Preps Roundup: Freshman’s free throws in overtime lift Pine Bluff past Texarkana, 68-66


TEXARKANA — Pine Bluff scored six of its eight points in overtime from the foul line, but none were bigger than Marcus Thomas’ two free throws.

The freshman nailed them with 3.8 seconds left, and Texarkana missed a three-point attempt to give Pine Bluff a 68-66 victory Friday in the 7A/6A-South Conference opener for both teams.

Darrian Kee hit the other four free throws in the extra 4 minutes and led the Zebras (6-5, 1-0 in 7A/6A-South) with 25 points. Rickey Clements followed with 20 points and Tyrone Payne added 14.

The game was tied at 60 at the end of regulation. Texarkana led 29-23 at halftime.

Dollarway 44, Heber Springs 30

HEBER SPRINGS — After a first half in which Heber Springs nailed seven three-point baskets, Dollarway (12-1, 3-0 in 2-4A) held the Panthers to four points in the second half, rolling to its 12th consecutive victory.

Davonne Chapman scored 18 points and DeAaron Adway had 11 to lead the Cardinals, who will play at Stuttgart on Tuesday.

Hope 60, White Hall 53

HOPE — The Bobcats surged ahead for good with about 2:30 remaining, taking this 5A-South Conference opener.

Hope outscored White Hall (3-8, 0-1 in 5A-South) 17-4 in the fourth quarter.

For the Bulldogs, Lamarcus Davis had 12 points, Quinton Winston 11 and J’Breun Steen 10.

Monticello 45, Dumas 39

DUMAS — Monticello was tied with Dumas (7-5, 2-1 in 8-4A) through the first and second quarters, but pulled ahead in the second half just enough to pick up a win over its new 8-4A Conference rival.

Dumas’ Dontarius Stovall led all scorers with 16 points. He was followed by Martavian Ward and Lonzo Randolph with nine points each.

Mike Jones led Monticello with 11, while Torry Butler added nine.

Warren 70, DeWitt 56

WARREN — The Lumberjacks (6-0, 2-0 in 8-4A) raced to a 22-5 first-quarter lead and kept its distance away from the Dragons in a conference victory.

Ryan Clary scored 14 points, Darveon Brown and Von Eric Gonder each had 12 and Kaleel Thomas added 11 for Warren.

GIRLS

Watson Chapel 66, Camden Fairview 45

CAMDEN — Watson Chapel outscored Camden Fairview 38-18 in the second half and got 28 points from Kamera Bozeman in a victory Friday to open 5A-South Conference play.

Watson Chapel (7-6, 1-0 in 5A-South) sealed its victory with a 20-8 fourth-quarter.

Chapel Jones added 11 points for the Lady Wildcats, who will host Hot Springs Lakeside on Tuesday.

Pine Bluff 57, Texarkana 38

TEXARKANA — Jasmyn Eckermann took advantage of Pine Bluff’s up-tempo game and scored 25 points to lead the Fillies (12-3, 1-0 in 7A/6A-South) past the Razorbacks.

“If we can get out and run, that’s her game,” Pine Bluff coach Loy Moore said.

Ajia Richardson added 10 points for Pine Bluff, which led 34-19 at the break.

Pine Bluff will host Bryant on Tuesday.

Star City 97, Crossett 26

STAR CITY — The Lady Bulldogs (11-4, 2-0 in 8-4A) built a 52-18 halftime lead and shut out the Lady Eagles in the fourth quarter while nearing the century mark in a big blowout.

Tyeshia Harris led Star City with 29 points and six rebounds. She was followed by Jaida Harden with 21 (including 11 free throws on 13 attempts), Alexis Bullard with 14 and Lindsay Kiernan with 10.

Hope 54, White Hall 46

HOPE — The Lady Bobcats led wire-to-wire in opening 5A-South play with a win over the Lady Bulldogs (5-7, 0-1).

Maddie Cowan had 13 points and JaeLisa Allen scored 11 for White Hall.

Warren 49, DeWitt 32

WARREN — The Lady Jacks (5-5, 2-0 in 8-4A) remained unbeaten in the conference behind Shaniqua Pickett’s 17 points and Chakendra Roberson’s 11.

Fordyce 53, Hamburg 27

HAMBURG — Lacie Hulse scored 21 points in leading the Lady Bugs (11-5) to a nonconference win over the Lady Lions.

Alyssa English chipped in 15 points for Fordyce.

JUNIOR HIGH BOYS

Dollarway 35, Heber Springs 21

HEBER SPRINGS — The Cardinals (13-2, 2-0 in 2-4A) outscored the Panthers 16-2 in the third quarter on their way to the win.

For Dollarway, Sharodrick Williams had 11 points, Kendrick Hunter nine and Cameron Girley eight.