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JH Basketball: Van Buren bounces back

<p>photo by TWILA KING</p><p>Alma’s Abbye Ostrander collides with a Darby player during Monday’s River Valley Conference contest in Fort Smith.</p>

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Alma’s Abbye Ostrander collides with a Darby player during Monday’s River Valley Conference contest in Fort Smith.

<p>photo by TWILA KING</p><p>Alma’s Dylan Mason tries to protect the ball as he leaps past a Darby defender during Monday’s River Valley Conference contest.</p>

photo by TWILA KING

Alma’s Dylan Mason tries to protect the ball as he leaps past a Darby defender during Monday’s River Valley Conference contest.

<p>photo by TWILA KING</p><p>Alma’s David Mullins (34) tries to block a Darby player during Monday’s contest in Fort Smith.</p>

photo by TWILA KING

Alma’s David Mullins (34) tries to block a Darby player during Monday’s contest in Fort Smith.

Both Van Buren squads bounced back from last week’s league losses to grab a pair of wins on Monday and Thursday.

The games were played despite school closing for both Van Buren and Chaffin due to winter weather which shutdown just about every school district in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley.

Van Buren 67, Ramsey 52 (Boys)

Logan Thomas scored 18 points while Johnny Harms added 15 and James Montgomery tossed in 19 in Thursday’s win.

The Pointers (17-3, 9-2 RVC) led 33-20 at halftime and surged further ahead, 56-34 to start the fourth quarter. Kyle Porter had eight points while both Connor Catron and Beau Beckner chipped in six points each.

Van Buren hosts Alma next week to determine who will have the strongest chance to earn the No. 2 seed for the 7A West tournament.

The Pointers has already faced Alma twice this season and has won both contests.

Van Buren 39, Ramsey 10 (Girls)

The Lady Pointers (16-4, 9-2) limited the Lady Rams to just five points in each half as the Van Buren squad won its second straight game.

Jamilyn Kinney led with 18 points and Londan Barlow added 12.

The Lady Pointers host the Airedalettes on Feb. 13. Alma won the first conference meeting, 36-24, but Van Buren beat Alma 42-39 in the finale of the junior high tournament on Jan. 4.

Van Buren 43, Chaffin 30 (Girls)

Van Buren overcame a slow start to gain the River Valley Conference win.

The Lady Pointers (15-4 overall, 8-2 RVC) trailed the Lady Cougars 12-9 after the first quarter, but tied up the game 19-19 to start the second half. Van Buren outscored Chaffin 14-8 in the third quarter.

Kinney led the Lady Pointers with 25 points and both Barlow and Taylar Sutton chipped in six points each.

Van Buren 43, Chaffin 23 (Boys)

Van Buren overpowered Chaffin in the second and fourth quarters to pull away in Monday’s victory.

Chaffin kept it close in the first quarter as the Cougars trailed 6-5, but the Pointers (16-3, 8-2) limited their foe to just two points in the second quarter and led 20-7 at the break.

The Cougars trailed 29-18 at halftime, but Van Buren scored another 14 points in the fourth.

Beau Beckner led with 16 points and Jonny Harms tossed in 15. James Montgomery had seven.

Darby 35, Alma 26 (Boys)

Alma struggled offensively and fell to the Rangers on Monday.

Both teams were tied up 4-4 in the first quarter, but Darby outscored Alma 22-14 to lead 26-18 going into the final quarter of play.

“We shot the ball poorly, but (Darby) had a lot to do with that,” said coach Eddie Corder. “We played in a hurry all night and could not finish. We did play good defense in the first half to stay in the game, but never got going offensively.”

Nathan Corder and Noah Dotson both paced Alma. Nathan Corder had nine points and five assists, while Dotson also added nine points, but with five rebounds.

The loss dropped Alma (6-3) to third in the River Valley Conference behind Van Buren (8-2) and Kimmons (9-0). Darby (5-4) is fourth in the league, and only the top four teams advance to the 7A West tournament.

Middle School (Seventh Grade)

Girls

NORTHRIDGE — The Lady Pointers finished the season 12-0 and won two games at Kimmons on Wednesday.

NMS won the first game 21-3 as Leah Wilkinson scored eight points and Olivia Schnakenburg added six.

The NMS Lady Pointers won the second game 42-17. Kayleigh Evans, Jentry Myers and Cassidy Cooper led the game with 11 points each. Rylee Ryan tossed in five and Mikelle Porter had four.

On Saturday (Feb. 1) the seventh graders beat Russellville West Middle School, 43-31. Myers led all scorers with 17 points. Cooper and Evans tossed in 10 points each.

Boys

NORTHRIDGE — The Pointers split with Kimmons Wednesday night. NMS won the first game 26-15. Jorge Rios let with nine points followed by eight points from Tevion Releford.

Braden Fimple had 15 points in the 38-26 loss to Kimmons in the second game. Logan Humphries added seven for Northridge.

NMS finished the season with a 15-6 overall record.

Fimple had 14 points and Kyle Barlow added 13 as Russellville West edged NMS on Saturday (Feb. 1), 34-32.

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