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Prep Basketball: Lady Dragons, Pirates, Mulberry take wins

<p>photo by AARON SHAFFER</p><p>Cedarville sophomore Bailie Murphy (21) goes up for the shot only to be blocked by a Greenland player. Cedarville outscored Greenland 26-14 in the fourth quarter in the 58-54 loss on Tuesday night.</p>

photo by AARON SHAFFER

Cedarville sophomore Bailie Murphy (21) goes up for the shot only to be blocked by a Greenland player. Cedarville outscored Greenland 26-14 in the fourth quarter in the 58-54 loss on Tuesday night.

<p>photo by TWILA KING</p><p>Mulberry sophomore Eli Whitlock (24) maintains control of the ball during Tuesday’s 77-32 win over Oark.</p>

photo by TWILA KING

Mulberry sophomore Eli Whitlock (24) maintains control of the ball during Tuesday’s 77-32 win over Oark.

<p>photo by TWILA KING</p><p>Mulberry senior Audie Stringer (44) goes in for the layup in Tuesday’s 77-32 win at home over Oark. Stringer finished with 17 points.</p>

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Mulberry senior Audie Stringer (44) goes in for the layup in Tuesday’s 77-32 win at home over Oark. Stringer finished with 17 points.

<p>photo TWILA KING</p><p>Mulberry junior Taylor Neagle (5) brings up the possession for the Lady YellowJackets at home Tuesday. Neagle had seven points in the 76-31 win over Oark.</p>

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Mulberry junior Taylor Neagle (5) brings up the possession for the Lady YellowJackets at home Tuesday. Neagle had seven points in the 76-31 win over Oark.

<p>photo by STEPHANIE PARSON</p><p>Cedarville sophomore Maddy Armer tries to get around a Greenland defender in Tuesday’s road contest.</p>

photo by STEPHANIE PARSON

Cedarville sophomore Maddy Armer tries to get around a Greenland defender in Tuesday’s road contest.

<p>photo by STEPHANIE PARSON</p><p>Cedarville junoir Abraham Hernandez (11) grabs the rebound as Cedarville defeated Greenland 65-39 on Tuesday.</p>

photo by STEPHANIE PARSON

Cedarville junoir Abraham Hernandez (11) grabs the rebound as Cedarville defeated Greenland 65-39 on Tuesday.

<p>photo STEPHANIE PARSON</p><p>Cedarville senior Tyler Myers (31) looks to move past a Greenland defender as the Crawford County squad defeated Greenland 65-39.</p>

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Cedarville senior Tyler Myers (31) looks to move past a Greenland defender as the Crawford County squad defeated Greenland 65-39.

<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>Mountainburg junior Willis Vaught (5) sets up the screen for senior Lonnie Campbell (31) in the 58-41 loss to Decatur.</p>

photo by TAMMY HOBSON

Mountainburg junior Willis Vaught (5) sets up the screen for senior Lonnie Campbell (31) in the 58-41 loss to Decatur.

<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>Mountainburg junior Kaylyn Moore tries to retain the Lady Dragons’ possession during Mountainburg’s 52-15 win over Decatur Tuesday night. Moore shot 86 percent from the floor and finished with 15 points.</p>

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Mountainburg junior Kaylyn Moore tries to retain the Lady Dragons’ possession during Mountainburg’s 52-15 win over Decatur Tuesday night. Moore shot 86 percent from the floor and finished with 15 points.

Mountainburg came up with back-to-back wins this week while Mulberry completed a sweep and the Pirates grabbed a conference win.

Mountainburg 61, Eureka Springs 13 (Women’s)

The Lady Dragons forced 25 turnovers to run away with another 2A-4 Conference win in a make-up game on Wednesday night.

Auburn Peters almost had double-double with 16 points and a game-high seven steals.

Kaylyn Moore chipped in 14 points and Tara Webb added 10.

The Lady Dragons improved to 15-2 overall and 5-0 in conference play.

Mountainburg 52, Decatur 15 (Women’s)

The Lady Dragons limited Decatur to nine first-half points to win the 2A-4 Conference game on Tuesday night.

Kaylyn Moore hit 86 percent from the field, including 3 of 4 three pointers, and finished with 15 points. Senior Tara Webb led the game with 16 points and four rebounds.

Auburn Peters, who had seven points, paced Mountainburg with four steals and four assists.

Cedarville 65, Greenland 39 (Men’s)

Cedarville grabbed their 22nd consecutive league win by jumping ahead of Greenland 13-5 in the first quarter and didn’t look back.

Garrett Parson and Corey Fincher led Cedarville with 14 and 12 points respectively.

Cedarville (11-5 overall, 2-0 3A-1 West) led 31-15 at halftime and was up 49-25 to start the fourth quarter.

Mulberry 77, Oark 32 (Men’s)

Three YellowJacket players reached double digits as Mulberry grabbed a win Tuesday night at home.

Dillon Jones led with 19 points, with Audie Stringer adding 17 and Keenan Reeves tossing in 10. Wyatt Reeves and Luke Anderson had nine and eight points respectively.

Mulberry built a commanding 32-4 lead in the first quarter and was up 47-20 by halftime.

Mulberry 76, Oark 31 (Women’s)

The Lady YellowJackets had nine players score and four to reach double digits in Tuesday’s win.

Logan Archer paced Mulberry with 14 points, and both Brittany Edwards and Rebecca Treat had 12 each. Sarah Fisher added 11.

Lexi Voorhees scored eight for Mulberry while Taylor Nagle and Emilee Swearingin had seven points apiece.

The Lady YellowJackets led 28-7 after the first quarter and built a 31-point lead (46-15) by halftime.

Both Mulberry squads will have a make-up game on Saturday against Scranton.

Mountainburg suffer league setbacks

The Dragons were handed a pair of losses in back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mountainburg dropped a 58-41 decision to Decatur on Tuesday and was edged 62-56 by Eureka Springs in a make-up game on Wednesday.

Lonnie Campbell led the Dragons with 17 points against Decatur and scored 24 in the Eureka Springs contest.

Trey Allen added 13 on Tuesday and chipped in 15 against Eureka Springs.

Record Deceiving For Cedarville

The record is not impressive for the Cedarville (4-14, 0-2), but there are signs of hope for the Lady Pirates. Cedarville lost 58-50 to Elkins and 58-54 at defending 3A state champion Greenland on Tuesday.

“We have played the two best teams in our conference to start and we had a nonconference schedule that included Rogers, Farmington, Alma and Morrilton,” coach Jody Fincher said. “We wanted to do that and we took our lumps, but we don’t have a senior on the team and are starting to gel.”

Malia Hernandez scored 28 points in the loss to Elkins and Bailee Murphy had 20 against Greenland.

“We have been scoring by committee,” Fincher said. “It has been somebody different every night leading us in scoring.”

— KEVIN TAYLOR

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