FAYETTEVILLE — Under second-year Coach Bobby Petrino and strong-armed transfer quarterback Ryan Mallett, Arkansas leads the SEC in passing offense and touchdown passes.
Yet it seems many defenses, including Mississippi State in last Saturday’s 42-21 Arkansas victory in Little Rock, still stack the box like former Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt was directing the former Arkansas infantry of now-NFL running backs Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis.
Rachel Roebuck is the only all-state representative from the Guard circulation area for volleyball.
The Cave City junior led the Cavewomen to a second straight state tournament appearance with 609 points this season.
Roebuck also led her team in aces (168) and kills (441) and was third on the team with 587 digs and 152 blocks.
The Pioneers scored the first nine points of the game, never trailed in the first half, but they were in serious trouble long before the first half ended.
Fouls were the trouble, and the Mountain Home Bombers took advantage for a 62-57 nonconference basketball victory in Pioneer Gym.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Mountain Home swept Batesville in junior high basketball games here Monday.
The Junior Lady Bombers won 25-17 as Patricia Foreman scored 12 points. The Junior Bombers jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and won 46-32.
Both Batesville teams are 1-6 and will begin 5A-East District play at home on Nov. 30 against Blytheville.
Wesley Rudd scored nine points for Batesville.
Mountain Home’s eighth-grade girls won 30-28 in overtime. Haley Hambrick scored eight points for Batesville.
With a fast start and some survival skills at the end, the Batesville Lady Pioneers won their first high school basketball game Tuesday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
The Lady Pioneers scored the first 10 points and hit 67 percent of their shots from the field in the first quarter, and then they had to outscore the Mountain Home Lady Bombers 9-4 the last three and a half minutes to post a 42-37 nonconference victory.
Jay Phillips hit six of six 3-point attempts and helped lead the Central Baptist Mustangs to a 99-76 win over the Lyon Scots Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
Phillips, a reserve, scored 18 points in just 13 minutes. CJ McCoy led the visitors with 23 points, Ryan Barnes added 19 and Rodderick Briggs chipped in 16 points and four assists.
Batesville High graduate Michael Holder was a rebound shy of a double-double. He finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a blocked shot.
MAMMOTH SPRING — The Cave City Cavewomen put a stranglehold on the Mammoth Spring Lady Bears in the second half to turn a 16-16 tie into a 33-18 nonconference victory here Tuesday night.
“We told them at halftime that we have to get back to the basics defensively,” Cave City Coach Russell Fowler said. “We got beat off the dribble in the first half, but I thought we did a good job of correcting that in the second half. We just picked up our intensity.”
For now, anyway, the Searcy Lady Lions can win a rough and raggedy game with the Batesville Lady Pioneers.
Monday night in Pioneer Gym, the Lady Lions committed 22 turnovers to the Lady Pioneers’ 14, but the visitors hit a lot more in-close shots than the Lady Pioneers and won 51-39.
The pattern was set early. The Lady Lions would break the Lady Pioneers’ press often enough for easy shots, and make them, to push out to a substantial lead, then the Lady Pioneers would claw back within striking range before, again, giving up some easy shots and missing chip shots of their own.
A little bit at a time, the Batesville Pioneers built a big win Monday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
Down by 22 midway through the second quarter, the Pioneers steadily chipped away and finally broke down the Searcy Lions for a 58-55 victory.
It was as much about resolve as anything else, Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said.
“We talked about that at halftime — about not hanging our heads and waiting for something to happen, but, instead, working hard and making something good happen. I think we grew up some in the second half.”
Mountain Home Lady Bombers (1-1) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (0-2) at Pioneer Gymnasium, 6
The Lady Bombers defeated East Poinsett County and lost to Greene County Tech last week in a season-opening tournament in Paragould. Junior guard Lacy Hollingsworth and sophomore guard Nicole Bolt, sharp ball handlers and shooters, key Mountain Home’s attack. Hollingsworth hit eight 3-pointers in the loss to Tech. Bolt was brought up to the high school squad late last season and helped the Lady Bombers qualify for the state tournament. They finished 11-17.
IMBODEN — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves opened the conference season with a 76-56 decision over the Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds here Monday night.
Hunter Limbaugh led the Timber-wolves (3-1, 1-0) with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Clayton Butler added 19 points and Luke Henderson contributed 17 points and nine assists.
The Lady Timberwolves were led by Christy Lovell’s 22 points and nine rebounds in a 54-34 win. Jordan Shelton scored 11 points for the 3-1, 1-0 squad.
Heidi Powers led Sloan-Hendrix with nine points.
LITTLE ROCK — The Lyon College Scots basketball team lost its fourth straight road game as the Philander Smith Panthers rolled 92-76 in nonconference action.
Quinn Cooper led the Scots with a career-best 26 points. He and Slater Belew grabbed seven rebounds apiece. Belew was also credited with two blocked shots. Andy Lee threw in 17 points.
The Scots turned the ball over 18 times in the first half and trailed 41-33 at halftime. They turned it over just one time in the second half.