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Area Basketball Roundup

by Henry Apple | February 14, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.

PREP BASKETBALL

Boys

Bentonville High 46, Rogers High 35

Owen Dehrmann came off the bench to score 13 points as Bentonville clinched the outright 6A-West Conference regular-season championship with a road win over Rogers in Saturday's makeup game.

The Tigers (18-1, 12-0) had a slim 24-22 lead at halftime, then outscored the Mounties 13-5 in the third quarter for a 37-27 as Jaylen Lee scored seven points and Abel Hutchinson had six. Dehrmann then was responsible for seven of Bentonville's nine points in the fourth quarter.

Lee was the only other Tiger in double figures with 11 points. Karsen Uecker led Rogers (8-8, 5-7) with nine points, while Will Liddell and Van Rhame added eight apiece.

Bentonville West 76, Rogers Heritage 56

West hammered Heritage with a 3-point barrage, connecting on 17 shots from beyond the arc, as the Wolverines rolled to a 6A-West Conference win during Saturday's makeup game in War Eagle Arena.

Evan White hit six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points for West (15-9, 8-4), whose win means the Wolverines will finish no worse than fourth in the league standings with two games remaining. Riley Buccino was next with 17 points, followed by Anthony George with 14 and Tucker Anderson with 10.

The Wolverines hit seven 3-pointers in the first quarter, and Buccino's layup at the buzzer made it a 23-10 game. West extended its lead to 49-22 at halftime and hit five more 3-pointers in the third quarter to take a 68-41 lead.

Micah Hill had 15 points to lead Heritage (5-13, 2-8), followed by Jaden Torres with 12 and Kyle Ingram with 10.

Clarksville 75, Heber Springs 49

Owen Ashlock had 24 points to lead a trio of Clarksville players in double figures Saturday as the Panthers defeated Heber Springs and advanced in the 4A-4 Conference Tournament.

Clarksville outscored Heber Springs 23-12 in the second quarter and turned a seven-point lead into a 42-24 halftime margin. The host Panthers then stretched their lead out to a 60-36 margin after three quarters.

John Case added 14 and Tobin Bush 14 for Clarksville, which advances to a 6 p.m. quarterfinal game at Dardanelle.

Valley Springs 68, West Fork 63

Valley Springs hit five free throws in the final 9.5 seconds to edge West Fork and advance in the 3A-1 Conference Tournament.

Brock Lippe's free throw with 9.5 seconds left put Valley Springs (19-9) ahead, then Trell Trammell hit two more with 2 seconds remaining after a West Fork turnover. Another West Fork turnover then allowed Lippe to hit two more at the line with 0.7 seconds left and seal the win.

Trammell finished with 25 points for Valley Springs, which advances to Wednesday's semifinal game at Elkins and clinches a spot in the Class 3A Region 1 tournament the following week in Bergman. Cape followed with 21 points and Lippe added 11.

Ethan Howerton led West Fork with 22 points while Wyatt Kutz and Eli Howerton chipped in 16 apiece.

Harrison 69, Gravette 66

Harrison held off Gravette's fourth-quarter comeback enough to pick up its second 4A-1 Conference victory in as many days.

Abe Glidewell had 22 points to lead the Goblins, who owned a 32-22 lead at halftime and a 48-35 cushion after three quarters. Gravette then made its move with 31 points over the final 8 minutes, but the Lions couldn't get any closer than three points in the closing seconds.

Gatlin James added 13 points and Ethan Edwards 10 points for Harrison, which advances to a quarterfinal game Monday at Huntsville. Tristan Batie scored 15 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead Gravette, while Cordell Donell added 10.

The game was played in Gravette's old gym because of covid-19 protocol as its girls played their game in the new arena.

Morrilton 52, Clarksville 29

Morrilton raced out to an early 25-9 lead and defeated Clarksville in the final regular-season game for the two 4A-4 Conference schools Friday night in Morrilton.

The Devil Dogs' lead grew to 38-17 at halftime and 52-22 through three quarters.

Tobin Bush had six points to lead Clarksville, which opened conference tournament play Saturday night against Heber Springs.

Harrison 64, Gentry 26

Harrison manufactured 11-0 and 10-0 runs in the first half and defeated Gentry to start 4A-1 Conference Tournament play in Goblin Arena.

The Goblins broke an early 4-4 tie with its first offensive run, then used its second run to start the second quarter as Harrison outscored Gentry 21-4 and built a 41-14 halftime cushion.

Ethan Edwards had 14 points and Logan Plumlee added 10 for the Goblins.

Shiloh Christian 50, Pea Ridge 46

Shiloh Christian trailed 14-0 to start the game, but the Saints bounced back and defeated Pea Ridge to advance in the 4A-1 Conference Tournament.

The Saints pulled within 25-23 at halftime, then held a 35-34 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Jeremiah Washington had 19 points and Eli Wisdom added 15 for Shiloh, which travels to Prairie Grove for a quarterfinal game Monday night. Jared Brewer led Pea Ridge with 15 points.

West Fork 62, Greenland 45

A productive second quarter allowed West Fork to take control and defeat Greenland in the opening game of the 3A-1 Conference Tournament in the Tiger Dome.

The Tigers outscored the Pirates 20-7 and turned a one-point deficit into a 26-14 halftime lead. West Fork owned a 44-29 lead after three quarters.

Eli Howerton had 25 points to lead three players in double figures for West Fork, which advanced to a Saturday afternoon game against Valley Springs. Wyett Kutz was next with 15, while Stoker Cornelius added 11.

Mulberry 64, Ozark Catholic 47

Tuff Villines scored a game-high 22 points to pace Mulberry to a win Friday night against Ozark Catholic.

Joseph Lewis added 20 for Mulberry.

Isaac McClinton led the way for Ozark Catholic with 18 points and Perrin Lunsford added 12.

Waldron 65, Hackett 37

Isaac Villerreal scored 14 points to help lead 3A-4 regular-season champion Waldron to a win over Hackett.

Gada Wagner scored nine points and Bryson Bailey and Caden Fuller finished with eight and seven points, respectively, for the winners (21-5, 13-1).

Cash Oliver led the Hornets (4-14, 3-10) with 14 points.

Mountainburg 62, Lavaca 47

Ethan Gregory saved his best for last.

The Mountainburg senior scored a career-high 37 points to pace the Dragons to a victory over Lavaca.

Waylon Cluck added 12 points for the Dragons (17-4, 9-2).

Luke Watson finished with 17 points for the 2A-4 co-champion Golden Eagles (13-7, 10-2).

Lamar 63, Atkins 44

Bradlee Kemp and Jaremy Larkins each had a double-double and led Lamar to a win over Atkins in 3A-5 Conference play.

Kemp finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Larkins was just as impressive for the Warriors (16-4, 11-2) as he finished with 16 points, pulled down 10 boards and dished out eight assists for the Warriors (16-4, 11-2). Lamar's Jerron Massengale had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, while teammate Ethan Kendall finished with 14 points.

Cedarville 64, Cossatot River 35

The Cluck brothers almost outscored Cossatot River by themselves.

Austin Cluck scored 19 first-half points to pace the Pirates on Senior Night. Younger brother Dylan added 11, also in the first half, for the second-seeded Pirates (13-9, 9-4).

All four of coach Frank Cluck's seniors were able to score in the team's fifth straight victory.

GIRLS

Rogers Heritage 41, Bentonville West 35

Carlee Casteel scored a game-high 16 points to help the Lady War Eagles hold on for the 6A-West win on Saturday.

Heritage led 28-18 at halftime, but had its lead trimmed to 32-27 entering the fourth quarter.

Marybeth Dyson and Savannah Rangel led West with six points each.

Gravette 50, Gentry 46

Gravette made its move in the second quarter, then held off a Gentry comeback to earn a 4A-1 Conference victory Saturday in its new arena.

The Lady Lions (14-6) outscored the Lady Pioneers 19-11 in the second quarter and turned a four-point deficit into a 26-22 halftime lead. Gentry was able to close the gap to 40-38 before the third quarter ended, but never completely erased Gravette's lead.

Lizzy Ellis had 14 points to lead three players in double figures for the Lady Lions, who are scheduled to travel Monday to Berryville for a quarterfinal game, while Shylee Morrison added 13 and Dalacie Wishon 10. Alyssa McCarty paced Gentry with 12 points while Lexi Fowler added 10.

Paris 46, Waldron 38

The duo of Jadyn Hart and Brailey Forst combined for 32 points Saturday and led Paris to a victory in the 3A-4 Conference Tournament in Paris

The Lady Eagles put on a strong second-half performance after trailing by a 30-19 halftime margin. Paris went on a 14-4 run in the third quarter and made it a 34-33 game, then outscored the Lady Bulldogs 13-4 over the final 8 minutes.

Hart finished with 17 points to lead Paris, followed by Forst with 15. Rheagan Sanford had 20 points for Waldron, while Hailey Stidman added 11.

Gentry 38, Huntsville 28

Gentry held Huntsville scoreless for the full second quarter and earned an opening-round victory in the 4A-1 Conference tournament in Charles Berry Gymnasium.

The Lady Pioneers outscored the Lady Eagles 8-0 in the second quarter and turned Gentry's early 13-6 lead into a 21-6 halftime margin. The Lady Pioneers then held a 29-13 cushion after three quarters.

Jaiden Wilmoth had 10 points and Emily Toland 8 for Gentry, which advanced to play Saturday's second-round game at Gravette. Paige Bennett scored 11 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter for Huntsville, while Tanna Wilson had all the Lady Eagles' first-half points and finished with 11.

Bergman 57, Norfork 35

Abby Hodges had 14 points to lead a trio of Bergman players in double figures as the Lady Panthers closed out their regular season with a nonconference win over Norfork.

The game was arranged after Bergman lost its game against Lincoln when the 3A-1 Conference called off its remaining games and started its tournament Friday night. The Lady Panthers, the league's top seed, will not play until Thursday's semifinal round.

Kara Ponder added 11 points and Maddie Holt 10 for Bergman, which closed out the regular season with a 24-game win streak.

Mulberry 44, Ozark Catholic 21

Amee Parish poured in 16 points to lead the Yellowjackets to the 1A-1 West Conference win.

Mulberry led 13-6 at halftime and push that advantage to 30-16 after three quarters. Becca Buron led the Lady Griffons with seven points.

Booneville 48, Waldron 39

Leigh Swint scored 14 points on 12-of-16 free throw attempts and Heaven Sanchez added 10 points as Booneville rolled past Hackett in 3A-4 play.

Hayley Roberts scored nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Lady'Cats (13-8). Joleigh Tate finished with nine points and nine rebounds.

Madi Taylor and Kyleigh Hill added 14 and nine points, respectively, for the Lady Hornets (1-19).

Lamar 55, Lavaca 29

Bailee Cowell scored 13 points to pace Lamar to a nonconference win over Lavaca to finish the regular season Friday night.

Britlyn Kendall added 12 for the Lady Warriors, 16-6 overall. Lamar edged Atkins earlier in the week (42-41) to finish fourth in the 3A-5 with a 9-5 record.

Katie May led the Lady Arrows with 13 points.

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CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES

4A-1

Boys

Friday

Game 1 E4 Harrison 64, W5 Gentry 26

Game 2 E3 Shiloh Christian 50, W4 Pea Ridge 46

Saturday

Game 3 Harrison 69, W3 Gravette 66

Monday

Game 4 Harrison at E2 Huntsville, 6 p.m.

Game 5 Shiloh Christian at W2 Prairie Grove, 6 p.m.

Tuesday

Game 6 Game 4 winner at W1 Farmington, 6 p.m.

Game 7 Game 5 winner at E1 Berryville, 6 p.m.

Wednesday

Game 8 Third-place game, 6 p.m. (game location TBD)

Game 9 Championship game, 6 p.m. (game location TBD)

Girls

Today

Game 1 W5 Gentry 38, E4 Huntsville 28

Saturday

Game 2 W3 Gravette 50, Gentry 46

Game 3 E3 Shiloh Christian 51, W4 Prairie Grove 41

Monday

Game 4 Gravette at E2 Berryville, 6 p.m.

Game 5 Shiloh Christian at W2 Farmington, 6 p.m.

Tuesday

Game 6 Game 4 winner at W1 Pea Ridge, 6 p.m.

Game 7 Game 5 winner at E1 Harrison, 6 p.m.

Wednesday

Game 8 Third-place game, 6 p.m. (game location TBD)

Game 9 Championship game, 6 p.m. (game location TBD)

3A-1

Boys

Today

Game 1 No. 6 West Fork 62, No. 7 Greenland 45

Saturday

Game 2 No. 5 Green Forest 57, No. 4 Lincoln 55

Game 3 No. 3 Valley Springs 68, West Fork 63

Wednesday

Game 4 Green Forest at No. 1 Bergman, 6 p.m.

Game 5 Valley Springs at No. 2 Elkins, 6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 19

Game 6 Championship at higher-seeded team, 6 p.m.

Girls

Friday

Game 1 No. 6 Green Forest 44, No. 7 Greenland 40

Saturday

Game 2 No. 3 Elkins 58, Green Forest 35

Game 3 No. 4 West Fork 51, No. 5 Lincoln 36

Thursday

Game 4 Elkins at No. 2 Valley Springs, 6 p.m.

Game 5 West Fork at No. 1 Bergman, 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20

Game 6 Championship at higher-seeded team, 6 p.m.

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