CLINTON — Dollarway had to go without Joshua Liddell on Friday and barely avoided an upset defeat on the road.
A three-point basket at the buzzer by Clinton forced the game into overtime, but Dollarway responded to take a 56-53 victory.
Liddell, a three-sport star for the Cardinals, was on a football recruiting trip to Boise State, coach Ellis “Chief” Berry said. Liddell on Thursday was offered a football scholarship to Arkansas when coaches Bret Bielema and Barry Lunney Jr. visited.
The basketball Cardinals (6-2, 4-1 in 2-4A) shot well from the field (24 of 48) but made only 6 of 14 free throws. They committed 11 turnovers but forced the Yellowjackets (7-7, 0-4) into 15.
Darius Robinson led Dollarway with 13 points. He was followed by Travon King with 12, Kabion Ento with 10 and Gujuan Christmas with nine.
Clinton, which outrebounded Dollarway 25-20, trailed 22-16 at halftime.
Watson Chapel 55, De Queen 34
De QUEEN — Watson Chapel (11-3, 3-0 in 5A-South) benefited from tw double-digit scorers and nearly a third Friday night to remain atop 5A-South standings.
Xavier Young scored 11 points and Ben Marcus added 10 for the Wildcats, who have a first-place battle with former assistant coach Rodney Echols and Hot Springs (11-3, 3-0) at home on Tuesday. Leonard Robinson added nine points.
De Queen is winless in the 5A-South at 0-3.
White Hall 44, Magnolia 40
MAGNOLIA — The Bulldogs (5-8, 2-1 in 5A-South) nearly blew a 13-point lead down the stretch, but free throw shooting by Tyler Pirson helped them hang on for a key conference victory.
Pirson, who led White Hall with 14 points, nailed 4 of 4 free throws in the final minute after Magnolia had whittled the margin down to 2 with about 55 seconds left.
Malik Corley and Jake McNulty each had eight for the Bulldogs.
Magnolia is now 6-5 and 0-3.
Lake Hamilton 54, Pine Bluff 42
PEARCY — The Zebras (6-7, 1-2 in 7A/6A-South) could not recover from a 17-5 first-quarter deficit, and the Wolves (9-5, 2-1) took a big step in conference standings after being in a six-way tie for second place.
For Pine Bluff, J’marlos Johnson had 12 points, Roosevelt Murray 10, and Marcus Thomas nine.
Warren 74, Lake Village 60
LAKE VILLAGE — Behind Ryan Clary’s 24 points, the Lumberjacks (2-4, 2-2 in 8-4A) got back on track in conference play with a 14-point win over the Beavers (4-6, 1-3).
Warren never looked back after taking a 25-15 lead after the first quarter. The Lumberjacks were ahead 39-27 at the break.
Kaleel Thomas added nine points for Warren.
Also Friday: Dumas 42, Hamburg 36.
White Hall 43, Magnolia 19
MAGNOLIA — The Lady Bulldogs (10-4, 2-1 in 5A-South) held the Lady Panthers to two first-quarter points and shut them out in the third quarter en route to a bounce-back victory following Tuesday’s loss to Hot Springs.
Hailey Wilkins scored 12 points and Alexis Winston added 10 for White Hall, which was ahead 25-8 at halftime and 35-8 going into the fourth quarter.
Magnolia fell to 3-6 and 1-2 in the 5A-South.
Warren 72, Lake Village 47
LAKE VILLAGE — Shamiqua Pickett scored 37 points, and Warren (7-6, 2-2 in 8-4A) maintained control from start to finish in beating Lake Village (3-7, 1-3).
Pickett’s total is her third highest of the season. She scored 45 points against Stephens on Dec. 30 and 42 against Camden Harmony Grove on Nov. 30.
Deshaundra Johnson led Lake Village with 21 points.
De Queen 34, Watson Chapel 31
De QUEEN — First place in the 5A-South Conference is shared by at least one less team after De Queen (3-0 in 5A-South) knocked off Watson Chapel (7-8, 2-1).
Watson Chapel went into the game tied for first with De Queen and Hot Springs, which played Camden Fairview on Friday.
It was a tight contest throughout as De Queen trailed 11-10 in the first quarter but led 21-19 at halftime and 29-24 through three quarters.
Peyton Martin and Kierra Cox had eight points each to lead Watson Chapel.
Star City 63, DeWitt 22
DeWITT — Star City went on a 26-7 spurt in the second quarter and held DeWitt to two points each in the third and fourth quarters in earning its 78th consecutive 8-4A Conference game Friday on the road.
Jaida Harden scored 16 points to lead Star City. Latia Harris added 13 points and five rebounds, Larena Walker added eight points, seven rebounds and seven assists and Jade Brasher chipped in six points.
McGehee 66, Smackover 20
SMACKOVER — The Lady Owls picked up their first 8-3A Conference win of the season with the blowout win.
Raven Burks and Shakyla Begnaud scored 23 and 22 points, respectively, to lead McGehee (6-7, 1-1 in 8-3A).
Also Friday: Hamburg 43, Dumas 41.