Prep Basketball: Alma sweeps Greenbrier; Van Buren falls to Springdale

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<p>photo by VONDA NORWOOD</p><p>Van Buren’s Jason Harms (1) tries to get around a Springdale defender during Friday’s 7A/6A West contest. The Pointers face Little Rock Central on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the first round of the Class 7A state tournament held in Conway.</p>

Alma and Van Buren each had a sweep to conclude the regular basketball season.

Alma defeated both Greenbrier teams, while Springdale took a pair from Van Buren.

The Pointers (20-5, 10-4 7A West) grabbed the No. 3 seed from the conference and will face Little Rock Central on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The tournament is hosted at Conway High School. A win puts Van Buren in the quarterfinals against Northside on Saturday.

The weather pushed back the Class 5A tournament at Alma by one day.

Both teams will play on Thursday with the Airedalettes facing Paragould at 4 p.m. with the Airedales following up at 5:30 p.m. with a contest against Forrest City.

If both teams advance, they’ll begin play on Saturday.

Springdale 56, Van Buren 48 (Men’s)

Both teams traded point for point in the first half and settled for a 21-21 tie at the break. The Bulldogs (20-5, 12-5 7A West) outscored Van Buren 35-27 in the second half.

Van Buren sophomore Mitchell Smith led with 27 points and 12 rebounds.

Springdale’s Tereke Eckwood scored 20 of his team-high 23 points in the second half as the Bulldogs were able to convert some turnovers to help fuel a 13-2 scoring spree in the third quarter and gave Springdale the lead for good.

Ryan Pearson added 14 points for the Pointers.

“We made a few mistakes,” said Van Buren coach Randy Loyd. “Give Springdale credit, (the Bulldogs are) a really good team. They’re one of the teams that has a chance to win it all.”

Springdale 51, Van Buren 30 (Women’s)

The Lady Bulldogs limited Van Buren to just 16 points through the first three quarters as the Lady Pointers lost their final conference game of the 2014 season.

Springdale led 13-8 in the first quarter, but had a commanding 44-16 lead by the start of the fourth. The Lady Bulldogs won their seventh game in nine starts.

“Springdale played well,” Van Buren coach Merrill Makin said. “They really came out and got after us. You’ve got to give them credit.”

Senior Maria Santillana finished with nine points. Freshman Lani Snowden added seven while both sophomore Danae Goodwin and junior Kaylee Sheppard added six points each.

Alma 73, Greenbrier 63 (Men’s)

The Airedales picked up a 5A West Conference road win by staying just ahead of Greenbrier Friday night.

Alma (17-8, 9-5) built a 33-27 lead in the first half and simply outscored the Panthers (13-14, 5-9) the duration of the game.

Parker and Folkerts led the Airedales with 16 points each. Lee added 15 while Wight tossed in 12.

Alma 65, Greenbrier 58 (Girls)

Stewart led the game with 19 points while Ostrander tossed in 17 to help guide the Lady Airedales to a conference win Friday night.

Alma (15-10, 8-6) scored 24 points in the first quarter to lead 24-14. The Airedalettes maintained that lead at halftime (32-22). Alma padded its lead, 49-35, before the Lady Panthers rallied back in the fourth quarter.

Rainwater added 10 to help with Alma’s scoring.

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