Hawks rally to sweep North Lamar cagers
Pleasant Grove’s boys basketball team outscored North Lamar 19-6 during the final six minutes Tuesday at Hawks Gym to erase a 10-point deficit and beat the Panthers, 60-57.
The win keeps the Hawks’ District 16-4A title hopes alive, tying them with North Lamar (18-16, 2-1) for second place behind Paris. Pleasant Grove’s girls finished the first half of league play unbeaten (23-3, 5-0) with a 50-28 victory over the Lady Panthers.
“North Lamar’s guys played great half-court man and zone defense,” said Pleasant Grove coach Dwight McCowan. “We wanted to speed up the game and get some easy transition buckets, and that’s what we did the final five minutes of the game.”
The Panthers swished three treys in a 30-second stretch to build a 51-41 lead with six minutes left. Pleasant Grove (13-12, 2-1) went on an 8-0 run thanks to four steals and four layups. There was 1:44 showing on the clock when the Hawks’ Kamryn Woods came up with another theft. He missed his shot, but teammate Deaundre Robinson rebounded and scored to put PG on top 56-55.
Late free throws earn Hawks exciting win
Pleasant Grove never trailed again thanks to two free throws by Woods, and two by Robinson with 31 seconds left.
“I talked with Kamryn going into the game, telling him we needed him to step up on the court and be a leader,” said McCowan. “That’s exactly what he did, defensively and offensively. Overall this was a great team win. We played everybody on the bench.”
Woods and Robinson led all scorers with 19 points each. Woods had 11 in the first quarter when he bombed home three treys.
The Lady Hawks fell behind early 5-2. That’s when they went on an 11-0 run to capture the lead for good.
Shanequa Henry scored seven of her game-high 18 points in the first quarter. Keshawn Davis contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Miaya Ware added 11 points
Texas High wins pair at Greenville
GREENVILLE, Texas – Texas High converted 16 of 20 free throws Tuesday to retain second place in district with a 71-67 win over Greenville.
Senior guard Kyle Wright led the Tigers’ scoring with 29 points, while post C.J. Kelly contributed 22. Quin Anderson led Greenville with 20 points, with Cameron Smith adding 14.
The Lady Tigers remain unbeaten in league action with an easy win over Greenville, 66-27. Amiya Rone led THS with 14 points.
Lake Hamilton sweeps Arkansas High squads
Arkansas High’s girls could not slow Lake Hamilton’s offense Tuesday in falling, 63-40.
Z’niah Nelson led the Lady Backs with 12 points. Cedrianna Daniels contributed 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Jayla Easter scored 8 points with 7 rebounds. Aspen Thornton led the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds.
Lake Hamilton’s boys remained unbeaten in conference with a lopsided win over the Razorbacks.
Both Arkansas High teams will be back in action Friday at home against J.A. Fair.
Liberty-Eylau boys back in playoff hunt
PITTSBURG, Texas – Kentraile Atkins poured in 22 points Tuesday night in leading Liberty-Eylau to its first district win over Pittsburg, 70-45. L-E (16-8, 1-2) also got 11 points from Dominique Williams, with Talveyion Cooper adding 10.
Earlier Tuesday, Liberty-Eylau’s girls routed Pittsburg, 96-65. The Lady Leopards improve to 16-10 on the year and 2-1 in District 16-4A.
Ashdown boys romp at Smackover
SMACKOVER, Ark. – Ashdown’s second-ranked 3A boys basketball team romped past host Smackover Tuesday night, 65-25. The Panthers stand 16-1 on the season and 8-0 in conference play.
Atlanta cagers run past Paul Pewitt
ATLANTA, Texas – Atlanta’s boys improved to 24-3 overall and 7-0 in district Tuesday night in beating Paul Pewitt, 77-31. Hunter Allen led the Rabbs with 23 points, while Daimion Collins poured in 20.
The Lady Rabbs got back in the win column with a 64-37 victory over Pewitt. Keyona Easter led the winners with 28 points, 8 steals and 6 assists. Sheveionia Smith added 15 points and 9 rebounds.
Warriors tumble at Mineral Springs
MINERAL SPRINGS, Ark. – Trinity Christian lost another heart-breaker Tuesday night to the Mineral Springs Hornets, 44-42. Zack Frankllin led the Warriors with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Alex Cobb had 11 points for Trinity Christian.
Trinity’s junior high boys won, 47-34. Silas Nix had 24 points, and Wil Smith added 16.
Queen City falls in overtime to Dragons
REDWATER, Texas – Queen City pushed Redwater Tuesday night, losing in overtime to the Dragons, 66-63.
The Bulldogs (5-16, 1-5) were led by Tyler Nolen’s 24 points. Nolen had eight of Queen City’s 15 treys. Easton Fincher scored 14, while Colton Davis added 13. Gabe Menah led Redwater with 22 points.
Lady Panthers bury treys against North Webster
FOUKE, Ark. – River Watkins buried four 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead Fouke’s girls past North Webster, 85-29. The Lady Panthers improve to 19-3 on the season.
Fouke had nine 3-pointers in the game, with Jade Perry and Laykin Smallwood scoring 11 points each. The Panthers will be back in action Thursday when they host Bismarck.