State roundup: Lady Jackets advance in 6A tournament


GREENWOOD — Southeast Arkansas has three teams remaining in the 6A state basketball tournaments.

In girls action, Sheridan stayed alive with a 56-40 victory over Searcy on Wednesday. Kadesha Cooper scored 18 points to lead Sheridan with Josey Love and Hannah Schultz each scoring 11.

The Lady Yellowjackets (16-9) put the game away with 22 points in the third quarter, including seven from Cooper and Love.

Searcy (9-18) was led by Brittnee Broadway with 15 points with three three-pointers.

Sheridan will play Little Rock Hall at 7 tonight in the quarterfinal. If Sheridan wins and Pine Bluff beats Lake Hamilton on Friday, the two Southeast Arkansas teams and 7A/6A-South Conference rivals will meet at noon Saturday in the semifinal round.

Today, the Pine Bluff boys team plays Mountain Home at 5:30 p.m.

6A BOYS

Jonesboro 58, Sheridan 40

GREENWOOD — Jonesboro, the second seed from the 6A-East, scored 24 points in the first quarter and never looked back.

Jonesboro (24-4) led 37-22 at the half.

Marquise Pointer led a trio of scorers for Jonesboro with 14 points. Aaron Washington scored 12 points, including 10 in the first quarter, and Karon Ross added 10.

Sheridan (14-15) was led by Dylan Morris with 11 points.

3A BOYS

McGehee 53, Mansfield 37

SEARCY — The Region 4 champion Owls (22-3) shook off a slow start and knocked the Tigers out of the first round of the 3A state tournament at Riverview High.

McGehee coach Jerome Pace said his team reacted well to the long road trip.

“We started a little sluggish, but I’m just hoping it’s because of the drive up here,” he said.

Zach Ellis led McGehee with 19 points, and Marcus Miller added 15.

McGehee will play today’s Mayflower-Osceola winner at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Drew Central played West Fork late Wednesday in the 3A tournament, but a final score was unavailable.

3A GIRLS

Elkins 44, Drew Central 43

SEARCY — Fouled with 1.7 seconds left and her team down by two points, Drew Central’s Kari Milton missed the first free throw and made the second when she intentionally tried to miss it. But Elkins managed to run out the clock and end the Lady Pirates’ season at 23-11.

Drew Central, which trailed 21-19 at halftime, was outscored 12-4 during a second quarter in which it was missing Aaliyah Block with an injured left ankle and Milton due to foul trouble. Block scored 16 of her 22 points in the second half, Cierra Gardner scored nine points and Milton finished with eight.

Paris 61, McGehee 56 (OT)

SEARCY — The Lady Owls’ first state tournament game in 20 years ended in heartbreak.

The Lady Eagles overcame a 31-19 halftime deficit and forced overtime with the score at 50 apiece. McGehee (14-9) could not pull it out in the extra 4 minutes, but got 16 points from Shakyla Begnaud and 11 from Niesha Henry.

The Times Record contributed to this article.