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SILOAM SPRINGS -- Mountain Home survived Siloam Springs' early ambush Friday. The Bombers then settled in and took advantage of their superior size.

Bombers 6-foot-9 post David Wehmeyer scored a game-high 21 points as Mountain Home defeated the Panthers 63-56 in a Class 6A matchup at Panther Activity Center.

Girls

Mountain Home 42, Siloam Springs 35

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Mountain Home (1-1): Pfeifer 19, Huskey 6, Foreman 4, Pinn 4, Walker 3, Martin 3, Jackson 3.

Siloam Springs (0-2): Price 16, Hollenback 12, Noel 3, Vaughn 2, Brown 2.

Boys

Mountain Home 63, Siloam Springs 56

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Mountain Home (1-1): Wehmeyer 21, Kruse 13, Benton 13, Peters 9, Beshears 5, Dibble 2.

Siloam Springs (0-2): Lashley 13, Perkins 10, Stewart 9, Wakefield 7, Clement 6, Flores 5, Ward 3, Everett 2, Vachon 1.

Mountain Home's Luke Kruse and Talyn Benton each added 13 points for the Bombers (1-1), including three 3-pointers for Benton in the first half.

Siloam Springs opened the game to a 9-2 advantage after Diego Flores hit a 3-pointer and Jacob Wakefield and Murphy Perkins scored buckets inside. But Mountain Home went on a 9-0 run later in quarter to take a 14-12 lead on a 3-pointer from Benton.

"They came out and put it to us," said Mountain Home coach Josh Fulcher. "We kind of settled down. Then we kind of lost focus and wanted to shoot it from the outside and not take advantage of our big guy inside."

The Bombers took a 19-18 lead at the end of the first quarter when Benton banked in another three, and Mountain Home never trailed again.

A Wehmeyer putback of his own miss gave the Bombers a 33-28 halftime lead.

"That's kind of what he gives us," Fulcher said of Wehymeyer. "He's a banger. He's been in the gym for a little more than a week now. He's come from football. He's really rusty."

Siloam Springs (0-2) pulled within 38-36 in the third quarter when Perkins scored in transition, but the Bombers scored the next seven points to go up 45-36 after a 3-pointer by Colton Peters, who added nine points.

The Bombers pulled ahead 49-39 after three quarters and led by a comfortable margin for most of the fourth quarter.

A late Siloam Springs surge by its younger players cut the lead down to seven late with a chance to get even closer. Spencer Lashley led the Panthers with 13 points, while Perkins added 10.

"No issues with effort at all," said Siloam Springs coach Tim Stewart. "Our kids battled and really showed some toughness in spurts. We've just got to do a little better job keeping possession of the ball."

Girls

Mountain Home 42, Siloam Springs 35

The Lady Bombers defeated the Lady Panthers in a defensive struggle.

Mountain Home (1-1) led 36-26 in the fourth quarter when a 9-2 Siloam Springs (0-2) run cut the lead to 38-35 with 32.3 seconds left after a 3-pointer from Chloe Price.

Lady Bombers senior Hannah Pfeifer hit four straight free throws to help Mountain Home (1-1) finish off the win. Pfeifer finished with 19 points, while Price had 16 and Hadlee Hollenback 12 -- all in the fourth quarter.

Sports on 11/18/2017

Print Headline: Bombers settle in, win at Siloam Springs

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