PARAGOULD — The Batesville Pioneers hit 14 of 19 free throws in the fourth quarter here Friday night to hold off the Paragould Rams for a 59-49, 5A-East District high school basketball victory.
And there were other bigger numbers.
The win was their first in district play this season and stopped a losing streak at 16 games. Their previous victory happened Nov. 23, a 58-55 decision against the Searcy Lions in Pioneer Gymnasium.
The Pioneers are 1-6 in the district and 2-17 overall.
“Long time coming,” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said Sunday afternoon.
Slater Belew continued his hot streak, but the Lyon Scots came up six points short in their quest to knock off the fourth-place Mid-Continent Cougars Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium.
Belew, a freshman, scored 23 points to lead the Scots. That performance follows, a career-best 26 points and is the third straight game he’s scored 20 or more.
The Lyon Pipers blasted out of the starting block and never looked back en route to a 70-44 decision over the Mid-Continent Lady Cougars Saturday in Becknell Gymnasium.
The Lady Cougars opened the TranSouth Athletic Conference contest with a bucket on its first possession, but Lyon cruised to a 22-10 lead eight minutes in.
Mid-Continent got as close as seven (30-23), but that was as close as it would get. The Pipers scored the last 10 points of the first half to take a 40-23 lead into the locker room.
That lead grew to as many as 29 points during the second half.
NEWARK — The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz broke away in the third quarter and went on to clinch the 2A-2 District regular-season title here Friday night.
Leading 15-13 at halftime, the Lady ’Katz limited the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves to six points in the third quarter en route to a 46-33 decision.
“I just thought it was a really strong defensive effort by the entire team,” Melbourne Coach Bruce Adams said. “Lots of times we’ve outscored people, but here in the second half of the season we’re defending much better.”
MIAMI — The New Orleans Saints turned the Super Bowl’s postgame celebration into something out of the French Quarter.
From the trophy podium on the field, Drew Brees blew kisses and caught confetti raining down as Dr. John and Professor Longhair blared from the stadium speakers. Coach Sean Payton hung over the railing clapping and shouting down to the crowd as if he were rolling on a Mardi Gras float, then waved a newspaper with the banner headline “WORLD CHAMPS.”
Who are the champions? The New Orleans Saints, dat’s who.
Lyon’s baseball home-opener with Mid-America Nazarene has been canceled due to field conditions, Coach Tony Roepcke said.
Mid-America Nazarene was scheduled to play Lyon for a single game today and a doubleheader Saturday. All three games have been nixed.
Roepcke said he has arranged a doubleheader at Henderson State for Sunday. The start time is noon.
Weather permitting, the Scots will play their home-opener Tuesday against Christian Brothers.
MELBOURNE — Emily Carroll, Melbourne High School senior and state champion cross country and track and field athlete, signed a letter of intent this morning to attend Arkansas State University and compete for the Red Wolves.
Carroll entertained offers from several schools, but went with the school in Jonesboro because of its undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, and the opportunity to compete in both sports, she said.
LEBANON, Tenn. — Lyon College forward Slater Belew exploded for a career-high 26 points, but the Cumberland Bulldogs proved to be too much for the Scots on Thursday evening in a 94-68 TranSouth Athletic Conference blowout.
The Scots (5-16, 1-8) have lost five straight and are 2-8 in their last 10 games. The Bulldogs (8-13, 5-3) are 4-2 in their last six conference games.
LEBANON, Tenn. — Tamara Gonzalez hit two free throws with two seconds left in overtime to give the Cumberland Bulldogs to a 57-55 victory over the Lyon Pipers here Thursday evening in a TranSouth Athletic Conference.
Syeeda Echols fired a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but it didn’t fall. She forced overtime with a layup.
Lyon (14-8, 4-5) has played in two straight overtime games and four total this season. The Pipers are 2-2 in those extra-frame matchups. Cumberland (8-10, 2-6) snapped a 5-game losing streak with the victory.
PARAGOULD — Lana Blake hit two free throws with 2.8 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers over the Greene County Tech Junior Lady Eagles for a 32-30, 5A-East District basketball victory.
The score was tied at 6 at the end of the first quarter and at 28 when regulation time ended. Batesville led 15-13 at halftime and 21-19 after three quarters.
Kinsey Scaggs topped Batesville’s scoring with 10 points. Blake added nine.
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Melbourne Bearkatz jumped to a big early lead and cruised in with a 43-38 victory over the Midland Mustangs in a 2A-2 District meeting here Thursday.
The ’Katz led 32-15 at halftime.
Kody Caraway scored 22 points for the winners. Dalton Grigg contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds. Spencer Caraway added 12 points and eight rebounds as the district leaders improved to 10-1 in the district and 25-5 overall.
Derek Tharp scored 11 points for Midland. Ben Lytle added 10.