Romontae Marrs drove the length of the court and his layup went through the net as the final buzzer sounded in overtime, giving Wynne a 67-65 victory over Camden Fairview on Thursday in a first-round game of the 5A boys state tournament at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
Camden Fairview tied the game at 65 with 8.8 seconds left when Jonathon Walker hit the second of two free throws. Marrs, who finished with a game-high 29 points, then made the winning play.
Fairview’s Ethan Lee, who scored 26 points, sent the game into overtime with a basket from NBA three-point range at the buzzer, tying the game at 52. Marrs scored 10 of his points in the extra frame.
Keenen Halk added 17 points and Tasmania Jones had eight for Wynne, which will play Jacksonville at 5:30 p.m. today. Justin McCoy had 12 and Jamarcheon Smith added 11 for Fairview.
Wynne appeared to be in control at halftime, holding Fairview to two points in the second quarter and leading 25-15.
Forrest City 52,
The Mustangs made four three-point baskets in the first quarter en route to a 21-6 lead and did not let up in their win over the Panthers.
Forrest City also took 16 more free throws than Magnolia did. The Mustangs hit 17 pf 24, compared to 3 of 8 for the Panthers.
For the Mustangs, Trevonte Coulter scored six of his 12 points from the free-throw line, and Jayshun Jordan added 10 points. Waltrikus Dunn led Magnolia with 13, followed by Daldric Harris with nine.
Forrest City will take on Clarksville at 8:30 tonight.
Paragould 38, Vilonia 35
The first girls quarterfinal was a close affair, as the Lady Rams got by the Lady Eagles by three points.
Paragould will take on the Watson Chapel vs. Clarksville winner at noon Saturday.
Vilonia stayed in the game with seven three-point baskets, but Paragould got to the free-throw line often, hitting 15 of 20. Sydney Layrock made 5 of 6 at the line and led Paragould with 14 points while Savannah Walker added nine.
Vilonia was led by McKenzie Gray and Audrey Moran with eight points each.
Beebe 58, Hot Springs 47
Jaime Jackson scored 15 of her 27 points in the third quarter and helped the Lady Badgers open up a big lead on their way to a first-round victory over the Lady Trojans.
Beebe took control in the quarter by outscoring Hot Springs 22-9 after leading 26-23 at halftime.
Kalela Miller had 17 points and Madison Richey added eight for Beebe. Hot Springs was led by Ashley Clayborn with 18 points and Berniezha Tidwell with 16.
Beebe will face Huntsville at 7 tonight.
Camden Fairview 55, Greene County Tech 30
Bre Bates scored 11 of Camden Fairview’s 17 first-quarter points and led all scorers with 18 points in the first game of the day.
The Lady Cardinals will play Jacksonville at 4 p.m. today.
Also for the Lady Cardinals, Jermeka Marks scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half and Andreya Davis added eight points.