Brock Widders helped make Alma a winner Wednesday night.
The senior guard/forward scored 23 points, hitting a trio of three-point baskets in the process, as he led Alma to a 61-56 victory over Little Rock McClellan on day 2 of the 5A state tournament at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Alma, the 5A champion two years ago, will take on Greene County Tech in a quarterfinal at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
The Airedales overcame a sluggish second quarter in which they were outscored 14-4 to fall behind 24-23. Widders had all four Alma points that period, then added 10 in the third.
Austin Lee added 19 points and Brandon Candelaria had eight for the Airedales, the third seed from the 5A-West. For the 5A-Central runner-up Crimson Lions, Terrance Jones had 12 points, Tyrin Hollis scored 10 and Akee Johnson netted eight.
Harrison 65, Pulaski Academy 54
Harrison had only four players score Wednesday. One hit five three-pointers, and another led all scorers with 26 points.
Alex Rose scored 11 of his 26 in the fourth quarter, leading the Golden Goblins to victory. Jordan Grant scored 17 points, 15 of which came on treys, and Jackson Doshier had 15. Rose and Grant accounted for the Goblins’ nine three-pointers.
Harrison held Pulaski Academy to three points in the second quarter and took a 25-17 lead into halftime. The Bruins, who played through last year’s 4A tournament at the Convention Center into the championship game against Clarksville, could not recover.
Marcus Wallace led PA with 22 points, while Brandon Brady chipped 15.
Harrison will face Beebe at 8:30 tonight in the quarterfinals. Beebe needed double overtime to beat Watson Chapel 53-50 on Tuesday.
Clarksville 58, LR Christian 48
Watson Chapel knows who its next opponent is.
Behind Ciara Graham’s 28 points, the Lady Panthers ended the Lady Warriors’ season and will take on Watson Chapel at 1 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals.
Graham hit 11 of 13 free throws and made three treys in the victory. She was followed by Audrey Schucker with 10 points and Lauren Krissman with eight.
Annalee Rhodes led Christian with nine points, while Carlee Earls followed with eight.
Vilonia 48, Pulaski Academy 41
Down 22-21 at halftime, Vilonia outscored PA 16-6 in the third quarter and held off the Lady Bruins to advance in the tournament.
McKenzie Gray led the winning Lady Eagles with 18 points. She hit 6 of 6 free throws.
Also for Vilonia, Ashlyn Hightower had 11 points and Audrey Moran netted nine.
PA was led by Liana Krisht with 12 points and Mackie Kuhn with 10.
Vilonia will play Paragould at 7 tonight.
Huntsville 70, Sylvan Hills 37
In the day’s first game, the 5A-West champion Lady Eagles shut out the Lady Bears 20-0 in the first quarter, setting the tone for a blowout victory.
Huntsville was led by Miranda Dubberly with 18, Sydney Striplin with 17 and Rose Robinson with 13. Jalmedal Byrd led Sylvan Hills with eight points, all in the second half.
Huntsville will face Beebe at 7 p.m. Friday.