5A Roundup: GCT stuns Lakeside in first round


One conference champion has fallen out of the 5A boys state tournament.

Andrew Hovis and Tanner Perkins each scored 14 points, leading Greene County Tech to a 49-47 upset victory over 5A-South champion Hot Springs Lakeside on Tuesday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

Perkins nailed four three-point baskets, including a pair in the fourth quarter. Lane Earls added 12 points for GCT.

Lakeside (22-6) trailed 22-17 at halftime but came back to take a 33-32 lead at the end of three quarters. Ray Beresford had 23 points to lead the Rams, while Nick Jones added nine and Chris Aings had eight.

GCT will play Little Rock McClellan or Alma at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Jacksonville 74, Huntsville 43

Three Jacksonville players scored in double figures, leading the Red Devils to a first-round victory over the Eagles.

Aaron Smith scored a game-high 18 points, Justin McCleary had 11 of his 15 points in the second quarter, and Sergio Berkley added 13 points for Jacksonville, the 5A-Central champion. Cole Frick and Garrett Wieland led Huntsville with 12 points.

Next for Jacksonville is a meeting with Camden Fairview or Wynne at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

GIRLS

Jacksonville 47, Morrilton 33

The 5A-Central champion Lady Red Devils moved into the quarterfinal round, picking up their offense after outscoring the Lady Devil Dogs 6-2 in the third quarter.

Jessica Jackson scored 15 points and Shakyla Hill had 14 for Jacksonville. K.T. Davis was Morrilton’s leading scorer with 10 points.

It was 24-20 in Jacksonville’s favor at halftime.

The Lady Devils will meet Camden Fairview or Greene County Tech at 4 p.m. Friday.

Paragould 60, De Queen 33

The 5A-East champion Lady Rams opened the 5A state tournaments with a dominating victory behind Sydney Layrock’s 22 points. Carson Gill added 11, including three first-half three-point baskets, and Rachel Dicus had nine points.

De Queen, which snuck into the tournament as a fourth seed from the 5A-South, had only five players score. Erin Mitchell led the Lady Leopards with 10 points (including three treys of her own), followed by Sabrina Rivas and Naudi Powell with eight apiece.

Paragould will play the winner of today’s Vilonia vs. Pulaski Academy game at 7 p.m. Thursday.