SWIFTON — A barrage of 3-pointers from Richie Tharp helped the Trumann Wildcats eliminate the Izard County Cougars from the Kell Classic basketball tournament here Monday night.
Tharp tickled the twine from downtown 10 times and led the Wildcats (6-5) with 30 points as they defeated the Cougars 76-59.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Howard Crawford expected to take the final shot. What he didn’t expect was how easy it was going to be for him.
With 1 second left, Crawford rolled off a pick at the top of the key and raced all alone down the lane, catching Jamarr Sanders’ inbound pass and dunking to give No. 24 Alabama-Birmingham a 73-72 win over Arkansas on Saturday.
“I was shocked I was that wide open,” Crawford, who scored 13 points, said. “I was going to take the final shot no matter what.”
As of press time this morning, junior high basketball games scheduled for three sites in the Guard-circulation area had been removed from today’s schedule due to weather-related road conditions.
The Newport-at-Batesville, Mountain View-at-Cave City, Greers Ferry West Side-at-Concord and Hillcrest-at-Izard County games were called off and have not been rescheduled. The games in Brockwell (Izard County) had actually been called off earlier due to a scheduling conflict.
SWIFTON — The Southside Southerners and Izard County Lady Cougars won George Kell Classic high school basketball openers here Saturday.
The Southerners slipped by the Maynard Tigers, winning 57-52 as Tyler Hoover scored 22 points and Michael Smith added 11. Prince Vaughn grabbed six rebounds for the winner. Dalton Littleton contributed four assists.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — There’s something about these season finales for Arkansas under Coach Bobby Petrino.
The Razorbacks finished with another tense victory Saturday night when they beat East Carolina 20-17 in the Liberty Bowl. Alex Tejada, who has missed his share of big kicks in his career, booted the game-winning field goal in overtime.
It was a scene reminiscent of 2008, when maligned quarterback Casey Dick threw the winning touchdown pass in a 31-30 victory over LSU to end that season.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — After a 9-1 start to the season, the Lyon College Pipers dropped two straight over the weekend at the Cougar Classic.
A 4-game winning streak was halted Friday.
No. 9 Columbia and No. 23 William Woods did the damage on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The Pipers held their ground in the first half against the Lady Cougars. It was tied 29-29 at the half, but Columbia ran away in the second half for a 65-57 decision.
Columbia (10-1) beat Lyon 61-57 in Batesville on Nov. 28. It was Lyon’s only loss until Columbia did it again New Year’s Day.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Alex Tejada kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime to give Arkansas a 20-17 win in the Liberty Bowl on Saturday night after East Carolina’s Ben Hartman missed two field goal attempts late in regulation and another in the extra session.
Hartman missed from 39 yards with 1:03 remaining and from the same distance on the final play of the fourth quarter, then missed from 35 in overtime. Tejada, who has struggled with kicks in pressure situations himself, made his attempt to end the game.
Arkansas won despite going 0 of 13 on third downs.
Lengthening winning strides by Batesville High School runners, an all-seasons surge by Melbourne High athletes, and good and bad happenings on the college coaching front made big news in the Guard-circulation area in 2009.
The Lady Pioneer track and field and cross country teams continued their hold on Class 5A state championships. The track and field team won its fifth straight title in May. Six months later, the cross country team won its sixth in a row.
HARRISON — Chance Sugg hit a buzzer-beating, 16-foot jumper to lift the Paragould Rams past the Batesville Pioneers for a 44-42 victory in a consolation game of the Lendel Thomas Classic here Wednesday afternoon.
The Pioneers led most of the game and were up seven with five minutes and 30 seconds to go, Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said. “But then we gave up a 3-point play. From there we made three bad decisions and Paragould got up by one with about two mintues to go,” he added.
JONESBORO — The Cave City Cavewomen showed no mercy as they collected their second straight Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament championship here Wednesday evening.
Cave City, the top seed in the 65th edition of the tournament, dominated the second-seeded Bay Lady Yellow Jackets 61-38.
The Cavewomen were stellar on defense once again. Bay didn’t score until Tressa Jenkins hit a 3-pointer with 1:50 to play in the first quarter. Cave City led 11-7 at the end of the quarter.
CONCORD — The Rose Bud Ramblers hit 16 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter to defeat the Concord Pirates 66-64 and collect the Greers Ferry Lake Classic high school basketball championship here Wednesday night.
“Our free-throw shooting was huge,” Rose Bud Coach Matt Porter said. “We’ve struggled at the free-throw line most of the season. We’ve talked about it, worked on it and tonight it showed. Heck, it won the game for us.”
HARRISON — The Bergman Panthers shot past the Batesville Pioneers in the second half here Tuesday night while posting a 61-52 victory in the consolation semifinals of the Lendel Thomas Classic at Harrison High School’s Spook House.
The Panthers scored the first seven points of the second half, overcoming a 26-22 halftime deficit, and never trailed again.
Bergman’s Matthew Bruce scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. Trevor Honeycutt added 16. Marcus Montgomery and Kendall Ruff tallied 10 apiece.