Lady Bulldogs still in playoff chase


WHITE HALL — Don’t count out White Hall just yet.

Five Lady Bulldogs scored in double figures, leading the team to a 70-62 win over De Queen on Tuesday in White Hall’s regular-season finale. The win kept White Hall (10-15, 5-9 in 5A-South) in contention with De Queen (8-13, 5-8) and Hot Springs Lakeside (10-16, 5-9) for the fourth and final state tournament spot from the conference.

De Queen can end White Hall’s hopes with a win Thursday against against Hope, which was in seventh place going into Tuesday. A loss will send the Lady Leopards a three-way tie, and because all three teams in the tie are 1-1 against each other, the points tiebreaker will be used to determine the fourth seed in next week’s tournament at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

White Hall’s Rachel Box led all scorers with 18 points. Charese Simpson added 14, Alexis Winston had 12, JaeLisa Allen netted 11 and Lindsey Williams had 10.

Nadji Powell led De Queen with 16 points. She was followed by Kenzie Mirphew with 13, Shabrina Rivas with 12 and Ashley Davis with 10.

BOYS

White Hall 48, De Queen 47

WHITE HALL — D.J. Freeman hit a 19-foot jump shot with 19 seconds left, and Quinton Winston drew a charge on De Queen’s last possession to give the Bulldogs (8-16, 5-9 in 5A-South) a season-ending victory.

Freeman led the way with 14 points. Lamarcus Davis and Percy Arnold added 10 for White Hall, which finishes sixth in the 5A-South Conference.

De Queen finished winless in the conference (3-20, 0-14 in 5A-South).

AACS ALL-STAR GAME

Central/North 61, South 60

LITTLE ROCK — Larry Tate of Ridgway Christian scored 15 points, but couldn’t lift the South All-Stars to a win in the Arkansas Association of Christian Schools All-Star game.

The Central/North team hit a free throw with 0.6 second left. Tate’s half-court shot drew iron as the buzzer sounded.

Blake Pennington had five points and Micah Cottrell scored three. Both are from Ridgway. Randy Whiteside of St. Joseph had four points.