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Junior High Basketball: VBFA sweeps; Kimmons tops Alma

The Van Buren Freshman Academy scored a pair of conference wins Monday night, while Alma suffered a pair of setbacks.

The Lady Pointers became the sole leaders in the River Valley Conference as they defeated the Lady Rams 31-19. The Lady Pointers (3-0) are a game ahead of Chaffin (2-1), Kimmons (2-1) and Alma (2-1). VBFA faces Alma Thursday at the Alene Crabtree Arena for key league contest for both teams.

Taylar Sutton led the squad with 18 points. The Lady Pointers outscored Ramsey 13-0 in the second quarter to build a 17-2 halftime lead. VBFA continued to lead 27-7 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Jamilyn Kinney and Londan Barlow had four points each and Alexis Engel tossed in three for the Lady Pointers.

Van Buren 48, Ramsey 38 (Boys’)

Jonny Harms and Logan Thomas reached double digits as the Pointers were able to hold off the Rams long enough to pull away in the fourth quarter.

The Pointers (2-1) are currently locked in a three-way tie for second with Alma and Chaffin. Kimmons (3-0) remains the only unbeaten team in the conference.

VBFA jumped to a 12-9 lead in the first quarter, but Ramsey continued to chip away at the lead to trail by two, 29-27, at the start of the fourth.

James Montgomery added eight for VBFA and Kyle Porter chipped in four.

Kimmons 45, Alma 29 (Boys’)

“We came out early and led, 15-11, but we could not finish in the second quarter,” said Alma coach Eddie Corder. “We got beat by a very good team (Monday) night, but I was proud of the way our kids competed.”

Noah Dotson led Alma with 14 points while Dylan Mason had a team-high six rebounds.

Kimmons 64, Alma 58 (Girls’)

Coach Paige Jones said turnovers prevented her squad from passing Kimmons in the loss Monday night as three players reached double digits for Alma.

Bailey Jones and Abbye Ostrander both had 17 points while Tatum Whillhite chipped in 11.

The Lady Raiders (2-1) led 8-0 early, and Alma cut it to 16-13 by the end of the first quarter.

“We stayed right there about four or five points behind most of the game,” said Jones. “We just never could get over the hump.”

Alma (2-1) trailed by 11 in the third, but the squad managed to cut it back to four in the fourth.

Northridge

Both Northridge teams beat Ramsey in the eighth grade game on Monday.

Naisha Smith had 17 points as the NMS Lady Pointers won 21-10.

Ryan Hewett scored 22 points and Isaac Lipe tossed in eight and the NMS Pointers won 42-21.

On Saturday, the NMS Pointers won both seventh grade games and the eighth grade game against Greenwood. The NMS Lady Pointers defeated the Lady Bulldogs in both seventh grade games, but dropped the eighth grade contest.

Tevion Releford and Laiken Stikeleather had 11 and 10 points respectively as the NMS Pointers won the first seventh grade game, 33-31. The NMS Pointers won the second game 26-19 as Brayden Fimple led with 10 and Christian Morrow chipped in six. Hewett had 18 in the 45-31 victory in the eighth grade contest. Caleb Salisbury added eight.

The NMS Lady Pointers won the first Greenwood contest 17-15 with Leah Wilkinson leading with 12. Cassidy Cooper led the NMS Lady Pointers with 14 points in the second game as the team won 45-23.

Jennifer Burcham had eight points in the 28-23 loss of the eighth grade contest.

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