BLYTHEVILLE — A shorthanded squad of Pioneers didn’t hold off the Chickasaws in the 5A-East District basketball nightcap here Friday.
After a slow start, the Pioneers led 18-17 at halftime and 30-27 after three quarters. The Chicks rallied in the fourth and won 51-47.
Batesville was without two starters. Senior guard Will Lindsey was out with a stomach ailment and junior guard Conor Lawrence was absent due to a death in the family. Juniors Sam Johnson and Luke Tate started in their stead.
Philander Smith Lady Panthers (record unavailable) at Lyon Pipers (11-5), Becknell Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Pipers snuck out of Little Rock with a 74-72 win over the Lady Panthers on Dec. 5, so you can bet revenge is on the visitor’s mind. Lyon is still licking its wounds after a heart-breaking overtime loss to Martin Methodist on Saturday. The loss was the third in five games for the Pipers and sent them to 2-2 in the TranSouth Athletic Conference. Tonight’s game is a nonconference meeting.
MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz got the Izard County Tournament off to a hot start here Saturday morning. They hit 15 3-pointers while routing the Salem Lady Greyhounds 70-42.
The victory was the fifth in a row for the 13-5 Lady ’Katz. Stacy Hargett led the way with 16 points. Maggie Cooper and Sara Beth Adams added 15 apiece and Kenzi Gillihan hit for 12 points.
In the other senior girls contest, Calico Rock thumped Rural Special 51-33 as Emily Johnson scored 11 points.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Activities Association announced the sites for postseason play in high school basketball and Hillcrest is the big winner.
The school in Lynn (Lawrence County) won the bid for the Class 1A State Tournament, beating out Calico Rock, Lead Hill and West Side Greers Ferry, the 2009 host.
Midland is the only other Guard-circulation area to win the bids for a region tournament. The school in Pleasant Plains is to host the 2A North tourney.
Greene County Tech swept Batesville in 5A-East District junior high basketball games here Thursday night.
The Junior Lady Eagles nipped the Junior Lady Pioneers 26-25 when Brandi Mize hit a short jump shot with about seven seconds to go. Batesville had taken the lead 13 seconds earlier when Kinsey Scaggs hit a 3-pointer.
Batesville led 8-4 after one quarter of play and 18-15 after three quarters. Tech led 14-13 at halftime.
JACKSON, Tenn. — The No. 18 Union University Bulldogs cruised by the Lyon College Scots 82-53 in a TranSouth Athletic Conference contest here Thursday night.
Lyon (3-11, 0-3) led by four early, but Union (12-5, 3-0) responded with a 21-5 run to end the first half up 35-21. That lead increased to as many as 33 (63-30) midway through the second half. The closest Lyon got the rest of the way was 24 (70-46).
JACKSON, Tenn. — K.K. Hodges scored 17 points and Suzanne Fincham added 15, but the No. 1 Union University Bulldogs were too much for the Lyon College Pipers in a 92-63 TranSouth Athletic Conference rout here Thursday.
Lyon suffered its first conference loss, falling to 2-1 in the TranSouth and 11-4 overall. After a 9-1 start, Lyon has lost three of its last five games.
Union (16-1, 3-0), the NAIA’s top-ranked team and defending national champion, has won nine straight since losing to No. 2 St. Xavier on Nov. 27. The Lady Bulldogs have won 52 straight at home.
The White River Roadrunners will begin planning for the 2010 White River Roadrunners Series when they meet Tuesday night at the Citizens Bank Annex, according to a news release from the local club.
They will also review November and December minutes and a financial statement, the Arkansas Grand Prix schedule and races run by club members.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7. As always, club members and visitors are invited to arrive an hour early for a run.
The Ms. Hollywood Bowl Tournament is set for Jan. 23, according to a news release from the Batesville USBC Women’s Bowling Association.
The annual event at the facility of the same name is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. The entry fee is $20.
The bowlers scoring the five highest 3-game series will compete in a stair-step roll off for the title.
The winner get $200 and a “Ms. Hollywood Bowl” jacket.
For more information call (870)793-5781.
HARRISON — With the help of eight 3-point shots, the second-seeded Huntsville Eagles defeated the third-seeded Melbourne Bearkatz 59-48 in the semifinals of the North Arkansas College Tournament here Wednesday night.
The Eagles, ranked second in the state among Class 4A teams, improved to 16-2 as Bailey Counts hit for 21 points to lead four double-figure scorers for Huntsville. Skylar Houston added 13 points, Tucker Trumbo chipped in 12 and Joe Burger added 11.
Spencer Caraway led Melbourne with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Kody Caraway added 11 points.
Cave City High School will induct the first members of its Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 5.
Having a hall of fame was the brainchild of Coach Jamie King and a few of his peers.
“Coach (Mark) Smith, Mr. (Steven) Green, Mr. (Marc) Walling and I have talked about a hall of fame for several years now,” King said. “Last year to finish my graduate school, I had to do a project which would benefit the school. My project was to start this hall of fame.”
King coaches basketball and baseball in addition to his role as the high school’s assistant principal.
JONESBORO — Nettleton swept Batesville in 5A-East District junior high basketball games here Tuesday.
The Junior Lady Raiders won 38-26, improving to 5-0 in the district and 16-3 overall. Cleora Rulford scored 11 points for Nettleton.
Batesville’s Lana Blake scored nine points.
The Junior Raiders won 28-23 as Eric Smith scored 12 points.
Wesley Rudd scored nine points for Batesville.
The score was tied at 11 after one quarter of play. Nettleton led 15-13 and 22-19 at the next two stops.