McKENZIE, Tenn. — The Lyon College Pipers outgunned the No. 19 Bethel Wildcats in overtime to notch a 75-70 victory on Saturday in a TranSouth Athletic Conference thriller.
Lyon (13-6, 3-3) led 36-33 at halftime, but had to hold off the Wildcats (12-7, 3-3) down the regulation stretch to force an extra frame. Once in OT, Lyon took over and outscored Bethel, 11-6, in the period.
The Nettleton Lady Raiders scored just five points in the fourth quarter, but they were enough to hold up for a 44-42, 5A-East District high school basketball win Friday night over the Lady Pioneers in Pioneer Gym.
Senior guard Staci Ho hit a 3-point shot with five minutes, 55 seconds to play for a 42-37 Nettleton advantage. Five minutes and 41 seconds later, senior center Erica Sharp banked in the winner from short range on the left side.
An 8-minute scoreless drought doomed the Lyon Pipers Thursday night as they fell 56-48 to the No. 16 Trevecca Nazarene Trojans.
Ashley Waller scored on a put-back to tie the score at 39 with 10:09 remaining in the TranSouth Athletic Conference contest. The Pipers didn’t score again until Lauren Ramsey converted an old-fashioned 3-point play with 1:56 to go. That made it 48-42 in favor of Trevecca.
After a turnover by the Trojans, Lyon had a chance to close the gap even more, but missed a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer.
The Lyon College Scots gave the No. 11 Trevecca Nazarene Trojans a scare Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium before succumbing 75-69.
Lyon led the TranSouth Athletic Conference contest 33-25 at halftime and increased that advantage to as many as 14 (55-41) with 11:40 remaining in the game.
The Trojans (13-5, 5-1) whittled away and knotted it at 62 with five minutes to go. Neither team scored until the 2:38 mark when Michael France tickled the twine from behind the line to spark an 11-2 run. France hit a 2-pointer to cap the surge with 28 ticks left.
The Batesville Motor Speedway will host its annual awards banquet Saturday night at the University of Arkansas Community College dining facility and the event is open to the public.
The top 10 drivers from each class will be recognized and rewarded for their performances during the 2009 season. In addition, track owner and promoter Mooney Starr is expected to announce changes for the upcoming season.
The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available until 5 this evening at Mark Martin Ford in Southside.
The Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame has reorganized and is asking for help from the community as it prepares for an induction ceremony, John Ellis said.
Ellis is joined on the new committee by Gary Anderson, Joe Biard, Ernestine Boyce, Bobby Hill, Elbert Lindsey, Stan Reed, Stuart Smith and Rodney Stroud.
The committee is tentatively planning an induction ceremony for sometime this summer. Seventeen induction ceremonies have been held since the hall was started in 1987. The hall numbers 65.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers snapped their losing streak at 12 with a 60-43 decision over the Paragould Junior Rams in 5A-East District action in Pioneer Gymnasium Thursday night.
“It’s been a long time,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “The last time we won was down in the Beebe tournament (against Lonoke). We’ve been close in a few games and finally pulled one out.”
Jaron Stigger scored 15 points to lead the 2-16 Junior Pioneers. Wesley Rudd added 10 points. Batesville is 1-7 in the district.
MELBOURNE — Two Cave City teams moved into the championship round of the Izard County Invitational Tournament with victories here Thursday.
The Cave City Cavewomen, 18-2 and winners of eight in a row, blasted the Izard County Lady Cougars 58-36. Cave City led 34-12 at halftime.
Cheyenne Childers totaled 11 points and seven rebounds for the winners. Lindsey Wooldridge added 10 points. Claire Caldwell contributed four steals. Jessica Hall dealt out five assists. Ten Cavewomen scored.
Seventy-five Lyon student-athletes have been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the Fall 2009 semester, according to a news release from Lyon’s athletic department.
To make the AD’s honor roll, a student athlete must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average or better. Seven athletes — Ellen Heimbach (cross country), Monica Fuller (cross country), Lauren Castleberry (volleyball), Jennifer Flegel (golf), Elizabeth Fuller (soccer), Gabriel LeBlanc (soccer) and Marc Andre LeBlanc (soccer) — maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout the semester.
Kiley Mettler, a senior and 4-time all-state selection for the Izard County High School golf team, recently signed a letter of intent to attend Seminole State College in Sanford, Fla.
Mettler visited the school, which is located northeast of Orlando, for the first time last week. The honor roll student at the school in Brockwell signed before returning home.
WEST HELENA — Maybe with No. 13 out of the way, the Batesville Pioneers’ fortunes will change.
Tuesday night, the 1-14 Pioneers lost another close one and their 13th in a row, falling 43-39 to the West Helena Cougars.
It was the same song, same verse. The Pioneers lost after leading much of the way. After trailing 8-3 after one quarter of play, they led 14-10 and 26-24 at the next two stops.
“We keep putting ourselves in a position to win,” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said. “We know we can play with people, but we have to learn to win.”