Dollarway clinches 2-4A title outright


CLINTON — Dollarway did its part. Lonoke didn’t.

Dollarway closed its regular season with a 58-21 victory over Clinton to clinch the No. 1 seed in next week’s 2-4A District Tournament in Newport. But the Cardinals also won the 2-4A Conference championship outright, their second straight conference title, thanks to Heber Springs’ victory over Lonoke, which went into Friday tied with Dollarway for first place in the conference.

Dollarway’s only conference loss was to Lonoke.

The Cardinals (22-2, 13-1 in 2-4A) forced Clinton into 27 turnovers and outrebounded the Yellowjackets 27-11. Joshua Liddell led the Cards with nine points, followed by Nicholas Dickson with eight and DeQuan Christmas and Davonne Chapman each with seven.

Dollarway will play at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the district tournament. The Cardinals are guaranteed a spot in the 2A East Regional at Heber Springs by virtue of their top-two conference finish.

Watson Chapel 66, De Queen 24

DE QUEEN — Ben Marcus scored 21 points, and the Wildcats (11-10, 6-4 in 5A-South) remained firmly in contention for a state playoff berth with a blowout win over the Leopards (3-14, 0-9).

The Wildcats were tied for third with Hot Springs in the 5A-South going into the game. The top four teams at the end of the regular season advance to the state tournament.

Watson Chapel travels to White Hall on Tuesday.

White Hall 33, Magnolia 31

MAGNOLIA — The sixth-place Bulldogs (7-14, 4-7 in 5A-South) topped the fifth-place Panthers (12-7, 5-5) and kept their state playoff hopes alive.

Magnolia turned the ball over with 2 seconds left, sealing White Hall’s win.

Percy Arnold led White Hall with eight points. J’Breun Steen and Tyler Pirson each added seven.

Monticello 61, Lake Village 21

MONTICELLO — Torry Butler scored 24 points, and the Billies (22-2, 12-0 in 8-4A) are now two wins away from completing an unbeaten conference season.

GIRLS

Watson Chapel 47, De Queen 38

DE QUEEN — Watson Chapel defeated De Queen 47-38 Friday night to remain undefeated in the 5A-South conference.

Chelsea Payne led Chapel (16-6, 10-0 in 5A-South) with 21 points and Chapel Jones contributed with 12 points.

Watson Chapel will play at crosstown rival White Hall on Tuesday.

White Hall 48, Magnolia 23

MAGNOLIA — The Lady Bulldogs (9-13, 4-7 in 5A-South) outscored the Lady Panthers (5-15, 1-10) 35-10 in the second and third quarters and posted their third straight victory.

For White Hall, JaeLisa Allen scored 15 points, Rachel Box had nine, and Lindsey Williams and Alexis Winston each scored eight.

Monticello 63, Lake Village 39

MONTICELLO — Erin Campbell’s 19 points and Yasmine Franklin’s 18 powered Monticello (13-10, 9-3 in 8-4A) past Lake Village (4-17, 0-12).

Monticello led 38-20 at halftime.

JUNIOR HIGH BOYS

Ridgway Christian 44, El Dorado Westside 25

LITTLE ROCK — Ridgway Christian advanced to the semifinals of the Arkansas Association of Christian Schools junior high state tournament with two victories on Friday.

Against Westside, Ezra Tole had 22 rebounds and 19 points, and Cody Andersen scored 14 points.

Ridgway won its first game Friday 33-10 over Gospel Light of Hot Springs. Andersen and Tole each scored nine points, and Tole added seven rebounds.

Ridgway will play Southwest Christian at 11:40 a.m. today for a spot in next Saturday’s championship game in Magnolia.

JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS

Ridgway Christian 20, Life Way 13

LITTLE ROCK — Julia Taylor (12 points) and Taylor Allen accounted for all of Ridgway’s points in a win over Life Way Christian.

Ridgway will play Southwest Christian at 12:50 p.m. today in the AACS state semifinals.