The Batesville Lady Pioneers won a high school basketball game Tuesday night in Pioneer Gym that left most people scratching their heads.
Pioneer fans were also smiling, however.
This morning, several hours after the 42-39 victory over the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets, Batesville Coach Patricia Stave couldn’t help but laugh as she said, “I have no earthly idea how we pulled that one out.”
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners stunned the Heber Springs Panthers 51-49 in a Class 4A-2 District basketball game here Tuesday night.
Southside led most of the game, but Heber Springs nudged ahead in the fourth quarter. Southside’s Tyler Hoover tied the game with 15 seconds to play and Heber Springs called a timeout five seconds later.
On the ensuing inbounds play, the Panthers were called for a 5-second violation, giving the ball back to the Southerners. Hoover then hit a shot in the lane to set the final.
Wynne Lady Yellowjackets (1-3, 5A-East District; 5-12, overall) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (2-2, 8-8), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.
Senior guard Lanora Bryant and junior center Porche Hall are each averaging 15 points per game for the Lady Yellowjackets. Hall, who stands 6-foot-2, is also averaging eight rebounds per contest. First-year Coach Ashley Keenon said her squad has had trouble holding onto the basketball in recent games, but she’s hoping that the return of Yasmine Cox, a junior guard, will help remedy that problem. Cox was academically ineligible during the first semester.
MARSHALL — The Cave City Cavewomen hit the 20-win mark with the help of Lindsey Wooldridge’s accurate 3-point shooting here Monday night.
Wooldridge hit six of seven 3-point shots while scoring 20 points to lead the Cavewomen to a 59-31 victory over the Marshall Lady Bobcats.
As a team, the Cavewomen hit 10 of 19 3-point shots. Claire Caldwell contributed eight steals. Jessica Hall provided five assists. Haley Bell led in rebounding with five.
With four 3A-1 East District games remaining, the Cavewomen are 7-1 in the district and 20-2 overall.
Melbourne senior Sara Beth Adams has signed a letter of intent to play for the Lyon College Pipers basketball team.
The signing ceremony took place Monday at Melbourne High School.
Adams began her high school career in Mount Pleasant and became a Lady Bearkat when the schools merged two years ago.
This season, she averages 12 points and nine rebounds per game.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts started this season with one goal: winning another Super Bowl.
Now they are a victory away from a championship and headed back to the site of their previous one.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Sean Payton still hadn’t gone home yet when the New Orleans Saints returned to work the day after the biggest win in franchise history.
Drained after an emotional overtime triumph that set off celebrations all across the city, Payton joined family and friends for dinner downtown and then relaxed in a hotel.
CENTER RIDGE — The Concord Pirates improved to 22-5 with a 65-61 nonconference win over the Nemo Vista Red Hawks here Friday night.
Chase Thomas unloaded for 27 points to pace the winners. Teammates Tim Fuller and Derek Burnett added 16 and 12, respectively.
Nemo Vista won the senior girls game 59-27, dropping the Lady Pirates to 11-12. Casey Gorecke scored 15 points in a losing effort.
Concord’s junior girls (18-5) were 44-20 winners behind Kayla Richardson’s 14 points.
MELBOURNE — It was a first for one Izard County Invitational Tournament champion and decisive for another.
With their first invitation to the annual event, the top-seeded Cave City Cavewomen held off the second-seeded Calico Rock Lady Pirates 39-34 here Saturday night.
A little later, the top-seeded Melbourne Bearkatz defended their title by dominating the third-seeded Cavemen, 57-31.
The Nettleton Raiders hit eight of 10 free throws in the final 69 seconds for a 44-38 decision and left Pioneer Gym Friday night with their first district victory of the season.
The Pioneers are still looking for their first district win — and their first win since November. The Pioneers are 0-4 in the district, 1-15 overall and losers of 14 in a row.
McKENZIE, Tenn. — The Bethel Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field and held the Lyon Scots to just 35 percent in a 69-55 TranSouth Athletic Conference victory here Saturday.
Bethel (10-10, 2-4) scored on 27 of 54 attempts from field-goal range and was led by Andre Crudup, who scored a game-high 19 points on eight of 13 field goals. Lyon (5-13, 1-5) lost its second straight conference game and scored on just 19 of 55 shots from the floor. That includes just one 3-pointer in 13 attempts.