The visitors from Paragould swept the varsity, 5A-East District junior high basketball games in Pioneer Gymnasium on Thursday night.
The Greene County Tech Junior Lady Eagles broke open the game in the third quarter and rolled by the Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers 40-17, and the Junior Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 39-22 decision against the Junior Pioneers.
“That’s probably the best team we’ve played,” Batesville Coach Tim Palmer said. “We stayed with them for a half, but then just fell apart against their pressure in the third quarter.”
Three Guard-circulation area schools will host postseason tournaments in basketball, baseball and softball, and the spotlight will fall on Newark Feb. 28-March 3.
That’s when Cedar Ridge High School will host the Class 2A State Tournament for girls and boys basketball. Currently, the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves are 21-0 and ranked second in Class 2A by the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette.
Preceding that, Cave City and Izard County will host the Class 4A East Region and Class 1A Region 2 events for girls and boys basketball, respectively, on Feb. 22-26.
SWIFTON — Led by Daquan Williford’s 21 points, the Earle Bulldogs defeated the Southside Southerners 63-42 in the quarterfinals of the George Kell Classic here Thursday night.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A by the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette, led 21-7 after the first quarter.
“That’s when they hurt us,” Southside Coach Brad McGhee said. “We played with them thereafter, cutting our deficit to 10 once in the second quarter and again in the third.”
Earle led 35-20 at halftime and 44-29 after three quarters.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A’dia Mathies drove the lane and scored in traffic with 4.2 seconds left to finish with a career-high 34 points and No. 9 Kentucky beat No. 6 Tennessee 61-60 to snap the Lady Volunteers’ 36-game Southeastern Conference winning streak.
After Tennessee (12-4, 3-1) was called for a charge and Kentucky (15-2, 4-0) used a timeout, Mathies took the ball at halfcourt, dribbled into the lane and hit a 7-foot floater off the glass in the paint.
Kamiko Williams drove the length of the floor, but missed an off-balance 16-footer as time expired.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Austin Hollins scored a career-high 18 points to help Minnesota beat No. 7 Indiana 77-74 on Thursday night.
Indiana’s Christian Watford could have tied the score but he missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.
Rodney Williams scored 14 points and Julian Welch added 10 for the Golden Gophers (13-5, 1-4 Big Ten), who had lost four straight. Minnesota hit six of 13 3-pointers in the first half to take the lead, then maintained it by scoring in the paint and grabbing 12 offensive rebounds in the second half.
Frank Mirahmadi is well aware of what Terry Wallace has meant to Oaklawn Park.
Mirahmadi has no intentions of trying to fill the shoes of Wallace, who retired last year after serving as Oaklawn’s announcer for 37 years.
Mirahmadi, 44, was hired as the park’s new announcer in July, and he’ll debut in his new position when live racing opens in Hot Springs today.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Murphy Holloway is way too short for a power forward in the Southeastern Conference, doesn’t shoot the ball particularly well from outside and has no signature offensive moves in the paint.
Yet no one is more important to Mississippi’s basketball team.
Holloway scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his first game back from a sprained ankle and Mississippi beat Arkansas 71-63 on Wednesday night.
SWIFTON — One Guard-circulaton area high school basketball team moved on and another was dismissed from the Kell Classic here Wednesday.
The Southside Lady Southerners defeated the Crowley’s Ridge Lady Falcons 37-26 as Maggie Carlile scored 10 points, Jennifer Wyatt chipped in eight point, and Jordan Hicks dealt out three assists.
Carlile and Candace Smith pulled down five rebounds apiece.
Southside Coach Malcolm Long said Wyatt played a big role for Southside’s offense.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner recorded 28 points and 11 rebounds as top-ranked Baylor remained undefeated with a 71-44 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
Baylor (16-0, 3-0 Big 12) never trailed, but led only by two at the half before a 20-4 run in the first 7 minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach. The Lady Bears won their 33rd consecutive home game.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dion Waiters scored 20 points and No. 1 Syracuse remained undefeated with a 79-66 win over Villanova on Wednesday night.
James Southerland added 15 points for the balanced Orange, who are 18-0 for the second straight season. The Orange (5-0 Big East) used a 20-2 run to dominate the struggling Wildcats.
Villanova (8-9, 1-4) lost for the fourth time in five games and has put its streak of seven straight NCAA tournaments in serious jeopardy. Mouphtaou Yarou totaled 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos are even bigger underdogs at New England this weekend than they were against Pittsburgh.
The Patriots (13-3) have been installed as nearly 2-touchdown favorites over the Broncos (9-8) in Saturday night’s divisional playoff at Foxborough, Mass.
“I like being the underdog because no one’s giving you a chance and you get to prove everyone wrong — just like we have all year,” tight end Daniel Fells said Wednesday.
After all, the Broncos were 9-point underdogs last week and they beat Pittsburgh 29-23 in overtime.
CAVE CITY — With their big guy supplying 29 points and eight rebounds, the Cave City Cavemen stopped the Heber Springs Panthers’ run in the 4A-2 District here Tuesday night.
The last of Chaz Mathews’ points came when the 6-foot-6 junior hit two free throws with one second remaining, giving the Cavemen a 66-65 victory. The Panthers came into the contest with a 4-0 district record and a 12-2 overall mark.
The Cavemen improved to 4-3 and 11-5 as Lane Gay added 10 points and nine rebounds; Taylor Milligan hit for 13 points.