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.”
Lyon College guard James Jackson has been named the recipient of the Bad Boy Mowers basketball scholarship for the 2009-10 school year, according to a news release from the college.
Jackson, a 6-foot-4 senior on the Scots’ basketball team, was selected for his work in the classroom and his performance as a student athlete. Jackson averages 10.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He was selected a TranSouth Scholar Athlete in 2008-09 and is on track to repeat the honor this season.
Guard circulation area high school basketball teams went 3-1 in the first round of region tournaments Wednesday, and two of those punched their tickets to a state tournament.
The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz and Bearkatz earned berths in the Class 2A State Tournament in Carlisle with victories in the 2A North Region Tournament at Midland High in Pleasant Plains. The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves lost and saw their season come to an end in Pleasant Plains.
Twenty-four participants in the local Top Flight Youth Basketball League recently met the challenge in fitness and skills, according to a news release from David Brogdon.
The first-, second- and third-place finishers, listed in order, in the NBA and WNBA FIT Challenge and SKILLS Challenge are:
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Matt Kenseth rolled into Las Vegas a year ago looking to become the first driver to open a season with three consecutive victories.
He returns to Sin City this week still trying to get back to Victory Lane.
There have certainly been some strange turns for Kenseth since his spectacular start last season.
An engine failure six laps into the Las Vegas race last March left in him in last place and began a downward trend that saw Kenseth miss the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for the first time.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tasmin Mitchell kept thinking about the pounding LSU took in its last meeting with Arkansas.
Then he looked across the court before Wednesday night’s rematch and got the distinct impression the Razorbacks were thinking about it, too.
“At Arkansas, we didn’t come out with aggressiveness and stuff like that. They beat us by 35 out there and they came out here, we saw them warm up … like it was just going to be a cakewalk,” Mitchell said. “So I was like, ‘Man, no can do. Let’s go out here and play these guys like we owe them something.’”
Professional boxing will be back in Batesville at the National Guard Armory on Saturday night, event promoter Brandon Foster announced.
Seven professional boxing bouts are scheduled as well as two amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts. Local fighters April Ward (4-1) and Mike Wagenblast (1-1) will be making their second appearance at the armory.
In Ward’s first appearance, she retired Chelsey Chapmen at the end of the first round.