The Batesville Lady Pioneers’ first four baskets were good indicators of how and why they were going to have success Tuesday night in Pioneer Gym.
En route to a 64-49, 5A-East District high school basketball victory over the Paragould Lady Rams:
•Rachel Shellenberger popped a 3-pointer to begin the scoring;
•Shelby Winkle rebounded a Shellenberger miss and scored for a 5-2 lead;
•Alex Davidson penetrated from the left wing and hit a hard-pressed layup for a 7-2 advantage;
•and Winkle capped the quick start with a fastbreak layup for a 9-2 lead.
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BROCKWELL — The Redskins led 41-25 at halftime and coasted to this nonconference victory.
Jacob Callahan led a quartet of double-digit scores for Pocahontas. He earned 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Matt Sullivan added 16 points, Blake Gray 15 and Hesten McFatridge 11.
The Cougars were led by Trenton Hatman’s 23 points and seven assists. Caleb Cowan threw in 13 points and Ryan Walker and Kyle King added eight apiece.
VALLEY SPRINGS — In typical fashion, the No. 4 Cave City Cavewomen and No. 1 Valley Springs Lady Tigers battled in a 3A 1-East District slobber-knocker here Tuesday night.
After trailing 16-10 at the half and 20-16 after three periods, Cave City rallied to win the key conference meeting 28-22.
WYNNE — The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers got back on the winning track here Monday with a 28-19 basketball victory over the Wynne Lady Bees in 5A-East District action.
Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said the Junior Lady Pioneers had to fend off a late rally.
“We had a pretty big early lead and led by something like 15 points at halftime,” he said. “Wynne made a big push in the fourth quarter. I’m just glad we held our composure.”
McDonald had no statistical information.
The Junior Lady Pioneers improved to 4-1 in the district and 5-7 overall.
The Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves and Tuckerman Junior Bulldogs played a wild one in the Hillcrest Junior High Tournament quarterfinals here Monday.
The Junior T-wolves won 68-60 in three overtimes. Blake Fuller led the winners with 20 points. Three other Junior T-wolves scored in double figures. Brett Bell added 17, Spencer Reaves chipped in 15, and Cole Crabtree added 13.
They offset the scoring of Tuckerman’s Cade Niswonger and Zach McArthur. Niswonger led with 28. McArthur added 20.
The Junior T-wolves improved to 10-3.
MAYFIELD, Ky. — The Lyon College Scots lost their fifth straight game Saturday evening as the Mid-Continent Cougars rolled 89-60.
It was the second straight TranSouth Athletic Conference loss for the Scots, making them 0-2 in league play and 3-10 overall. Mid-Continent snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 1-1 and 8-8, respectively.
The Cougars opened the game with a 30-10 surge and never looked back.
MAYFIELD, Ky. — Lauren Ramsey scored a season-high 17 points and Syeeda Echols pitched in 10 to lead the Lyon College Pipers to a 74-59 victory over the Mid-Continent Lady Cougars here Saturday in TranSouth Athletic Conference play.
Ramsey knocked down five of nine shots from the field and pulled down six rebounds. Echols hit two 3-pointers and was also credited a team-high seven rebounds.
HARRISON — The Melbourne Bearkatz outscored the Kingston Yellowjackets 18-6 in the third quarter here Saturday en route to a 61-60 high school basketball victory in the quarterfinal round of the North Arkansas College Tournament.
Melbourne led 16-15 after one quarter of play and 29-28 at halftime.
“We tipped one in at the buzzer to lead by one at halftime,” Melbourne Coach Mike Watson said.
Junior Dalton Grigg scored the final points of the first half. Classmate Spencer Caraway led the breakaway in the third, scoring 13 of his game-high 33 points.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is staying in college, passing up the NFL with an eye toward helping the Razorbacks become one of the nation’s elite teams.
Mallett announced his decision Friday. He threw for a school-record 3,624 yards this season, leading Arkansas’ young team to an 8-5 record. Mallett’s top wide receivers are expected back next season as well.
“We’re excited. We can’t wait,” Mallett said. “We’ve got a great team still that’s coming back.”
The Cumberland Bulldogs used a strong second half to defeat the Lyon Scots 72-59 in a TranSouth Athletic Conference opener Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
The Scots (3-9, 0-1) led 39-35 at halftime, but watched as the lead evaporated in the second half. Cumberland (4-10, 1-0) tied the game at 47-47 with 14 minutes to play and then took command with a 16-3 run over the next nine minutes. The Scots got as close as eight before taking the 13-point loss.
Stephanie Glover recorded her first career double-double and the Lyon Pipers won their TranSouth Athletic Conference opener Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
Glover, a freshman from Cabot, collected 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Pipers downed the Cumberland Lady Bulldogs 60-50. All but three rebounds of that came in the first half.
K.K. Hodges, a junior, just missed her eighth double-double of the season. She threw in a game-high 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Hodges was also credited with two blocked shots.