After an unsettling four weeks, the Greenwood Bulldogs got back to their winning ways.
Now, eight weeks and eight straight wins later, the Bulldogs are eyeing the Batesville Pioneers and another trip to Little Rock for an Arkansas high school football state championship game. The winners of Friday night’s Class 5A State Playoffs semifinals in Pioneer Stadium and in Watson Chapel, where the Wildcats will take on the Camden Fairview Cardinals, are scheduled to play at noon, Dec. 4 in War Memorial Stadium.
SEARCY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers will try for a sweep of the 6A-East.
Monday night, they defeated the Searcy Lady Lions 63-55. Last Thursday, the 5A-East members defeated the Jonesboro Lady Golden Hurricane in Jonesboro. Tonight, they will visit the Mountain Home Lady Bombers, their third 6A-East foe in six days.
In Searcy, the Lady Pioneers rallied from an early 7-2 deficit, led 13-11 after one quarter and didn’t trail again.
Batesville’s Junior High basketball teams swept the varsity games with Mountain Home in Pioneer Gym Monday night.
The Junior Lady Pioneers won 25-23, collecting their first win in three games. Sydney Staggs led the winners with 10 points.
“Batesville was up two points and then there were a series of turnovers,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said about the ending. “They had the ball on their end with 1.3 seconds and we knocked it out (of bounds). They got it in and we got a block on the last shot. Morgan Huff blocked it. She also scored five points.
Advance tickets for the Batesville-Greenwood, Class 5A State Playoffs semifinal high school football game will be available just one day, Batesville High Coach Dave King announced.
The tickets, which are $5 apiece, can be purchased from noon until 3 p.m. Wednesday at the high school office. Classes will not be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The ticket price is set by the Arkansas Activities Association.
King also announced that the public is invited to Thursday morning’s practice.
SOUTHSIDE — Sophomore Ashlyn King paced the Southside Lady Southerners in their 37-29 nonconference win over the Conway St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs Monday night.
King ripped the nets in the first half and closed the evening with 18 points and four rebounds.
“Ashlyn really attacked the basket aggressively and finished strong,” Southside Coach Malcolm Long said.
King hit six of nine from the field, including one 3-pointer, and five of six from the free-throw line.
Andrea Davis led the Lady Southerners (3-0) in rebounding with seven and Maggie Carlile added five more.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Demetrece Young scored 19 points to lead four teammates in double figures Monday night and Pacific defeated Arkansas State 77-70.
The game was part of the NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round.
Nyika Williams totaled 14 points and six rebounds for the Tigers (4-1). Sam Willard and Jose Rivera scored 12 points each and Young added six assists.
FAYETTEVILLE — Last time the Arkansas Razorbacks played LSU in Little Rock, the Razorbacks played only for their pride.
At 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS, against the 10-1, 6-1 SEC West Tigers at War Memorial Stadium, the 9-2, 5-2 Razorbacks may be playing for a BCS bowl bid.
At a minimum, they strive to take a 10-win season into whatever bowl they play.
That’s a far cry from when first-year Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino’s 2008 Hogs closed a 5-7 season against LSU in Little Rock.
Only the champions are left standing after the quarterfinal round of the Class 5A Playoffs for Arkansas high school football teams.
The Batesville Pioneers, champs of the East District, defeated the third-seeded Monticello Billies of the Southeast District 27-7 in Pioneer Stadium Friday night.
This Friday night, the Pioneers will take on the Greenwood Bulldogs, champs out of the West District in one semifinal. Greenwood held off the Little Rock Mills Comets, second seeds out of the Southeast, 20-14 in another quarterfinal.
BEEBE — The Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits edged the Batesville Junior Pioneers in overtime in the fifth-place game of the Centennial Bank Badger Classic here Saturday.
Lonoke won 28-26. The regulation score was 23-all.
“We had some problems with their full-court pressure,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “It was frustrating. For most of the game, we outplayed them. Give them credit, when they scored they were able to get in their press and we weren’t ready for it. We got out of rhythm with our press offense.
HIGHLAND — Maynard edged Southside 58-57 in overtime in a Highland Classic game here Saturday.
Maynard led 38-34 at the end of three quarters, but Southside knotted it at 53-53 to end regulation. In overtime, Southside had the ball and the lead, but a turnover led to a Maynard basket to put the Tigers ahead. Clint Vandergrift scored the game-winner on a layup with about 40 seconds to play.
Kevin Jackson led the Southerners (1-1) with 23 points. Tyler Goad and Dalton Littleton added 14 and 11, respectively.
Jeff Skudlark and Bryan Venson netted 15 apiece for Maynard.
The Lyon Scots edged the Victory Eagles 79-74 in a mens nonconference basketball game Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium.
The win avenges a 95-88 loss in Memphis on Nov. 1 and gives the 5-2 Scots their best start since 2008. They’ll try to better that Tuesday night in Springdale when they visit the Ecclesia Royals.
HEBER SPRINGS — The home junior high basketball teams won three of four here Thursday night.
The eighth-grade boys provided Batesville with its one victory. Kenton Crawford scored 10 points to help the Junior Pioneers win 29-26. Justin Gallant and Riley Caraway added eight points apiece.
Heber Springs’ seventh- and eighth-grade girls won 23-4 and 26-4, respectively, and the Heber Springs seventh-grade boys won, but a score was not available.