Prep Basketball: Teams take key regional wins

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<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>The Mountainburg Lady Dragons won the 2A Region 1 championship Saturday night and will face Poyen in the 2A State Tournament on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Team members include: Front (from left) — Kristen Webb, Addison Peters, Katelyn Metcalf, Colette Ross, Brooke Pense and Lauren Becker. Back — Madison Foster, Bri Hobson, Tianna Barton, Auburn Peters, Tara Webb, Kaylyn Moore, Lillian Beasley, Britton Peters, Carly Mann, Brooke Patrick (manager) and Brooklyn Peters (junior manager).</p>
<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>Mountainburg’s Tara Webb (10) is fouled during the regional finals as the Lady Dragons defeated Johnson County Westside on Saturday. The Lady Dragons will take on Poyen on Wednesday in the Class 2A State Tournament held at Hampton.</p>
<p>photo by TWILA KING</p><p>The Mulberry Lady YellowJackets finished runner-up in conference, district and at the regional tournament. Mulberry faces Mount Vernon-Enola on Friday at 1 p.m. Team members include senior Logan Archer, juniors Sam Cagle, Taylor Neagle, Brittany Edwards, Lexi Voorhees, Rebecca Treat, Sarah Fisher, and sophomores Hailey Hvamstad and Emilee Swearingin. Team managers include Aubry Mason and Ann Marie McCullum. The team is coached by Adam Carlton.</p>
<p>photo by TWILA KING</p><p>Mulberry’s Logan Archer goes for a layup against a pair of Kingston defenders during the regional finals.</p>
photo STEPHANIE PARSON Cedarville senior Garrett Parson goes up for a shot during the third-place regional game against Elkins. The Pirates play Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at the Class 3A State tournament in Charleston.

Junior Kayla Moore scored 23 points and Mountainburg beat 2A-4 rival Johnson County Westside 56-45 on Saturday for the fourth time this season in the championship game of the 2A West Regional Tournament in Eureka Springs.

Mountainburg (29-2) trailed 26-22 at halftime but rallied for a 39-33 lead after three quarters. Auburn Peters and Tara Webb finished with 15 and 11 points respectively. Delanei Hurt had 16 for JC Westside.

The Lady Dragons face Poyen at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Hampton.


Cedarville 57, Elkins 46 (Men’s)

The Pirates rallied in the second half to bounce back from Friday’s loss and grabbed the No. 3 seed for the Class 3A state tournament with the 57-46 win over Elkins.

With the icy weather that hit the state earlier in the week, all the state tournaments (except Class 7A and Class 4A) were pushed back to start on Wednesday.

Cedarville will now face Melbourne on Friday at 8:30 p.m. A win will put the Pirates in the Monday’s quarterfinals to take on the winner of the McGehee-Harding Academy.

The Pirates led 38-36 after the third quarter and scored 19 points to pull further ahead.

Garrett Parson led with 25 points and Corey Fincher added 12. Abraham Hernande and Keith Simkins had six points each.

Kingston 48, Mulberry 46 (Women’s)

The Lady YellowJackets grabbed the No. 2 seed after a slow start to Saturday’s final.

Kingston led 30-22 at halftime and Mulberry closed the gap in the third quarter, 40-39, but was unable to sustain the momentum in the fourth quarter.

Mulberry faces Mount Vernon-Enola on Saturday in the Class 1A State Tournament held at Jasper.

The winner goes to take on the Viloa-Caddo Hills winner on Monday at 4 p.m.

Brittany Edwards led with 15 points and Logan Archer added 13. Sam Cagle tossed in nine.

Friday’s Games

Mountainburg 53, Hackett 40 (Women’s)

The Lady Dragons utilized a strong showing in the third quarter to reach the finals of the regional contest on Saturday.

Mountainburg led 22-18 at halftime, but jumped further ahead as it went up 41-30 going into the fourth quarter.

Auburn Peters led with 26 points and hit 8 of 8 free throws.

Kaylyn Moore added 16 points and Tara Webb chipped in 11.

West Fork 49, Cedarville 47 (Men’s)

Cedarville led for almost the entire game, but late mistakes doomed the Pirates.

Cedarville (20-9) led 42-41 with less than two minutes left but missed a pair of free throws and had two turnovers from as West Fork (18-11) pulled off the upset.

“We didn’t execute offensively all game long and made too many mental mistakes,” Cedarville coach Andrew Tencleve said. “We are going to have to get mentally tough and come back with a better ball game (on Saturday).”

Garrett Parson scored 25 points for Cedarville. Alex Cantrell and Corey Fincher both had eight.


Junior High

Rogers 40, Alma 31 (Girls)

The Lady Airedales ended their season on Feb. 27 with a loss in the 7A West Regional tournament.

Rogers took a 17-12 lead at halftime and was up 28-24 going into the fourth quarter.

Bailey Jones led Alma with eight points.

The Lady Airedales finished the season with a share of the River Valley Conference title, a 12-2 league record and 16-8 overall.

“I have been so proud of this bunch. I hate losing them,” said coach Paige Jones. “They are a talented group of young ladies who will compete well for us in high school.”

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