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HOT SPRINGS — This year, Sylvan Hills has clinched its state championship.
A year after losing to Alma in the 5A boys basketball final, the 5A-Southeast Conference champion Bears returned and beat conference runner-up Little Rock Mills 59-54 Saturday before 5,639 fans at Summit Arena. Archie Goodwin scored 27 points and had seven rebounds to lead Sylvan Hills (27-5), which led 59-45 with 90 seconds to go. Jerale Lovelace started Mills’ late rally with a three-point basket, then Shaquon Fletcher completed a three-point play, Willie Williams hit a jumper and Shyheim Barron knocked down a free throw in a 1-minute span before the Bears finally managed to quiet the comeback.
Barron had 17 points and nine rebounds and Markale Lovelace added 16 for the Comets (22-7).
Clarksville 93, Pulaski Academy 73
Dusty Hannahs’ 43 points — yes, 43 — weren’t nearly enough to help the Bruins (27-2) stop the Panthers’ reign.
Clarksville (30-5) has won back-to-back championships for the first time since 1997-98. Freddy Lee led the Panthers with 28 points, hitting 9 of 11 from the field, and Deven Simms added 23.
Clarksville shot 31 of 59 (52.5 percent) from the field and committed only six turnovers to PA’s 15. It outscored PA 30-13 in the second quarter after a 17-all tie and led by as many as 23 points.
Mammoth Spring 42,
Sacred Heart 39
Wayne Coffey made a go-ahead layup with 28 seconds left, and two turnovers cost Sacred Heart (34-9) in the game that followed the Star City vs. Farmington 4A girls final.
Houston Cooper made a steal and scored on a fast break with 2 seconds to go to make it a three-point lead. Sacred Heart then turned the ball over again just before the buzzer to end any hopes of sending the game to overtime.
Matthew Turnbough and Garrett Wooldridge each scored 12 points to lead Mammoth Spring. Ryan Sutton had 14 points for Sacred Heart.
Fort Smith Northside 41
Melissa Wolf scored 22 points, hitting 7 of 9 from the floor and 8 of 9 from the foul line, and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Panthers (27-5) downed the Bears (29-2) for the championship.
It was a stellar shooting performance for a Cabot team that otherwise hit 42.5 percent from the field.
Kilah Cummings led Northside with 13 points and 10 boards.
Greenland 43, Green Forest 35
No statistics were available from the game