BENTON — Finally, Pine Bluff has gotten past Benton in girls basketball.
Ajia Richardson scored 18 points in leading Pine Bluff to a 38-36 win over the defending 7A/6A-South Conference champion Friday night. Pine Bluff, which was swept by Benton a season ago, came from a 20-17 halftime deficit to win.
With the win, the Fillies (15-5, 5-2 in 7A/6A-South) has moved into a tie with the Lady Panthers (13-4, 5-2) for second place in standings. If El Dorado defeated Bryant on Friday, that would put El Dorado two games ahead of second place.
Pine Bluff will visit Texarkana on Tuesday.
White Hall 59, De Queen 46
WHITE HALL — The Lady Bulldogs survived a barrage of three-point baskets from De Queen’s Erin Mitchell and remained in a tie for second place with a 13-point victory.
Mitchell scored 18 points, all on three-pointers. She canned three triples during the final quarter.
Lindsey Williams led White Hall (13-5, 5-2 in 5A-South) with 15 points. JaeLisa Allen, Alexis Winston and Zoe Brown each added 12 for the Lady Bulldogs.
Paige Murphew added 15 points for struggling De Queen (7-9, 4-3), which once was tied for the conference lead but has fallen to fourth place.
Watson Chapel 47, Magnolia 37
MAGNOLIA — Watson Chapel scored 12 points in each of the first three periods and 11 in the final quarter while holding off Magnolia (4-9, 2-5).
For Watson Chapel (10-9, 5-2 in 5A-South), Peyton Martin led with 12 points and Morgan Monk netted 11.
Star City 60, Warren 29
STAR CITY — The Lady Dogs (19-2, 9-0 in 8-4A) held the Lady Jacks (9-8, 4-4) to single-digit scoring in each period and captured their 82nd consecutive conference victory.
Amira Ford led Star City with 15 points. She was aided by Jaida Harden with 13 points and five rebounds and Latia Harris with 11 points and four boards.
Shamiqua Pickett scored a game-high 18 points for Warren.
Hamburg 32, Monticello 30
MONTICELLO — Monticello arose from a 10-3 deficit and outscored Hamburg 6-1 in the third quarter for a 21-17 lead, then the Lady Lions (8-10, 4-4) got it going again to escape with the close victory.
Yasmine Franklin led Monticello (7-8, 2-6) with 12 points.
Ridgway Christian 41, El Dorado West Side 30
At Ridgway, Madison Heflin’s 20 points and Paige Topping’s 13 nearly made up all of the Lady Eagles’ scoring in an 11-point conference win.
Ridgway improved to 7-10 and 4-4 in the AACS South Region with the win.
Watson Chapel 54, Magnolia 30
MAGNOLIA — The Wildcats (15-3, 7-0 in 5A-South) completed their first round of conference play unbeaten after a dominating win over the Panthers (7-8, 1-6).
Kyran Thomas and Ben Marcus each scored 13 points and Xavier Young added 12 for Watson Chapel.
Monticello 58, Hamburg 45
MONTICELLO — A 22-15 fourth quarter helped the Billies (15-3, 8-0 in 8-4A) pull away from the Lions (6-9, 3-5) for their 22nd straight win in 8-4A play.
Chris Robertson had 19 points and Deshawn McGowan scored 16 for Monticello. Trey Miller led Hamburg with 10 points.
Warren 54, Star City 50
STAR CITY — Warren outscored Star City 20-7 in the final 8 minutes to avoid a stunning defeat in 8-4A Conference play.
Darveon Brown and Von Eric Gonder each scored 16 points to lead Warren (6-4, 6-2 in 8-4A). Toney Matthews had 17 points, Cole Muckleroy scored 12 and K.J. Mallett had 11 for Star City (0-15, 0-9).
Sheridan 58, Texarkana 30
SHERIDAN — Chris Whitman put together an all-around performance to lead the Yellowjackets (9-12, 3-4 in 7A/6A-South) past the slumping Razorbacks (9-8, 1-6).
Whitman had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, Austen Theiss added 14 points and six rebounds, and Jessie Feathers and Dylan Morris each had 10 points and six assists for Sheridan. Feathers also pulled down seven rebounds.
The Yellowjackets were in control from the beginning, leading 33-17 at halftime.
Dumas 77, DeWitt 33
DeWITT — Dumas played with no shortage of offense Friday and posted a 44-point victory on the road.
For the Bobcats (8-9, 7-2 in 8-4A), James Spinks had 17 points, Travon Cobb scored 16, LaDarius Harris had 13, Johnny Gibson added eight and Bernard Brown chipped in seven. LaDarius Williams led the Dragons (3-5 in 8-4A) with 15 points.
JUNIOR HIGH BOYS
Dollarway 60, Newport 24
Kuron Brown outscored the Greyhounds all by himself on Friday night.
Brown’s 27 points led the Cardinals (9-9, 5-2 in 2-4A Conference) in the team’s final game of the season.
Paris Hicks and Teon Johnson added 11 points apiece for Dollarway, which finished tied for second in the conference.
JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS
Magnolia JV 19, Watson Chapel 17
MAGNOLIA — Cayla Trotter scored eight points for Watson Chapel (10-6), but the junior high Lady Wildcats came up just short to Magnolia High’s JV team.