Forget the 71 free throws. It all happened too fast for the Pioneers.
The Batesville Pioneers failed to control tempo and took it on the chin in their season-opener with the Heber Springs Panthers in Pioneer Gym on Tuesday night. The Panthers won 59-43.
It wasn’t the opener for the visitors, who improved their record to 2-1 while getting 17 points apiece from Austin Brown and Tanner Rockwell, and 11 from Michael May.
Mostly, that trio attacked the basket on the fastbreak and with the many other unsettled situations the Pioneers provided.
In the end, Jena Kelley and free throws made winners of the Heber Springs Lady Panthers in Pioneer Gymnasium Tuesday night.
And, while falling 46-44 in their season-opening high school basketball game, the Batesville Lady Pioneers didn’t hit enough free throws late and didn’t look comfortable on offense from start to finish.
The Lady Pioneers hit what could be winning numbers some nights — 15 of 31 shots from the field, including five of 10 3-pointers — but they also committed 24 turnovers and hit just nine of 17 free throws.
Heber Springs Lady Panthers (2-0) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (0-0), Pioneer Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
This is the season opener for the Lady Pioneers while the Lady Panthers are off to a strong start. They are 2-0 with home victories over Harding Academy and Guy-Perkins. In the Lady Pioneers’ season opener in Heber Springs last November, Jena Kelley helped the Lady Panthers defeat the Lady Pioneers 67-52. Kelley, a sharpshooting all-state senior guard, scored 21. Hali Tury, another senior guard, also returns.
NEWPORT — Don Stitcher of Cave City won the foot brake division Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Joining Stitcher on the podium were Ron Davis and Mark Leuker.
Steve Simpson was the street division winner with Don Holcomb second and Gary Spicer third.
Jeremy Odom beat Mike Tarr down the line in the super pro division and Breanna Skimahorn took the top spot in the junior dragster division.
Junior forward Anja Klotzle (Altadena, Calif.), senior forward Katie Marshall (Tustin, Calif.) and freshman defenseman Maria Kristjansdotter (Reykavik, Iceland) were recently named to the 2010 TranSouth Womens Soccer All-Conference Team, according to the conference’s website.
That trio earned first team honors while Lyon teammates Creeia Nuckols (junior midfield from Frisco, Texas) and Norman Sanchez (junior defenseman from San Fransico, Calif.) earned second team nods.
SEARCY — The Cave City Cavewomen improved to 2-0 with a 56-47 nonconference win against Riverview here Monday night.
Jessica Hall led Cave City with 23 points while teammate Rachel Roebuck rattled in 10. Rachael McKenzie (six rebounds), Lindsey Wooldridge (five assists) and Brooklyn Brinkley (four steals) were the other statistical leaders for the Cavewomen.
The Raiders rolled to a 40-16 halftime lead and won 69-39. Seth Foreman scored eight points and Zac Smith snared eight rebounds for the 1-2 Cavemen.
BEEBE — The host teams won big against Batesville’s juniors in season-opening basketball games here Saturday in the First Security Bank Classic.
The Beebe Junior Lady Badgers won 41-11 and the Junior Badgers won 47-32.
Peyton Richardson scored nine points to lead the Junior Pioneers. No Junior Lady Pioneers scored more than three points.
“We had a lot of breakdowns and they got too many easy transition baskets,” Junior Lady Pioneer Coach Chip McDonald said.
The Junior Pioneers had trouble with Beebe’s pressure defense, Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said.
ROGERS — Batesville Lady Pioneer Natalie Meizner finished 13th and scored for the Arkansas team in the annual Arkansas/Oklahoma All-Star Cross County Meet here Saturday.
Meinzer, a junior, was the sixth Arkansas runner to cross the finish line. In the dual-match format, the top nine runners for each team counted toward the team score. Meinzer’s time was 19 minutes, 23.06 seconds.
The Batesville Pioneers dominated in all phases while thumping the Vilonia Eagles 37-14 in a Class 5A State Playoff high school football opener in Pioneer Stadium Friday night.
“I don’t know if it could have been any better a start,” Batesville Coach Dave King said.
He was talking about the first half and the first game of the postseason.
PULASKI, Tenn. — Lyon’s bid for its first-ever TranSouth Athletic Conference soccer championship was stopped by perennial powerhouse Martin Methodist 1-0 in the championship game here Friday night.
It is the seventh straight conference tournament championship for the RedHawks.
The lone goal came in the 13th minute off Brazilian Simone Souza’s header. Souza was named the TranSouth’s player of the year.
Lyon finished its season with a 12-4-1 record.
The No. 22 Xavier Lady Gold Nuggets edged the Lyon Scots 60-59 in a nonconference womens basketball game Saturday in Becknell Gymnasium.
With the score tied 57-57 and time running out, Lyon’s Debbie Onukwube put the home team ahead when she hit a shot from the right baseline.
Xavier’s Brandi Young hurried down the court and scored on a layup with three seconds to play. Young was fouled on the shot and her free throw proved to be the game-winner as Phagen Altom’s half-court shot missed.