Prep Basketball: Pointers finish fifth; Pirates reach title game

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<p>photo by TWILA KING</p><p>Mulberry’s Sam Cagle (1) tries to get some distance between her and Alma’s Robin Stewart at the Charles B. Dyer Crawford County Classic hosted by Alma on Dec. 13. The Lady YellowJackets played for third place at the Mansfield tournament and the Airedalettes reached the finals of the Bankcorp South Classic.</p>
<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>Mulberry’s Dillon Jones (25) tries to block Mountainburg’s Lonnie Campbell during the Dec. 14 game at the Charles B. Dyer Crawford County Classic hosted by Alma. Mulberry and Mountainburg wrapped up their holiday tournaments on Monday. The Dragons battled for fifth place at the Hector tournament while the YellowJackets played for seventh at the Mansfield tournament.</p>
<p>photo by STEPHANIE PARSON</p><p>Cedarville’s Garrett Parson goes up for his 1,000th career point against Ozark at the school’s Bank of the Ozarks Holiday Classic. Cedarville faced Lincoln in the title game Monday night.</p>

Van Buren wrapped up its holiday tournament schedule on Saturday, but the Cedarville Pirates advanced to face Lincoln in the finals of the Ozark Holiday Classic on Monday.

VAN BUREN

The Van Buren defeated Springfield Parkview (Mo.) 44-37, to clinch fifth at the Neosho Holiday Tournament.

The Pointers finished the tournament 2-1 with a two-game winning string and will conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule on Jan. 7 when they host Russellville.

Conference play begins on Jan. 10 as Van Buren hosts Bentonville, which features sophomore guard Malik Monk, who is the No. 6 rated player in the 2016 class by Rivals.com. Monk has already earned scholarship offers to Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Indiana, Kansas and Memphis.

Springfield Parkview jumped on the Pointers early to lead 8-4, but Van Buren outscored the Missouri school 21-14 of the next two quarters to go up 25-22 to start the fourth.

Ryan Pearson and Mitchell Smith had 16 and 15 points respectively to lead all scorers. Bradley Eversole added six and Jason Harms tossed in five for Van Buren.

The Lady Pointers fell in the third-place game to East Newton, 49-29 at the holiday tournament.

Danae Goodwin led with nine points, Kaylee Sheppard added five and both Halie Jennen and Maria Santilana, who was named to the women’s all-tournament team, had four points each.

CEDARVILLE

After scoring a big win on Friday, the Lady Pirates fell to Morrilton 66-53 to advance to the third-place game at the Ozark Holiday Classic on Monday.

Junior Shanda Brown led with 15 points while Malia Hernandez added 10.

The Lady Devil Dogs led 15-10 after the first quarter and 36-28 at halftime.

Garrett Parson hit a major milestone for his basketball prep career as scored his 1,000th point on a layup and went on to finish with 23 as the Pirates rallied to beat Ozark 48-41.

The Pirates trailed the host team, 19-11, after the first quarter, but stormed back and commanded a 29-27 advantage going into halftime. Cedarville continued to expand it’s lead, 40-36, after three quarters of play.

Cedarville hosts Waldron on Jan. 7.

MULBERRY

The Lady YellowJackets were unable to overcome a slow start and dropped to Monday’s third-place game at Bill Frye Invitational in Mansfield.

Paris defeated Mulberry 40-27 after an early 7-0 run gave the Lady Eagles a 12-3 lead on Saturday.

The Lady YellowJackets managed to cut into the lead, 12-7, right before the second quarter. However, Paris utilized another scoring run to go up 18-7 with 5:21 remaining in the first half. Mulberry strung together it’s biggest scoring spree of the afternoon and pulled within two, 18-16 after a Brittany Edwards drained a trey with 2:56 left in the second quarter. The Lady YellowJackets were unable to score another basket the duration of the first half and Paris pulled further ahead 21-16 at halftime.

Logan Archer led all scorers with 12 poitns and Sam Cagle added six.

Paris also defeated Mulberry in the men’s game, 64-37.

The Eagles jumped up 23-17 in the first quarter, but limited the YellowJackets to just 20 points the rest of the game.

Keenan Reeves led with 11 points and Wyatt Reeves tossed in 10 for Mulberry. Audie Stringer added six while Dillon Jones tossed in five.

Mulberry hosts Kingston on Jan. 7

MOUNTAINBURG

Lonnie Campbell scored a season high 40 points and had a double-double with 14 rebounds and seven assists as the Dragons defeated Class 3A Atkins 69-63 on Saturday at the Hector tournament.

The Dragons, who have won two of their last three games, faced Bigelow in the fifth-place game on Monday.

Zach Wolfgram added 10 and Trey Allen chipped in seven for Mountainburg’s win.

The Dragons dropped an 84-76 decision to host Hector to open the tournament.

Three players finished in double digits as Campbell led with 22 points and Allen toss in 21. Wolfgram had 17.

Mountainburg hosts conference foe Eureka Springs on Jan. 7.

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