Digest For Thursday


LOCAL

Lady Jackets edge Bryant

BRYANT — Dezaree Duckworth missed a hail-mary shot as time expired and the Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets edged the Bryant Lady Hornets 42-41 in Wednesday’s make-up game.

Sophomore Kadesha Cooper led Sheridan (9-5, 2-2 7A/6A South Conference) with 13 points and sophomore Ashton Hill scored nine. Junior Hannah Schultz contributed with eight points and 10 rebounds.

For Bryant (7-11, 1-3), junior Courtney Davidson led all scorers with 18 points.

Sheridan will host Little Rock Fair on Friday beginning at 6 p.m.

Sheridan rallies in second half

BRYANT — The Sheridan Yellowjackets rally from a six-point halftime deficit to defeat the Bryant Hornets 61-54 Wednesday in a make-up game.

Junior Dylan Morris led Sheridan (11-5, 2-2 7A/6A South Conference) with 15 points. Junior Chris Whitman contributed with 13 points and junior Austin Theiss scored 10.

Bryant (10-7, 0-4 7A/6A South) led Sheridan 31-25 at the half.

Sheridan will host Little Rock Fair on Friday.

STATE

Morgan wins 2013 Landers Award

LITTLE ROCK — Greenwood senior Drew Morgan was given the 2013 Landers Award Wednesday night.

Morgan edged out local nominees Walter Ashley, of Pine Bluff, and Stuttgart quarterback Dontrell Brown.

Morgan is awarded a signature ring and a $3,000 scholarship towards his school.

The Landers Award recognizes superior athletic achievement on the Arkansas high school football field. Other winners include: Tyler Wilson, Michael Dyer, Darren McFadden and Peyton Hillis.

KATV will re-air the event on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

NATIONAL

Story of Manti Te’o girlfriend a hoax

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame says a story about Manti Te’o’s girlfriend dying, which he said inspired him to play better as helped the Fighting Irish to get to the BCS National Championship, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker.

According to a report on ESPN.com, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a news conference Wednesday that coaches were informed by Te’o and his parents on Dec. 26 that Te’o had been the victim of what appeared to be a hoax.

Someone using a fictitious name “apparently ingratiated herself” with Te’o, the school said, then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had died of leukemia.

The university issued a news release Wednesday after Deadspin.com reported it could find no record of Lennay Kekua existing.