The Van Buren Freshman Academy and Alma split a key early River Valley Conference game Thursday night at Crabtree Arena.
The Pointers won the boys’ contest while the Airedalettes picked up the win in the girls’ game.
Jonny Harms scored 22 points in the first half and finished with 28 to help the Pointers remain one game behind Kimmons in conference play.
VBFA improved to 3-1 in the RVC while Alma suffered its second league loss this week and dropped to 2-2 despite having three players reach double digits.
Noah Dotson paced Alma with 14 points while Nathan Corder added 13 points and six rebounds. Isaac Posey tossed in 12 points.
The Pointers jumped to a 12-5 lead and extended that to 29-17 at halftime. The Airedales battled back to narrow the lead by five, 38-33, before heading into the fourth quarter.
Pointers Devin Moore had nine points and Beau Beckner contributed six.
Alma faces Bentonville Black on Jan. 2 at the Van Buren Tournament with the tipoff slated for 4:15 p.m. The games will be held at the Van Buren Freshman Academy.
Van Buren takes on Rogers Heritage at 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 2.
Airedalettes 36, Lady Pointers 24
Alma’s win triggered a three-way tie for first to close out 2013 in the River Valley Conference as the Airedalettes handed VBFA its first conference loss.
Alma, VBFA and Kimmons are 3-1 in league play. Alma’s only loss is to Kimmons earlier this week.
The Airedalettes led 5-3 after first quarter and didn’t relinquish their advantage for the duration of the game. Alma was up 16-9 at halftime and 22-17 by the end of the third quarter.
Jamilyn Kinney paced the Lady Pointers with 17 points. Taylar Sutton added three while Alexis Engle and Addie Outlaw had two each.
Baily Jones led Alma with 10 points. Tatum Willhite added eight points and Abby Ostrander tossed in seven.
The Airedalettes travels to Van Buren to participate in the junior high tournament starting on Jan. 2. Alma will tipoff against Bentonville Black at 3 p.m. and the Lady Pointers play at 5:30 p.m.
Alma 40, BTMS 18 (Boys’)
The Airedales won their fifth straight game this season with the victory on Thursday.
Kade Woods had 15 points and Brayden Johnson added 10. Garrison Jensen tossed in six points.
Alma led 12-1 after the first quarter and 33-13 in the third quarter.
“Christian Stahler and Ged Dyer have also been solid contributers through the first five games,” said Alma coach Eddie Corder. “Our guards did a very good job of attacking and finding the open man.”
Cordale Armstrong led BTMS with four points while Gavin Ball, Kelton Almond and Jacob Berna each sank a three pointer as their only score.
BTMS 24, Alma 23 (Girls’)
The Lady Pointers built a solid first-half lead and held off an Alma rally to secure the win.
BTMS led 14-7 at the break, but Alma continued to chip away at that lead and pulled within two, 18-16, to start the fourth quarter.
Caroline Davis had eight points to lead the game and both Lindsay Gooch and Irasema Sandoval had six point each.
Alma had four different players (Harmoni Jacks, Sierra Bailey, Bailey Hoffsommer, and Brooklyn Sanderson) score four points apiece.
Northridge swept Butterfield Trail Middle School in four games on Wednesday.
The eighth grade boys won 50-19. Northridge was led by Ryan Hewett with 15 points and Isaac Lipe with nine.
Ball had seven for BTMS.
NMS seventh grade boys won 40-13. Laiken Stikeleather scored all of his 10 points in the fourth quarter and Brayden Fimple also had 10 points.
Braxton Shook tossed in six for BTMS and Judah Honey added three.
Northridge held off a fourth-quarter rally by Butterfield Trail to win the eighth grade girls’ game 27-22. NMS led 24-13 by the end of the third quarter.
“It was a good, hard-fought game,” said Northridge girls coach Jerry Don Brasuell. “Both sides gave it their all.”
Northridge’s Naesha Smith had 17 points and teammate Paige Smith pulled down 10 rebounds.
Sandoval paced Butterfield Trail with seven points while Davis and Hattie Howard added five points each.
NMS’s Rylee Ryan and Jentry Myers each contributed eight points in the 33-10 win during the seventh grade contest.
Butterfield Trail had four players (Sierra Pittman, Jalisa Perez, Alexis Trentham and Madison had two points each.