HOT SPRINGS — Unfortunately for Clarendon, state championships can’t be determined by win-loss records.
Needing just one more victory to complete an unbeaten season, coach Kendrick Hudson’s Lions had no answer for hot-shooting Cedar Ridge. The Timberwolves started the game shooting better than 63 percent from the field and marched to a 64-40 victory Saturday in the 2A boys title game at Summit Arena, ending Clarendon’s season at 30-1.
Hudson, a 1994 Altheimer graduate, was vying to make the Lions the only undefeated boys team in Arkansas this season. Clarendon also was going for its first championship in basketball.
Newark-based Cedar Ridge (34-3) made 14 of 22 first-half field goals and finished the game 24 for 43 for 55.8 percent. Spencer Reaves had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Timberwolves.
Styleen Tyler had 22 points for Clarendon, which had a much colder shooting night (15 for 48 for 31.3 percent).
Jonesboro 66, LR Parkview 54
HOT SPRINGS — For the first time in seven years, the 6A boys basketball state championship will reside outside of Pulaski County.
Jonesboro — the last team outside of the county to win the title — led for all but the first 3½ minutes of its final against Little Rock Parkview on its way to victory in front of 5,940. MVP Justin Ross had 19 points and six rebounds to lead the Hurricane, while Marquise Pointer tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds and Bradley Sherrill 13 points.
The Hurricane, who won their 11th championship, set the tone early with a 19-9 lead over a Patriots team that was looking for their 13th. But the Patriots’ 6-for-22 first-half shooting doomed them.
Daryl Macon has 24 points to lead Parkview. Jaylen Franklin added 10.
Greenwood 64, LR Parkview 49
HOT SPRINGS — Megan Hartness was hard to miss, and she hardly missed.
Hartness made 15 of 17 free throws and 6 of 10 field goals to finish with a game-high 27 points and lead the Lady Bulldogs (27-6) to their third state championship in five years.
Hartness, the tournament MVP, also had 11 rebounds and three assists.
Greenwood was in control most of the game, taking a 36-24 halftime lead. Parkview (15-13) struggled to keep up in the final quarter with only five points after pulling to within 53-44.
Haleigh Henson and Lundon Williams each had 16 points for Greenwood. For Parkview, Jalyn Davis had 16 points and six rebounds, Saudha Davey totaled 10 points and 10 bards, and Christyal Holloway netted 10 points.
Episcopal Collegiate 62, Charleston 56
HOT SPRINGS — Four days after ending McGehee’s perfect-season bid at 22-1, Episcopal Collegiate (29-3) of Little Rock finished a dream season of its own and won its first state title in its second straight finals appearance.
MVP Mahlon Martin made 7 of 8 from the floor and 4 of 6 from the line for a game-high 21 points to lead the Wildcats. Allie Freeman added 17 points and Kelvin Robinson and Justin Gooseberry each added 10.
Charleston (31-6) reached the title game after hosting the 3A tournament. Matthew Ward led the Tigers with 20 points, followed by Ty Storey with 18.
Spring Hill 67, Mountainburg 44
HOT SPRINGS — Well, one team has reached perfection in Arkansas this season.
Spring Hill, of Hope, completed a 35-0 season thanks in large part to the play of Rachel Medina. The MVP finished with 24 points and six rebounds, while Jamie Nance had 13 rebounds to go with 18 points and Claire McMaster added 16 points.
Mountainburg (32-3), located just north of Fort Smith, was led by Tara Webb with 21 points, Kaylyn Moore with 13 and Auburn Peters with 10.
Paragould 56, Huntsville 48
HOT SPRINGS — Paragould won the title on its second straight try, a year after falling to Jacksonville.
But the Lady Rams (22-5) had to weather a 27-point performance by Huntsville’s Vanessa Burgess. She made 11 of 26 from the field.
Sydney Layrock earned MVP honors after scoring 26 points and grabbing six rebounds for Paragould, which led 35-33 going into the fourth quarter and was up by as much as 56-43 with 25 seconds remaining.