SHERIDAN — White Hall recovered from a five-point halftime deficit and avenged a humiliating loss at home to Sheridan by defeating the 6A Yellowjackets 54-53 Tuesday night.
The 5A Bulldogs (2-1) had a five-point lead after the third quarter and led by as many as eight points in the final quarter. Sheridan knocked down a couple of three-pointers, including one at the final buzzer for the game’s final margin.
White Hall had three players score double digits, including junior J’Breun Steen, who led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Tyler Pirson contributed with 14 points and Kirk Baugh had 12.
“We got the lead in the third quarter,” White Hall head coach Marc Stringer said. “We just spread them out a little bit and played a little defense. We used our speed and built it up to an eight-point lead.”
Stringer said they were able to knock down their free throws down the stretch and it kept the Yellowjackets at bay.
Senior Griffin Smith led Sheridan with 16 points and Dylan Morris finished with 12. Junior Jessie Feathers chipped in with nine points.
The Bulldogs will play England on Dec. 2 in the first round of the DeWitt Tournament.
Watson Chapel 68, Searcy 62
SEARCY — Ben Marcus and Leonard Robinson accounted for 41 of the Wildcats’ points in their 68-62 season-opening victory against the Lions on Tuesday.
Watson Chapel survived a strong fourth quarter by Searcy in which the Lions outscored the Wildcats 25-20 and knocked down four three-point baskets in the process. The Wildcats led after each quarter, 18-11 through the first 8 minutes, 30-21 at halftime and 48-37 through three periods.
Marcus scored 21 points and Robinson had 20 — 15 of them coming on three-pointers. Tevin Brown notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists.
Watson Chapel is scheduled to host Pine Bluff next Tuesday.
Searcy 61, Watson Chapel 40
SEARCY — Two players scored in double digits, but Watson Chapel fell to Searcy 61-40 Tuesday night.
Senior Kierra Cox scored 24 points and Payton Martin had 12 points as the Lady Wildcats dropped to 2-2 on the season.
Watson Chapel will host Pine Bluff on Dec. 3.
Star City 55, Fordyce 34
STAR CITY — Jaida Harden scored 21 points including a 13-for-14 free-throw performance and grabbed six rebounds as the Star City Lady Bulldogs defeated the Fordyce Lady Bugs 55-34 Tuesday night at home.
Tekeila Walker chipped in 10 points for Star City (5-2). She shot 4 of 6 from the floor and had seven rebounds.
Markeita Morris led Fordyce with 11 points.
Fordyce will play Little Rock Mills at 7 p.m. Monday in the FBT Bank & Mortgage Tournament in Fordyce. Star City will host McGehee on Dec. 3.
JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS
Watson Chapel 31, Searcy 28
SEARCY — Cayla Trotter scored 21 points as Watson Chapel defeated Searcy 31-28 Tuesday night.
Jakhiyah Boston chipped in with eight points for the Lady Wildcats (2-2) and Searcy was led by Adriah Sanders with six points.
Watson Chapel will host Sheridan on Monday.