HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs senior high basketball teams swept Batesville in season-opening games for the visitors here Tuesday night.
The Panthers won 51-49 as Austin Brown scored 25 and John Price fired in 23. The Lady Panthers won 36-24 as Magen LaRose hit for 16 points.
The Pioneers fought back from a 15-7 deficit after one quarter of play. The Panthers led 24-21 at halftime and the score was tied at 39 going into the fourth quarter. The Pioneers led briefly early in the fourth quarter.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners and Lady Southerners opened their basketball seasons with home victories over Melbourne squads.
Led by Levi Henderson’s 12 points, including a go-ahead 3-point shot in overtime, the Southerners downed the Bearkatz 47-43. It was 37-all at the end of regulation.
Stephen Norris added 11 points for the winners. Logan Brown and Henderson provided five rebounds apiece, and Colby Sutton contributed four steals for the winners.
Circle Dec. 6 on your calendar.
That’s when the Lyon and Williams Baptist College teams will play the second and final round in their annual series for this basketball season. Lyon took round one Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium with the Scot women winning 73-67 and the Scot men also taking a hard-earned 6-pointer, winning 86-80.
The visiting Lady Eagles led most of the game and the Scots had to outscore them 11-3 over the last three minutes to get the win.
SOUTHSIDE — Cedar Ridge and Riverview took home the First Community Bank Junior High Invitational Tournament basketball titles here Saturday.
The Junior Timberwolves downed the Riverview Junior Raiders 36-33 as Cade Crabtree scored 18 points and Austin Reaves added 15. The Junior T-wolves improved their record to 5-0.
The Junior Lady Raiders downed the Cave City Junior Cavewomen 43-32 for the other crown as Erykah Johns totaled 20 points.
Shyanne Price poured in 24 points for 2-1 Cave City.
Williams Baptist Lady Eagles (2-1) vs. Lyon College Scots (2-1), Becknell Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Lady Eagles will bring a veteran and offensive-minded team to Becknell, said Lyon College Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange. “They’re pretty mature with a lot of seniors and shooters. We will have to extend our defense and find them in transition.” Some of those senior leaders are Becky Caldwell, Kayla Tyus and Jessica Shepard.
BEEBE — The Batesville Junior Pioneer and Junior Lady Pioneer basketball teams went opposite directions in season-opening games at a tournament in Beebe.
The Junior Pioneers moved into the winners’ bracket portion of the annual event by defeating the Beebe Junior Bobcats 43-29. The Junior Lady Pioneers fell 27-17 to the Junior Lady Badgers and went into the losers’ bracket.
The Junior Pioneers broke open a close game in the third quarter. They led 10-6 and 12-10 at the first two breaks. They led 34-22 after three quaerters.
The Lyon College Scots played enough good defense in the first half to record a 69-48, nonconference basketball victory over the Christian Brothers Lady Buccaneers in Becknell Gymnasium on Saturday.
After that, well, there’s plenty of work to be done, Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said.
Now, for a new high school football opponent.
The Batesville Pioneers took care of the West Helena Cougars, knocking out their recent nemesis by a 40-6 count Friday night in the first round of the Class 5A State Playoffs in Pioneer Stadium.
Next up are the Greenbrier Panthers, 38-16 first-round winners over the Arkadelphia Badgers.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Midland Lady Mustangs stepped up in classification and kept winning here Thursday.
Led by Kerstie Bumpous’ 25 points, the Class 1A Lady Mustangs held off the Class 4A Heber Springs Lady Panthers 60-54. The Lady Mustangs’ record is 8-0.
Jessica Hertz added 11 points for the winners. Emma Sellers provided 10 points.
“They were pretty good from the free-throw line and we got in some foul trouble, and they hit a lot of free throws to cut their deficit down,” Midland Coach Brandon Gates said.
FAYETTEVILLE — Perhaps no team enters the Arkansas high school playoffs with more momentum than Class 7A’s Springdale Har-Ber, despite losing its last game of the regular season.
Even though the No. 8 Wildcats (7-3) lost 28-14 to No. 1 Bentonville last week, they played one of their best games of the year in doing so. Har-Ber became the first team to avoid the 35-point sportsmanship rule by the Tigers this season, keeping the game close into the second half.
Cody Vaughn is something more than a smart and athletic 2-way player for the 5A-East District champion high school football team.
“He’s been very valuable on and off the field,” Batesville Coach Dave King said. “Without getting too deep, what’s been very valuable to our younger kids is his attitude — the kind of self-sacrifice he’s shown them.”
Pioneer fans know the story: After very promising starts as a sophomore and junior at tailback, Vaughn suffered season-ending injuries against the Wynne Yellowjackets in the seventh game of each season.