Digest for 11-22-13


LOCAL

Stuttgart handles Palestine Wheatley

STUTTGART — The Stuttgart Lady Ricebirds held Palestine Wheatley to single digits in all four quarters as they won 54-25 Thursday night at home to remain undefeated on the season.

Jayda Williams led Stuttgart (3-0) with 13 points and Haley Johnson chipped in with 12 points.

Stuttgart will face White Hall on Monday in a three-game set beginning with the JV boys at 4:30 p.m.

SW Christian routs Ridgway

Southwest Christian Academy defeated Ridgway Christian 78-22 Thursday night.

Ridgway (1-1) was led by Micah Cottrell with 13 points.

The Eagles will play Columbia today in Magnolia.

Rison girls defeat Chapel JH

At Watson Chapel, Rison’s high school varsity girls team took a 14-point victory over Watson Chapel’s junior high team.

For Chapel (1-2), Cayla Trotter scored 16 points and Destiney Qualls added six.

Rison’s ninth-grade girls team beat the Watson Chapel eighth-grade team 15-9. Jakhiyah Boston and T’aja Williams led Watson Chapel with four and three points, respectively.

Chapel JH falls in OT

BEEBE — Despite Simeon Blair’s 26 points, Watson Chapel could not get much going in overtime and Harding Academy took a 51-47 victory in the championship of the Centennial Bank Tournament.

Watson Chapel stormed back to tie the game at 43 with a final shot in regulation. The Wildcats had a good look at the basket but could not finish.

Tyriq Goodwin added 12 points for Chapel.

Harding eliminates UAM from GAC tourney

HOT SPRINGS — Harding defeated Arkansas-Monticello 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-20) on Thursday in the first round of the Great American Conference Tournament at Summit Arena. The Lady Bisons advance to the semifinals and will play the winner of the Ouachita Baptist vs. Southwestern Oklahoma on Friday at 6 p.m.

It was Harding’s ninth straight win and the second straight win against Arkansas-Monticello as the Lady Bisons improved to 26-7 overall. It was also the fourth straight win by Harding in the GAC Tournament dating back to last season.

Harding was led by Marindia Turner who had 13 kills. Junior setter Taryn Eubank captured a double-double with 36 assists and 10 digs. It was her 14th double-double this season. Copeland led the Lady Bisons defense with 14 digs and Arnold had 13.

UAM ends their season with a 12-20 record. The Cotton Blossoms were led by Tori Bozzo who had six kills.

REGIONAL

Jones: Garrett will be Cowboys coach in 2014

Irving, Texas — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Thursday that head coach Jason Garrett will return in 2014 regardless of whether the Cowboys make the playoffs or not.

Garrett, who joined the Cowboys in 2007 as the offensive coordinator, was named interim head coach following the firing of Wade Phillips after the club’s 1-7 start in 2010. Garrett was named the official head coach after the season.

The Cowboys have finished 8-8 the last two years and have lost the season finale both seasons with the NFC East title and a playoff spot on the line.

This season, Dallas is 5-5, a half-game behind Philadelphia in the division. The Cowboys, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2009, face the 4-6 Giants on Sunday in a key game for both teams.