NEWPORT — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves remained unbeaten and knocked off the Class 5A Nettleton Raiders here Thursday night, winning 53-48 in the semifinals of the Medallion Classic.
Cedar Ridge is a Class 2A school.
Spencer Reaves scored 17 points to lead the 8-0 T-wolves. Cole Crabtree added 12 points.
“Jordan Steele got injured in the first quarter and Andy Crawford, Jordan Pelley and Justin Lovell stepped up big in his absence,” Cedar Ridge Coach Isaac Middlebrooks said.
Cedar Ridge is scheduled to play Newport at 6:30 Satruday night in the title game.
It was a win, but not one that their coach sounded too happy about.
The Lyon College Scots improved to 7-2 with a 63-51, non-conference basketball victory over the Oklahoma Wesleyan Lady Eagles in Becknell Gymnasium Thursday night.
“We knew going into the game that this is a tough team — real aggressive — and we knew they were especially strong at rebounding,” Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “Knowing that, I was disappointed that we gave up as many offensive rebounds as we did. Lots of times they scored on second or third shots.”
Led by their rebounding and defense, the Batesville Junior Pioneers thrashed the Beebe Junior Badgers 46-25 in a non-conference basketball game in Pioneer Gym Thursday night.
“Overall, our defense played really well,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “We did a good job playing a little half-court, 2-3 matchup zone and trapping out of it. We’ve got some kids with good instincts.
“The big thing, though, is we killed them on the boards,” Rush added. “Between Justin Gallant and Dillon Daniels, we really did a good job rebounding.”
The Batesville Pioneers got off to a slow start and the Lady Pioneers struggled in the latter stages while losing in basketball tournaments Thursday night.
In the Medallion Classic at Newport, the host team outscored the Pioneers 17-7 in the first quarter and won 46-34.
The Greyhounds led 28-15 at halftime and 41-21 after three quarters.
E.J. Rucker led the winners with 18 points. Michael Reynolds added 11.
Seniors Hunter Vinson and Bailey Pollett will be forever linked with the arrival of a winning Pioneer football team.
“Put those two together and you’ve got a 10-game winning streak,” said Batesville Coach Stuart Smith, the Pioneers’ defensive coordinator.
Vinson, a starter at inside linebacker all season, experienced his breakout game in the 5A-East District opener against the Nettleton Raiders with seven solo stops and four assisted tackles.
Batesville vs. Greenwood
Class 5A State Playoff championship game
Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium
Kickoff • Saturday night 6:30
Reminded of how the Greenwood Bulldogs’ defense shut down the Batesville Pioneers in the 5A semifinals last year, and knowing how this Bulldog defense looks even tougher, Batesville Coach Dave King chuckled and said, “Hopefully, we’re a lot better on offense than we were last year.”
And that’s the common theme: This is another year, another day and another game.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas has leaned heavily on its freshmen through the early part of this season.
On Wednesday, it was time for the upperclassmen to shine.
Mardracus Wade scored a career-high 20 points and Julysses Nobles added 16 to lead Arkansas to a 97-64 win over Mississippi Valley State.
Wade, a sophomore guard, hit seven of 10 field goal attempts. He had 15 points before halftime, helping the Razorbacks to a 47-30 lead at the intermission.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Penske Racing has signed Brad Keselowski and his crew chief to contract extensions after the duo raced to a fifth-place finish in NASCAR’s top series.
Terms of the deals announced today have not been released. Penske says the extensions are for multiple years.
Keselowski just completed his second season with Penske in the Sprint Cup Series. He worked with Wolfe in 2010 to win six races and the Nationwide Series championship, and Wolfe was moved up to the Cup team this season.
CAVE CITY — The usual order of games will change here Friday night when Cave City hosts Newport for homecoming, said Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
The junior boys will tip off at 5, as originally scheduled, and homecoming ceremonies will follow. After the ceremonies, the senior boys will play. The senior girls game will serve as the nightcap.
Oklahoma Wesleyan Lady Eagles (4-6) vs. Lyon College Scots (6-2), Becknell Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Scots edged the Lady Eagles 50-46 when they met in Bartelsville, Okla., on Nov. 19. Keeping the Lady Eagles off the boards is the key, Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “They are something like 14-plus in rebounding advantage average.” Rebecca Shlueter, a 6-foot junior forward-center, and Kayla Oleman, a 6-foot sophomore lead Wesleyan in that category. Freshman point guard Nichole Tate leads the Lady Eagles in scoring.
NEWPORT — The Midland Lady Mustangs will try to add a tournament title to their unbeaten record.
Wednesday night, they defeated the Augusta Lady Red Devils 68-60 in the semifinals of the Medallion Classic.
Saturday evening at 5, the 16-0 Lady Mustangs are slated opposite the Rivercrest Lady Colts in the title game. Rivercrest defeated Cedar Ridge on Tuesday night.
Midland Coach Brandon Gates said the Lady Mustangs never trailed, but it was a struggle. “We would pull out to a 13- to 14-point lead, then Augusta will chip it back down to 6, 7 or eight,” he said.
It’s not news that the Greenwood Bulldogs, best known for their high-scoring offenses, have put together a stifling, takeaway defense — at least to the Batesville Pioneers it’s not.
Remember, the Bulldogs stopped the 2010 Pioneers’ unbeaten run with a 38-13 thumping in Pioneer Stadium. After that semifinal decision, the Bulldogs rallied past the Camden Fairview Cardinals for a 36-35 victory and the school’s fifth football state championship.