Greers Ferry, Hill Creek Ramp, 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Due to a shortage of space, the results from the 1A 2 Region Tournament at Izard County in Brockwell were not included in the high school basketball roundup in Monday’s Guard.
Those scores were: Girls — Calico Rock 60, Bay 31 and Crowley’s Ridge Academy 39, Armorel 28 (semifinals), Bay 51, CRA 39 (seeding game) and Calico Rock 61, CRA 38 (championship game); boys — Mammoth Spring 69, Bay 62, and Black Rock 46, Viola 31 (semifinals), Bay 45, Viola 41 (seeding game), Mammoth Spring 57, Black Rock 43 (championship game).
For the first state tournament basketball game involving a Guard-circulation area team, plan for an early departure Wednesday.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers are scheduled to take on the Vilonia Lady Eagles at 4 Wednesday afternoon in the Class 5A State Tournament in Alma.