The No. 1 Union Lady Bulldogs had no trouble winning their 46th straight TranSouth Athletic Conference game as they defeated the Lyon Pipers 73-58 Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
Three minutes into the contest, Lyon trailed 7-6. Seven minutes later, they were down 22-6. The 16-point advantage grew to 23 at halftime, 42-19.
The Pipers (15-9, 5-6) showed resolve in the second half. Union (24-1, 11-0) led by as many as 32 (65-33), but Lyon made it respectable with a 25-8 run.
Lyon College’s home-opening baseball series with Hillsdale Baptist has been canceled.
Instead, the Scots have traveled to Bartlesville, Okla., for a jamboree with Southern Nazarene, Oklahoma City, and Oklahoma Wesleyan. The latter is coached by former Lyon Coach Kirk Kelley and he will host the scrambled meeting.
Lyon Coach Tony Roepcke said he didn’t know specific assignments, but he was expecting to play at 4 this afternoon and then at least two games Saturday.
BLYTHEVILLE — Batesville’s juniors split with their 5A-East District basketball hosts here Thursday night.
The Batesvlle Junior Lady Pioneers defeated the Blytheville Junior Lady Chickasaws 33-22 as Hailey Hambrick scored nine points and Lana Blake added seven.
Batesville led 6-3, 13-9 and 21-12 at the quarter breaks and never trailed.
The Lyon Scots held tough in the first half against the No. 10 Union Bulldogs, but a strong second half propelled Union to a 91-63 win Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
The Scots trailed 39-34 at halftime of the TranSouth contest. Union opened the second half with an 11-4 run and never looked back.
“It was just one of those nights,” Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins lamented. “Against the number 10 team in the country, you have to learn how to carry it over to the second half. Shooting 37 percent, you won’t win many ballgames.”
MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz and Bearkatz delivered here Thursday night.
The Lady ’Katz completed a sweep of 2A-2 District opponents with a 63-45 shellacking of the Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats. The Lady ’Katz finished 12-0 in the district. Their overall mark improved to 23-6.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kobe Bryant missed the Los Angeles Lakers’ final game before the All-Star break with a sore left ankle.
Bryant was on the active roster Wednesday night at Utah, but did not dress and was not with the Lakers on the bench. It was the third straight game the Lakers were without Bryant, who said this week he wasn’t sure if he would be healthy enough to play in the All-Star game on Sunday.
Bryant originally sprained his ankle on Jan. 29 in Philadelphia and aggravated it last week.
The White River Roadrunners will continue plans for the WRR Race Series at their monthly meeting Tuesday night at the Citizen Bank Annex, according to a news release from Joe Pool.
Members of the local running club will also review minutes from January and a financial statement, and review the Arkansas Grand Prix schedule and the races club members have participated in and their plans to participate in future races.
The meeting is scheduled to start at 7. As always, club members and guests are invited to arrive at the annex at 6 for a run.
SOUTHSIDE — Junior high district tournaments for area basketball teams finally got started Wednesday night, and the host teams got off to a good start in the 4A-2 District event.
In the tourney opener, the Junior Lady Southerners edged the Lonoke Junior Lady Jackrabbits 24-19. Jordan Shane led the winners with six points. The Junior Lady Southerners improved to 16-4.
ARKADELPHIA — The Lyon Pipers softball team began the season with a doubleheader split here Wednesday.
Helen Zyjewski came up big on offense and Faith Richmond pitched a gem in the circle to lead the Pipers to a 2-0 victory over the Ouachita Baptist Lady Tigers in the first game.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Jim Boeheim wiped his brow, tired but happy that his Syracuse Orange won another close game against Connecticut.
The struggling Huskies rallied from a 16-point, second-half deficit to tie the game at 65 with 2:33 left Wednesday night, only to watch Wes Johnson and Kris Joseph sink six straight free throws in the final 34 seconds to send No. 2 Syracuse to a 72-67 victory.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson’s quest for a fifth straight NASCAR championship will begin in a backup car.
Johnson was involved in the latest wreck at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday, doing enough damage that crew chief Chad Knaus decided to scrap the primary car for Sunday’s season-opening race.
“I was just riding along and thought everything was fine, and the next thing you know, I was in the middle of it,” Johnson said.