LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A’dia Mathies made a layup with 4.4 seconds left to give No. 20 Kentucky a 55-54 win over Arkansas on Thursday night.
Mathies held the ball at the top of the key during Kentucky’s final possession. She drove and hit a contested shot from the left side to give the Wildcats their first lead in over 12 minutes.
C’eira Ricketts got off one last shot for Arkansas from about 35 feet but missed it to the right.
Mathies finished with 17 points and nine rebounds for Kentucky (21-7, 10-5 Southeastern Conference).
JONESBORO (AP) — Martavius Adams recorded 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead Arkansas State to a 63-47 victory against fading North Texas on Thursday night.
Donald Boone scored 12 points and Edward Townsel 10 for the Red Wolves (16-14, 10-5 Sun Belt), who remained in a tie for first in the conference’s West Division with Louisiana-Lafayette, which beat Denver in overtime on Thursday.
The Freed-Hardeman Lions took no chances after watching their female schoolmates get stunned by Lyon.
The Lions, who are receiving votes in the NAIA’s Top 25 poll, charged ahead to a 55-30 halftime lead and put it on cruise control for an 85-74 decision Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
A lot of high-percentage shots were taken as the teams combined for 92 points in the paint. Early on, it looked more like a dunk contest — without the car — as each team attacked the basket.
Thursday night’s TranSouth game between No. 6 Freed-Hardeman and the Lyon Scots in Becknell Gymnasium started 25 minutes late because the visitors from Henderson, Tenn., had a mechanical problem with their bus.
For Lyon, it was worth the wait. The Scots pulled off the upset 65-56 in front of a large Senior Night crowd.
Lyon (15-13, 6-9) rallied from a 21-14 deficit to take a 28-27 lead at halftime. The Scots continued to pour it on in the second half and charged ahead 35-27. The Lady Lions (22-7, 11-4) got no closer than four the rest of the way.
SOUTHSIDE — No wonder both Southside squads are scheduled to kick off the high school soccer season Monday, the first day available to play, according to Arkansas Activities Association rules.
Southside’s coach indicated both squads need to play as many games as possible.
“Our girls are very young…” and “we lost a lot of players off the guy’s team,” were the first words Coach Jason Weaver said when previewing the Lady Southerners and Southerners.
No. 6 Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions (22-6, 11-3) vs. Lyon Scots (14-13, 5-9), Becknell Gymnasium, 6
It’s Senior Night at Lyon College and the womens team will recognize K.K. Hodges, the all-time rebounds and points leader for the womens program (see story on this page).
TRUMANN — The Southside Lady Southerners qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament by shocking the top-seeded Valley View Lady Blazers 52-50 in an overtime high school basketball game here Wednesday night.
Shani Henley, who hit three key 3-point shots, led Southside in scoring with 13 points. Andrea Davis and Jordan Hicks contributed 11 points apiece.
Sometimes you just get lucky.
That was the case for Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange, who happened to be in the right place at the right time several years ago when she found K.K. Hodges.
The coach first saw Hodges, a Wynne graduate, when the Lady Yellowjackets were visiting Greene County Tech in Paragould.
A large crowd of Razorback football fans packed the Batesville High School cafeteria as Coach Bobby Petrino returned to Independence County Tuesday night for Hog Bash 2011.
Petrino’s first visit to Batesville was in 2009 after his first season at Arkansas. He led that team to a 5-7 overall record with a 2-6 Southeastern Conference mark.
The Razorbacks finished 2009 with a 8-5 and 3-5 records and defeated East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl.
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Freshman hurler Chris Good struck out six batters in seven innings for his first win of the season as the Scots topped University of the Ozarks, 11-8.
Good, 1-0 in three appearances, gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks for the Scots.
The Scots scattered 16 hits off Eagle pitchers. Michael Armenteros reached safely on four, while Jim Gossett and Roger Glaude each recorded three hits. Gossett hit two doubles and drove in three runs.
It all looked very familiar, and it was a good look for the Batesville Lady Pioneers.
In a game that lacked rhythm, but had plenty of pace, the Lady Pioneers ran past the Forrest City Lady 75-41 in a 5A-East District high school basketball game in Pioneer Gym.
On Feb. 1, in another run, press and shoot affair, the Lady Pioneers won 60-42.
In that game, the Lady Pioneers took 64 shots and hit 24. In Pioneer Gym they took 60 and hit 30. You’ve got to figure they would have taken more shots in Batesville, but the sportsmanship clock ran the entire fourth quarter.
HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Archarcharch found his kick on the home stretch this time around.
The colt won the $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Monday, making a successful return run on the same track he faded at last month.
Archarcharch finished fourth in the Smarty Jones Stakes on Jan. 17 at Oaklawn. That followed a win in the Sugar Bowl Stakes in New Orleans in December.