Prep Basketball: Teams take key regional wins
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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.
— GRANT TOLLEY
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.
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.
— ERIC BOLLIN
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.”