photo by TAMMY HOBSON
Cedarville’s Colton McMellon tries to block Mountainburg’s Quency Pixley during Monday’s junior high game at Cedarville. The Dragons won 37-32.
Mountainburg 37, Cedarville 32 (Boys)
Three Mountainburg players reached double digits and held off a late Cedarville rally to pick up the nonconference win Monday night.
Both Elijah Wilson and Avery Hampton scored 12 points each for the Dragons and Quency Pixley, who shot 6 of 7 from the free-throw line, added 10 points.
The Dragons were leading 24-19 heading into the fourth quarter and was up 27-23 when Colton McMellen and Dillon Strelow hit back-to-back baskets to tie up the game, 27-all, with 2:40 remaining in the game. Mountainburg rebuilt its lead, 33-27, capped with a pair of free throws from Pixley.
Strelow led the Pirates with 10 points. Andrew Hernandez had five points and five rebounds for Cedarville.
Pixley finished with a game-high six rebounds.
Overall, Mountainburg was 15 of 21 from the line, while Cedarville was 3 of 15.
Mountainburg 28, Cedarville 20 (Girls)
Addison Peters had 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds to help the Lady Dragons pick up the win Monday night in Cedarville. Kristen Webb led all scorers with 12 points.
Cedarville’s Lakota Brewer led her team with nine points and four of the team’s six steals. Lucy Shelly added six points, while Kaelyn Church had five points and five rebounds.
Mountainburg had a 7-0 scoring spree to take the lead 12-6 after a basket by Webb with 4:13 remaining in the first half.
A three pointer by Brewer and a pair of free throws from Shelly pulled the Lady Pirates back within one, 12-11 with 1:30 left. Mountainburg hit the final two shots of the half to extend its lead 16-11 at the break.
Shelly started the second half with a bucket to make 16-13, but that would be as close as the Lady Pirates would get for the duration of the game.
The Lady Pirates were 7 of 18 from the free throw line, while Mountainburg was just 3 of 5.
Cedarville 32, Hackett 27 (Girls)
Madison Bailey and Cassie Bell both scored in double digits as the Lady Pirates one the consolation game Saturday.
Bailey paced Cedarville with 12 points and Bell added 11.
Hackett led 6-3 after the first quarter, but Cedarville came back to lead 14-10 at halftime. The Lady Pirates extended their lead 22-15 in the third quarter.
Hackett 40, Cedarville 30 (Boys)
Colton McMellon and Darian Cunningham each had 10 points in Saturday’s loss.
VBFA 45, Russellville 33
Beau Beckner and Johnny Harms combined for 33 points to give the Van Buren Freshman Academy the third-place win at the tournament on Saturday.
Beckner had 17 points and Harms added 16 in the win for the Pointers (2-1).
VBFA led 21-16 at the end of the first half, but extended the lead to double digits, 35-21, heading into the fourth quarter.
Melik McElwee added four for the Pointers, while both Logan Thomas and Max Criswell had two points each.
VBFA travels back to Pope County on Dec. 2 for a nonconference game at Pottsville.
Clarksville 23, VBFA 21
The Lady Panthers won the third-place game thanks to a strong second quarter.
VBFA led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter, but Clarksville scored 14 points to go up 17-13 by halftime.
Jamilyn Kinney led with 14 points and Addie Outlaw tossed in three. Taylar Sutton and Alexis Engel added two points each.
The Lady Pointers travel back to Pope County on Dec. 2 for a nonconference game at Pottsville.
Cabot South 42, Alma 35
The Lady Airedales finished second at the tournament with the loss in the finale.
Bailey Jones led with 12 points for Alma while Abbye Ostrander added 11.
Alma hosts Fayetteville Ramay on Dec. 2.