WC needs double OT to remain in 1st


After a 2-2 overtime period, Watson Chapel found a way to outlast Hot Springs in the second overtime and remained unbeaten in 5A-South girls basketball with a 73-65 victory at home Tuesday night.

The game pitted the top two teams in the conference, and Watson Chapel (15-6, 9-0 in 5A-South) avoided having to share first place with Hot Springs (14-5, 7-2). But the two played neck and neck for 36 of the game’s 40 minutes, as the host Lady Wildcats clung to a 47-41 lead after three quarters.

The Lady Trojans outscored them 17-11 in the fourth to send it to overtime, but each team scored only two points in the first extra 4 minutes. Watson Chapel then outscored Hot Springs 13-5 to win it.

Chelsea Payne led Watson Chapel with 21 points. Kamera Bozeman added 20, Jasmine Bell 12 and Kierra Cox 11.

Pine Bluff 65, Lake Hamilton 36

PEARCY — The Fillies (20-4, 9-1 in 7A/6A-South) earned their 20th victory of the season after dominating the Lady Wolves (12-9, 3-6) on Tuesday.

Jasmyn Eckermann scored 15 points, Ajia Richardson added 12 and Victoria Broady contributed 10 for Pine Bluff, which led 35-18 at halftime.

The Fillies remain a game behind first-place Benton in conference standings. Benton at home defeated Sheridan 44-40 in double overtime Tuesday.

White Hall 57, HS Lakeside 34

WHITE HALL — The Lady Bulldogs used a 17-3 fourth quarter to put away Hot Springs Lakeside for their second straight victory.

For White Hall (8-13, 3-7 in 5A-South), Rachel Box finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, JaeLisa Allen had 11 points and Ally Stuart scored 10.

The Lady Rams, who were fourth in conference standings, fell to 9-13 and 4-6 in the 5A-South. The top four teams advance to the 5A state tournament.

Clare King led Lakeside with 20 points.

Fordyce 41, Smackover 31 (OT)

FORDYCE — Fordyce’s Alex Little converted a layup with 10 seconds left to send the game to overtime at 28-all, and the Lady Bugs (18-9, 4-3 in 8-3A) ran away in the extra period for the win over the Lady Buckaroos (1-6 in 8-3A).

Lacie Hulse led Fordyce with 19 points. Little was the Lady Bugs’ second-leading scorer with five.

Fordyce will play at Drew Central on Friday for a share of the 8-3A regular-season championship.

Drew Central 55, Cam. Harmony Grove 48

MONTICELLO — Aaliyah Block scored 27 points for the second consecutive game, and Drew Central (17-9, 5-2 in 8-3A) stayed atop the 8-3A Conference with a seven-point win over Camden Harmony Grove (4-4 in 8-3A).

Kari Milton added nine points and Cierra Gardner had eight for Drew Central.

Star City 46, Dumas 24

STAR CITY — Jaida Harden scored more than half of the Lady Bulldogs’ points in a rout of the Lady Cats.

Harden had 26 points, six rebounds and four steals to lead Star City (20-4, 11-0 in 8-4A Conference). Dumas (14-8, 7-4) fell out of a second-place tie with Monticello in the conference with the loss.

Monticello 46, Warren 25

MONTICELLO — The Lady Billies (12-10, 8-3 in 8-4A) have second place all to themselves in the 8-4A after dominating the Lady Jacks (10-12, 5-6), who were a half-game ahead of Hamburg for the fourth and final regional playoff spot.

Monticello’s Kiara Bolden and Warren’s Chakendra Roberson each scored a game-high 10 points. Sedre’anna Griddine and Erin Campbell added eight points for Monticello.

Bat. Southside 45, Dollarway 20

At Dollarway, the Lady Cardinals’ struggles continued on senior night.

Southside outscored winless Dollarway 28-5 in the second half on its way to winning 45-20 Tuesday night.

On this night, Southside’s defense clamped down after halftime, forcing 15 turnovers by the end of the third period.

Southside outscored Dollarway 20-2 in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Cardinals (0-13 in 2-4A) return Friday for their season finale at Clinton.