The Blue Mountain Toppers shot 47 percent from the 3-point arc and hit 27 free throws en route to an 80-69 upset of the Lyon Pipers on Saturday in TranSouth Athletic Conference action at Becknell Gym.
Lyon (17-12, 7-9) ended the regular season with three straight conference losses and fell into a fifth-place tie in the TranSouth standings with Martin Methodist. Lyon won the tie-breaker and will travel to Nashville, Tenn. to take on fourth-seeded and No. 17 Trevecca Nazarene Wednesday in the first round of the TranSouth Tournament.
The Lyon Scots closed the regular season with a hard-fought, 99-93 victory over the Blue Mountain Toppers Saturday in Becknell Gymnasium.
The victory was the first for the Scots since a 74-67 decision over Philander Smith on Jan. 18. It ended an 11-game losing streak.
Six Scots scored in double figures, led by senior James Jackson’s 20 points. Freshman Slater Belew added 17 while Brandon Cowart pitched in 13, Andy Lee 12, Hunter Sample 11 and Quinn Cooper 10.
Yvonne Satterwhite and Chris Baxter won the Batesville Women’s and Men’s Bowling Associations Mixed No-Tap Tournament recently at Hollywood Bowl.
Satterwhite-Baxter topped 38 teams with a 1,611 series. The score was compiled from the best three of four games and the team’s handicap.
The team of Shelia Strain-Jeff Phillips finished second with a score of 1,594.
Jake Thomas recorded a unanimous decision win over Dominique Azeez in the main event of Bad Boy Promotions’ Brawl For All on Saturday night in Batesville’s Army National Guard Armory.
The 4-round affair went the distance after Azeez survived a barrage of punches from Thomas, a local fighter who moved to Batesville from Nashville, Tenn. Thomas is an employee at Bad Boy Mowers.
A new White River Roadrunners Race Series got started Saturday with the running of the Penguin Run 5K/10K, and it even included a new race.
Little else new happened at the finish line, however. Clan Weatherford and Emily Carroll, the Izard County runners who dominated the inaugural series last year, got off to a good start.
Weatherford won the men’s overall title, setting a personal-best time of 38 minutes, 7.49 seconds over the new 10-kilometer course. Previously, the race included only a 5K route.
Carroll won the women’s title with a time of 44:51.43.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots’ woes continued here Thursday night as the Freed-Hardeman Lions recorded a 97-54 TranSouth Athletic Conference victory.
The Lions led 48-31 at halftime. The 41-point loss is the biggest margin of defeat for the Scots since Jan. 29 of last year when Martin Methodist beat Lyon 90-48.
Freed-Hardeman hit a blistering 60 percent from the field (40 of 67) while the Scots settled for 38 percent (20 of 52).
HENDERSON, Tenn. — The No. 13 Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions defeated the Lyon Pipers 64-51 in a TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball game here Thursday night.
Freed-Hardeman’s starting five accounted for 55 of the squad’s 64 points.
FHU’s Meribeth Bohler recorded a game-high 18 points and teammates Jana Cross and Hannah Parsley each earned double-digit nights with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Starting guard Whitney Johnson added nine points.
It was all about heart, Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said after the Lady Pioneers’ 55-50, overtime high school basketball victory over the Blytheville Lady Chickasaws in Pioneer Gym Thursday night.
And you’ve got to wonder if Nettleton Coach Jason Smith and the Lady Raiders sent a bunch of heart-shaped boxes of candy and roses to the Lady Pioneers. The Lady Pioneers’ victory and the Lady Raiders’ win over the cellar-dwelling Forrest City Lady Mustangs in Jonesboro meant the Lady Raiders won the 5A-East District title outright.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Patrick Patterson agonized for a month over the one blemish on No. 2 Kentucky’s otherwise perfect season — a loss to South Carolina on a night when he had just five points, his worst outing by far.
“It was just pitiful on my part,” he said. “No energy, no offensive presence, no defensive presence. I was extremely frustrated.”
Determined not to repeat it in Thursday night’s rematch with the Gamecocks, Patterson responded with a season-high 23 points — many of them in the clutch — and Kentucky coasted to an 82-61 victory.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — They ambled back onto the ice an hour after the medal ceremony, swigging champagne and beer and smoking cigars. While Meghan Agosta and Marie-Philip Poulin posed for pictures with goofy grins, Rebecca Johnston tried to drive the ice-resurfacing machine.
Life is sweet when there’s a gold medal hanging from your neck in your home rink.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Lyon College Pipers left 17 runners on base in a pair of doubleheader losses to the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles on Thursday in nonconference play.
Lyon (5-5) lost game one 10-2 and dropped the second game by a 12-0 score. Williams Baptist moves to 6-4 this season.
The Pipers stranded 12 runners and committed six errors in game one and stranded five runners and had just three hits in game two. Lyon starter Faith Richmond (3-2) suffered the game-one loss on the mound, while game-two starter Tenequa Martin (1-2) earned the second loss.
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland Mustangs advanced into the Class 2A North Region Tournament semifinals with a 65-54 win over the Marmaduke Greyhounds here Thursday night.
Midland led 32-19 at halftime after hanging onto a 15-12 advantage at the end of the first period.
“I thought the first half was the best 16 minutes of basketball we have played this year,” Midland Coach Rick McKinney said. “Our zone defense was outstanding and Nate Rickett really did a great job of attacking the basket to compliment Ben Lytle inside.”