Clarksville jumped out to a 16-4 first-quarter lead and did not look back Friday night in a 59-45 victory over Forrest City in a 5A state boys tournament quarterfinal at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
Dederick Lee and Freddy Lee each scored 16 points and Deven Simms added 15 to lead the Panthers, who had a 30-16 halftime lead. Dederick Lee was held to one field goal in the third quarter, but made 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to help put the game away.
Jerren Thompson also had 11 for Clarksville.
Forrest City was led by Tray Thompson with 20 points and Dwain Whitfield with 10.
Alma 59, Greene County Tech 56
The Airedales moved within two victories of their second state championship in there seasons, dispatching the Eagles from the 5A quarterfinals. They will play Harrison at 1:30 p.m. today.
Andrew Hovis, who scored a game-high 21, hit three 3-point baskets in the fourth quarter for the Eagles, but it was not enough to will them back to victory. Tanner Perkins scored 20 points, including six threes, for GCT.
For Alma, Brock Widders led with 15 points, Austin Lee had 13, and Gage Jensen and Brandon Candelaria each had 12. Alma hit 8 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter.
The Airedales trailed 17-10 after the first quarter, but narrowed the lead to 28-27 at halftime and were up 42-40 with 8 minutes remaining.
Huntsville 54, Beebe 44
Despite a 29-point effort by Jaime Jackson, Beebe’s season came to an end after a dominant fourth quarter by Huntsville, which will play Jacksonville at 6 tonight in the semifinal round.
The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Badgers 20-13 in the period to put the game out of reach. The Lady Eagles knocked down 12 of 16 free throws in the frame and finished 22 of 28 for the game.
Cierra Creek scored nine of her team-high 16 points in the fourth to lead Huntsville. Rose Robinson added 13 points, and Miranda Dubberly added nine, including 7-of-10 foul shooting.
Kalela Miller scored 10 points for Beebe, which trailed 21-20 at halftime.
Jacksonville 62, Camden Fairview 50
The Lady Red Devils joined their male counterparts in the semifinals, getting 21 points from Jessica Jackson against the Lady Cardinals of the 5A-South Conference.
Jackson hit 9 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter, and Jacksonville finished 24 of 31 at the line.
Markela Bryles added 13 points for Jacksonville and Shakyla Hill had 11 points. Camden Fairview was led by Andreya Davis with 21 and Jermeka Marks with 19.