photo by TAMMY HOBSON
Mountainburg’s Lonnie Campbell tries for a layup in the Dragons’ 46-39 loss to Hackett.
HACKETT — Mountainburg has lost only one conference game in the past four years, but Hackett pushed the Lady Dragons until the final buzzer Friday.
Mountainburg finally held on for a 48-47 win in 2A-4 West play.
“Hackett is a good team and they played a good game,” Mountainburg coach Dan Garringer said. “You have to find a way to win some games during the year when things aren’t really going your way and I think it was a tribute to the girls they did that.”
Mountainburg led 36-29 after three quarters as Kayln Moore made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Hackett’s Drew Davis hit three 3-pointers in the final quarter and two in the final minute to pull the Lady Hornets closer, but Mountainburg had just enough of a lead to hold them off. Davis finished with a game-high 22 points.
“We hit some big free throws and it turned out to be just enough,” Garringer said. “I told our girls to guard the 3-point line and let them have layups at the end, but (Davis) kept hitting them. That is the most points anyone has scored on us all year.”
Kayln Moore scored 18 and Auburn Peters had 12 for Mountainburg (18-2, 8-0). Colette Rose scored nine. Mountainburg’s leading scorer, Tara Webb, had only eight points with foul trouble and fouled out in the fourth quarter.
“We had our No. 1 player sitting on the bench for a lot of that game and we had to have some people step it up,” Garringer said.
Hackett (8-9, 5-3) got 14 points from Brittany Locklear.
“We are not afraid of them and we came into this game thinking we were going to win,” Hackett coach Claude Foster said. “We gave it our best shot. If we take care of business we should get another shot at them in the district tournament.”
Hackett 46, Mountainburg 39 (Men’s)
Hackett (13-5, 6-2) manged to hold Mountainburg (5-13, 3-5) to just four points in the fourth quarter to pull away in a close game.
Gage Cantrell had 14 points and Colton Byers 11 for the Hornets.
Lonnie Campbell of Mountainburg led all scorers with 18 points.