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JH Round-Up: Van Buren rally past Alma

<p>photo by TWILA KING</p><p>Pleasant View’s Sara Lewis (3) looks to get around a Scranton defender during the semifinals in the junior high district tournament.</p>

photo by TWILA KING

Pleasant View’s Sara Lewis (3) looks to get around a Scranton defender during the semifinals in the junior high district tournament.

Van Buren overcame a slow start and rallied in the fourth to pick up its third win over Alma this season.

Jamilyn Kinney scored 30 points as the Lady Pointers broke a third-quarter tie and won Thursday’s River Valley Conference game at the VB Freshman Academy.

Van Buren travels to Greenwood on Monday and will host Shiloh Christian on Thursday to conclude the regular season.

Alma heads to Shiloh Christian on Tuesday and will host Greenwood to finish the season.

Pleasant View battled in the semifinals of the district tournament on Thursday.

Van Buren 34, Alma 29 (Boys)

The Pointers trailed 24-17 after three quarters of play, but Van Buren rallied in the fourth to earn the win.

Van Buren improved to 18-3 overall and 10-2 in the RVC, with both of its losses to Kimmons. Alma dropped to 7-5 in league play.

Both teams earned a spot in the regional tournament that begins on Feb. 25 at Siloam Springs. Kimmons (11-0) and Darby (8-4) have the other two spots.

Beau Beckner led Van Buren with 13 points. Logan Thomas and Devin Moore added nine and eight points respectively.

Alma’s Noah Dotson paced the game with 18 points.

Alma jumped to a 11-6 lead, but Van Buren managed to cut it slightly in to trail 15-12 at halftime.

Van Buren 62, Alma 52 (Girls)

Kinney scored 30 points and Van Buren had 25 in the fourth quarter.

Van Buren advanced to 17-4 overall and 10-2 in the RVC. The losses were either to Alma (10-2) and Kimmons (9-2).

Both teams were tied up 15-15 after the first quarter and Van Buren held a slight edge, 26-23, by halftime.

Alma tied up the game 37-37 to start the fourth quarter.

Taylar Sutton added 14 points for Van Buren. Londan Barlow and Alexis Engel had nine and seven points respectively.

Baliey Jones led Alma with 14 and Madi Tobler added 10. Both Abbye Ostrander and Jordyn Collyar had seven points each. Tatum Willhite tossed in six and Kailey Fagan had five.

Pleasant View 36, Kingston 26 (Boys)

The Hornets will be in the finals today at 7:15 p.m. in Scranton.

Trevor Martin led with 18 points and Cody Mason added nine.

Pleasant View led 16-13 at halftime and 26-22 going into the fourth quarter.

Kingston 44, Pleasant View 27 (Girls)

Destiny Freeman led with 16 points in Amanda Jones had 11 in Thursday’s loss.

Kingston led 17-8 after the first quarter and was ahead 32-21 by the end of the third.

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