GREENWOOD — Despite a game effort by the Pine Bluff Zebras, the Jonesboro Hurricane (25-4) was just too strong in reaching the 6A state boys semifinals for the second straight season with a 61-51 victory Friday night. Jonesboro will play Benton at 7:30 tonight.
Pine Bluff (14-11) was still within 54-50 with just under a minute left, but missed a basket and back-to-back three-point plays put the game away.
Kahron Ross scored a game-high 21 to lead Jonesboro while Aaron Washington had 12 and Randle Toliver added 10. Rickey Clements scored 17 to pace Pine Bluff while John Tate added 12.
Mountain Home 56, Pine Bluff 45
GREENWOOD — Mountain Home’s Taylor Williams and Katie Kapler outscored the Fillies by themselves in leading the Lady Bombers (21-8) to the victory.
Pine Bluff (24-6) led 15-9 after a quarter, but Williams scored 14 of her game-high 33 points in the second quarter which gave the Lady Bombers a 27-23 lead they would never relinquish.
Kapler scored 20 points for Mountain Home.
Jasmyn Eckermann led Pine Bluff with 15 points while Victoria Broady and Jalan Williams each added 11.