WALNUT RIDGE — Syeeda Echols poured in a career-high 26 points and K.K. Hodges dropped in 23 more to lead the Lyon College Pipers to a 79-64 nonconference victory over the Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles on Thursday night.
“She’s certainly capable of putting up numbers like that regularly,” Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “She’s a really good shooter, but I don’t think her focus has been to score. She’s been playing extremely well for us. She’s rebounding and taking care of the ball, but I think her main focus and where she has been improving is her defense.”
Last year, Arkansas actually had an easier, albeit still difficult, time beating a good Tulsa team, 30-23 than escaping more obscure Western Illinois and Louisiana-Monroe teams, 28-24 and 28-27.
This year, going into Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. nonconference finale with the Troy Trojans at Razorback Stadium, the 5-4 Razorbacks steamrolled nonconference foes Missouri State, Texas A&M and Eastern Michigan, 48-10, 47-19 and 63-27, respectively.
What’s been the difference in second-year Coach Bobby Petrino’s Razorbacks this year?
Ryan Mallett is right on schedule.
The Arkansas quarterback has been exactly what the Razorbacks expected after sitting out last season as a transfer. With his strong arm and seemingly limitless confidence, Mallett has helped the Hogs become the Southeastern Conference’s highest-scoring team — and this week he’ll have a chance to set the school’s single-season passing record.
NEWPORT — Bruce Hill, Jason Horn, Tyler Vaughn and Kami Kick were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Hill won the street division with Tom Rising and Gary Spicer in tow.
Jason Horn was quicker than Jason Fields and Mike Gamble in the foot brake class.
The top spot in super pro went to Vaughn as Eric Schilly and Harold Finch rode second and third, respectively.
Kick beat Dylan Kick down the line in the junior dragster division as Shane Hill settled for third.
SOUTHSIDE — The Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves opened their basketball season here Wednesday night with a 44-22 victory over the Heber Springs Junior Panthers in the First National Banking Company Tournament.
In the other two first-round boys games, Riverview downed Southside 52-30 and Izard County edged Highland 43-39. Semifinal games for girls and boys are scheduled for today. Championship games are set for Saturday.
The final event of the White River Roadrunners Road Race Series is set for Saturday with the running of the Run Wild for a Child 5K, which starts and finishes at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
The race is sponsored by the college’s Circle K group and runners can register at the college beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $20. The race is scheduled to start at 10.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavewomen overcame a plethora of fouls and missed shots in the first quarter to post a 48-19 season-opening high school basketball win over the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles.
Eighteen fouls were called in the first quarter.
Cheyenne Childers, who recently signed with Williams Baptist, led Cave City with 19 points and eight rebounds. Teammates Claire Caldwell and Jessica Hall provided six assists apiece.
Hillcrest attempted 18 free throws, but managed to cash in on just seven.
The University of Arkansas suspended five players Tuesday, including three athletes identified in a rape complaint that did not result in charges, for violating unspecified team rules.
Coach John Pelphrey said guards Courtney Fortson and Stefan Welsh were suspended indefinitely. Guard Marcus Britt was suspended for six games, forward Glenn Bryant two games, and walk-on guard Nick Mason will not dress for games during the fall semester.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Junior Lady Southerners defeated the Izard County Junior Lady Cougars 30-19 here Monday night in the First National Banking Company Tournament.
Jennifer Wyatt led the winners with nine points. Southside will play Riverview Thursday night in the semifinals.
The Riverview Junior Lady Raiders defeated the Highland Junior Lady Rebels 45-26 in another first-round contest Monday night. Meghan Meachum led the winners with 23 points. Britney Bair scored eight points for Highland.