photo by TAMMY HOBSON
Mountainburg’s Shawn Hattabaugh wrestles for possession during Thursday’s junior high contest against Hackett. The Dragons won 29-21.
Van Buren and Alma came away with River Valley Conference wins on Thursday night night to sustain their hold in the standings.
Van Buren 49, Shiloh Christian 30 (Boys)
The Pointers (14-2, 6-1) started strong and finished strong to get the road win.
Van Buren led 13-7 in the first quarter and outscored the Saints 17-2 in the fourth quarter.
Beau Beckner led with 27 points and Jonny Harms tossed in eight. Five other players contributed to the scoring.
Van Buren hosts Darby (3-3) on Monday before traveling to Kimmons (6-0) to compete for a share of the River Valley Conference title. The Pointers edged Darby 48-43 in the first meeting this season back on Jan .13. Kimmons won the first meeting 55-34 against Van Buren.
Van Buren 39, Shiloh Christian 14 (Girls)
The Lady Pointers (13-3, 6-1) limited the Saints (0-5) to 10 first-half points for their third consecutive conference win.
Jamilyn Kinney led with 21 points to pace Van Buren. Londan Barlow and Taylar Sutton both had four points.
Van Buren remains a half-game ahead of Kimmons (5-1) and Alma (5-1). The Lady Pointers defeated the Lady Red Raiders 36-22 on Dec. 9.
Alma 57, Greenwood 39 (Boys)
The Airedales struggled early as poor shooting and foul trouble plagued the team from the start. Alma bounced back in the second half to pull away from Greenwood and pick up the win.
Alma held a slim 24-23 advantage at the half, but commanded a 43-29 lead to start the fourth quarter.
“We went to a zone in the first half, and (Greenwood) hurt us against it,” said coach Eddie Corder. “We made some big shots in the third and had really balanced scoring.”
The Airedales finished with three players reaching double digits as Isaac Posey leading with 13 points. Noah Dotson scored 12 points (all in the second half) and had three assists. Dylan Mason had nine points in the first half and finished with 11 with five rebounds.
“Isaac played one of his most solid game this season, and Dylan had his best game of the year,” added Corder. Other contributors included David Mullins and Nathan Corder, who finished with seven and six points respectively.
Alma improved to 4-2 in league play and will host both Chaffin (3-3) and Ramsey (2-5) next week.
Alma 40, Greenwood 29 (Girls)
Airedalettes improved to 5-1 overall with the win on Thursday. Alma remains tied with Kimmons for second place in the River Valley Conference, and a half game behind VBFA.
ALMA — The Airedales won their ninth consecutive game this season as they beat Greenwood 38-20. Brayden Johnson and Garrison Jensen had 13 and 11 points respectively.
BUTTERFIELD TRAIL — Gavin Ball scored 18 points (10 in the third quarter) to help BTMS defeat Shiloh Christian 39-28 on Thursday. BTMS led 16-13 at the half, but outscored Shiloh 17-6 in the third quarter. Zane West had eight points and Braxton Shook added six. Shook had 12 points and Cordell Armstrong added 11 as BTMS beat Hackett 38-12 on Jan. 18.
NORTHRIDGE — Ryan Hewett and Evan Jones had 10 points each and NMS (9-1) beat Sallisaw 43-20 on Thursday night.
BUTTERFIELD TRAIL — Hattie Howard hit a trio of treys and finished with 11 points and the Lady Pointers beat Shiloh Christian 30-18. BTMS led 23-6 at halftime. Caitlin Perry had eight points as BTMS defeated Hackett 14-9 on Jan. 18.
NORTHRIDGE — Naisha Smith scored 20 points and Ashlynn Hill pulled down 11 rebounds as the Lady Pointers (4-3) defeated Sallisaw 25-11 on Thursday night.
NORTHRIDGE — Braden Fimple scored 10 points for NMS (7-3) in the 33-15 win over Sallisaw on Thursday.
NORTHRIDGE — Cassidy Cooper, Riley Ryan, Mikelle Porter, Jentry Myers and Kayleigh Evans each scored more than five points as the Lady Pointers (8-0) topped Sallisaw 35-5.