Dollarway shakes off nervousness, advances to state


HEBER SPRINGS — Dollarway had to shake off nervousness against a team it narrowly defeated in last year’s 4A state quarterfinal, this time to make it back to state.

Behind Davonne Chapman’s 13 points, the 2-4A District champion Cardinals came from a 16-15 halftime deficit to defeat Jonesboro Westside 40-30 Wednesday in the first boys game of the 4A East Region Tournament.

“We had to come out and make some stops,” Dollarway coach Ellis Berry said. “We were a little nervous. We needed to work the ball inside to Chapman.”

Neither team scored more than nine points in a quarter until Dollarway (25-2) outscored Westside 15-10 in the fourth. The Warriors were held to five points in the third.

Jeremiah Young scored eight points and Kabion Ento added seven for Dollarway, which outrebounded Westside 26-24.

Dollarway, which has matched its win total from last season, will take on the winner of tonight’s Brookland vs. Heber Springs game at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

4A SOUTH BOYS

Monticello 66, Nashville 20

ARKADELPHIA — The 8-4A Conference champion Billies (25-2) made it an easy quarterfinal at Ouachita Baptist University, putting away the Scrappers by 46.

Christian Roberson led Monticello with 14 points, Devon Jackson had 12 and Torry Butler scored 10.

Monticello will face either Arkadelphia or Star City at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

4A SOUTH GIRLS

Star City 52, Ashdown 21

ARKADELPHIA — Star City (24-4) never let Ashdown score more than seven points in a quarter, and the defending 4A state champion Lady Dogs moved on in its regional tournament.

For Star City, Tyeshia Harris had 20 points, seven rebounds and a block; Kindra Redix scored 15 points and Jaida Harden totaled 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Star City will play today’s Bauxite vs. Dumas winner at 7 p.m. Friday. Star City has beaten Dumas twice this season en route to a 14-0 season in the 8-4A.

Malvern 58, Warren 31

ARKADELPHIA — Malvern punched its ticket to the state and ended Warren’s season at 12-14.

A 4A state semifinalist a year ago, Malvern outscored Warren 17-4 in the first quarter and 20-7 in the third.

Shamiqua Pickett led Warren with 11 points.

3A REGION 4 GIRLS

McGehee 53, Horatio 44

PRESCOTT — The 8-3A District champion Lady Owls (13-7) have qualified for their first state tournament in 20 years, beating the Lady Lions behind freshman Shakyla Begnaud’s 24 points.

McGehee will face either Bismarck or Camden Harmony Grove at 7 p.m. Friday.