Junior High Basketball: VBFA, Alma take two from foes

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<p>photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL</p><p>Alma’s Madi Tobler goes in for the layup during Thursday’s River Valley Conference game at Crabtree Arena against Darby. The Airedalettes are 2-0 in league play and will face Kimmons on Monday.</p>

Both the Van Buren Freshman Academy and Alma grabbed River Valley Conference wins Thursday night.

VBFA defeated Chaffin while Alma toppled Darby.

VBFA 44, Chaffin 25 (Boys)

Beau Beckner led eight players with 10 points as the Pointers constructed a 17-10 lead at halftime to beat the Cougars Thursday night in Fort Smith.

Jonny Harms added eight and both Logan Thomas and Devin Moore chipped in seven points each.

Brett Plunkett added six. Kyle Porter, James Montgomery and Max Criswell had two points each.

The Pointers (5-2, 1-1 RVC) faces Ramsey on Monday for another league contest.

VBFA 37, Chaffin 25 (Girls)

Alexis Engel and Taylar Sutton stepped up to help the Lady Pointers win their second straight conference game on Thursday.

Engel paced VBFA with 13 points and Sutton tossed in 12.

Chaffin had a slow start as the Lady Pointers (5-2, 2-0) was able to build a 17-4 lead at halftime. The Lady Cougars (1-1) mounted a rally in the third to cut the lead by eight, 23-15.

Jamilyn Kinney had seven points and Addie Outlaw tossed in five.

Both Van Buren and Alma are tied for first in the girls’ standings.

Alma 46, Darby 38 (Boys)

The Airedales had a slow start, but a strong second quarter spelled the difference as the Airedales were able to hold onto their first-place tie with Kimmons.

“We played a much better defense in the fourth,” said Alma coach Eddie Corder. “This was a big win for us.”

Alma travels to Kimmons on Monday for an early key showdown with the league’s perennial powerhouse.

Alma was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and was a perfect 14 of 14 for the game. Coach Corder said the free throws made the difference in the game.

Alma had three players reach double digits as Noah Dotson led with 12 points. David Mullins and Dylan Mason had 10 points each. Nathan Corder, Isaac Posey and Eli House chipped in four points apiece.

Darby built a 10-6 lead in the first quarter, but Alma was up 20-15 by halftime. The Ragners (0-1) managed to close the gap to one, 33-32, to start the final quarter.

Alma 35, Darby 27 (Girls)

Bailey Jones scored 12 of her game-high 15 points in the first half to help Alma build a 21-10 lead.

Abbye Ostrander scored all nine of her points in the second half to help the Airedalettes (2-0) keep pace with the Lady Rangers.

Kailey Fagan added seven points for Alma.

Eighth Grade

Butterfield Trail Middle School defeated Kimmons on Monday, 34-32.

Gavin Ball led with 10 points for BTMS. Walter Green added seven and Cordele Armstrong tossed in seven and six points respectively.

Chaffin won 35-9 on Thursday. West led with four points.

The BTMS Lady Pointers suffered two setbacks this week.

“These girls work hard and play hard,” said BTMS coach Becky Goerig. “We played some great defense this week, we just need to find a way to score points.”

The Lady Pointers dropped a 28-23 decision to Kimmons on Monday with Caitlyn Perry leading with eight points and Caroline Davis chipped in six.

Chaffin was limited to 15 points in Thursday’s game, but the Lady Cougars won 15-6.

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