FAYETTEVILLE — At times, this looked like a pickup game. There weren’t many people in the crowd, and there wasn’t much flow on offense.
Arkansas’ best play was for Courtney Fortson to put his head down and drive through the whole Mississippi State defense — and on this night, there wasn’t a thing the Bulldogs could do to stop it.
Fortson scored a career-high 35 points, carrying Arkansas through the second half as the Razorbacks rallied for a 67-62 win Thursday night. Fortson scored 33 points in the second half alone, as many as the entire Mississippi State team.
No. 15 Freed-Hardeman (15-4 overall; 3-3 TranSouth) at Lyon Pipers (13-6; 3-3), Becknell Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Lady Lions were ranked sixth last week, but three straight conference losses resulted in the 9-spot drop. Since the skid, Freed-Hardeman defeated Mid-Continent 109-48 and followed it with a 94-66 decision over Blue Mountain on Monday.
Jana Cross (jersey number 41) leads a quartet of Lady Lions who score in double figures. She averages 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds a game.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City-at-Mountain View junior and senior high basketball games set for tonight have been rescheduled for Feb. 9, Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler said.
The games were moved due to the forecast of inclement weather tonight.
Fowler also said if the predicted ice and snow arrive and Cave City is out of school Friday, the home games with Bergman will be rescheduled for Feb. 4.
Mary Reesor defeated Tonya Coldwell 193-190 Saturday to win the Ms. Hollywood Bowl at the lanes of the same name.
Reesor topped a field of 30 in the annual Batesville USBC Women’s Bowling Association event.
The top five qualifiers were Reesor (664), Sue Billings (658), Coldwell (645), Tabby Billings (636) and Beverly Sellers (627).
The other scores in the stair-step final were: Tabby Billings 182, Sellers 155; Coldwell 167, Tabby Billings 143; and Coldwell 172, Sue Billings 165.
Cave City Coach Jon Bradley is joined by two of his players on the East All-Star football roster, according to a news release from the Arkansas Activities Association.
Bradley, who got the nod Wednesday, is an assistant coach for the June 25 showdown in Fayetteville.
Tyler Engleman and Thamail Morgan are the Cavemen who earned the invitation to the 55th edition of the event.
The Lyon College baseball program will begin a new era Tuesday afternoon when it visits Point Lookout, Mo., for a season-opening doubleheader with College of the Ozarks.
It will be the first game as head coach for Tony Roepcke. The former Scot and assistant coach took the reins when the only coach the program has known, Kirk Kelley, resigned his position for the top spot at Oklahoma Wesleyan.
At least a half-dozen states are considering measures that would toughen restrictions on young athletes returning to play after head injuries, inspired by individual cases and the attention the issue has received in the NFL.
Washington state led the way last year, passing what is considered the nation’s strongest return-to-play statute. Athletes under 18 who show concussion symptoms can’t take the field again without a licensed health care provider’s written approval. Several other states, including California and Pennsylvania, have similar bills pending.
Nettleton swept Batesville in 5A-East District junior high basketball games Wednesday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
The Junior Lady Raiders downed the Junior Lady Pioneers 31-21. The Junior Raider pummelled the Junior Pioneers 40-15.
The games were originally scheduled for tonight. They were moved to Wednesday because of forecasts for ice and snow tonight.
Lexi Beliew led the Junior Lady Raiders with 16 points.
Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Center won a team championship and 10 of its athletes won all-around titles at the All-Star Classic, the annual meet hosted by the Batesville business.
The team title went to the Level 6 Stars and Stripes gymnasts. Bailee Zirbel led the way by winning the 11-year-old all-around championship. She won the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise and placed second on the balance beam.
Cave City Coach Jon Bradley was named to the East All-Star coaching staff in an announcement Tuesday morning from the Arkansas Activities Association.
The Cavemen won a share of the Class 3A-3 District football championship this season and advanced to the state playoffs for the second time in their 4-year existence.
Bald Knob’s Paul Johnston was selected as the East’s head coach. Tommy Gilleran of Fountain Lake will head the West.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers won a high school basketball game Tuesday night in Pioneer Gym that left most people scratching their heads.
Pioneer fans were also smiling, however.
This morning, several hours after the 42-39 victory over the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets, Batesville Coach Patricia Stave couldn’t help but laugh as she said, “I have no earthly idea how we pulled that one out.”