Preps Roundup: Liddell returns with 22, keeps Cards in 1st place


LONOKE — Joshua Liddell returned to the Dollarway lineup with a strong performance on the road.

Liddell scored 22 points, and Dollarway knocked down 3 of 5 free throws — all in the final 1½ minutes — to take a 50-47 win against Lonoke on Tuesday. The win kept Dollarway (7-2, 5-1 in 2-4A) in first place in the conference.

Liddell missed Friday’s overtime win at Clinton as he went on a football recruiting trip to Boise State. But he didn’t lose a step at all in the Cardinals’ latest showdown with the Jackrabbits (4-3 in 2-4A).

The Cards hit 6 of 9 three-point baskets, all in the first half, finished 20 for 39 from the field and outrebounded the Rabbits 15-14. But it was 21 turnovers that did in Lonoke, compared to Dollarway’s 14.

Kabion Ento had 10 points and Gujuan Christmas added six for Dollarway.

Blake Mack led Lonoke with 21 points. He was followed by Jamel Rankin with 11 and Darius McCall with seven.

Dollarway led 24-23 at halftime.

HS Lakeside 53, White Hall 44

WHITE HALL — The Hot Springs Lakeside Rams drew even with the Bulldogs in 5A-South Conference standings after taking a nine-point victory on the road.

White Hall (5-9, 2-2 in 5A-South) was looking to stay within a game of first place and was within striking distance after just trailing 22-21 at halftime. But Lakeside (5-8, 2-2) led after each quarter.

Kirk Baugh scored 12 points and J’Breun Steen added 11 for the Bulldogs.

McGehee 72, Drew Central 70 (OT)

McGEHEE — The heated rivalry just got hotter.

Tracy Lawson, who hit a game-winning shot at Drew Central last season, did it again at home Tuesday. He knocked down the go-ahead shot with 30 seconds left in overtime, and Drew Central’s shot rimmed out before the buzzer to seal the victory for the Owls (9-0, 3-0 in 8-3A).

McGehee has won four of five from Drew Central since the start of last season, but the rivalry was highlighted by Drew Central’s upset win in the 8-3A District final and McGehee’s revenge win in the regional final. The Owls advanced to their second state semifinal in three years.

Dilly Binns kept Drew Central (9-9, 0-2) alive with a game-tying three-ball with 7 seconds left in regulation. He had 18 points to lead the Pirates.

Lawson scored a game-high 20 and Travon Spratt added 18 for the Owls. For Drew Central, Mahli Arrington added 15 and Tremaine Newton and Edmond Hunter scored 13 each.

Monticello 57, Star City 27

STAR CITY — Behind D.J. Franklin’s 19 points, the Billies (12-3, 5-0 in 8-4A) remained atop the conference with a win over the Bulldogs (0-13, 0-6).

Monticello has won 19 straight 8-4A games since joining the league last season.

Dumas 51, Lake Village 29

DUMAS — The Bobcats (6-8, 5-1 in 8-4A) posted a 20-3 third quarter to overcome a 20-19 halftime deficit and marched to victory over the Beavers (4-7, 1-4).

Dumas used balanced scoring in its victory, led by James Spinks’ 13 points. Ken Madden and Johnny Gibson added 10 apiece and Travon Cobb chipped in eight.

Jalen Thomas led Lake Village with eight.

Warren 57, Crossett 50

WARREN — The Lumberjacks overcame a 24-point game by the Eagles’ Jalen Hudson to pick up an 8-4A victory.

Ryan Clary scored 18 points and Darveon Brown had 10 for Warren (3-4, 3-2 in 8-4A), which led 26-22 at halftime. Ruson Lewis added 10 points for Crossett (5-9, 2-3).

Warren won the junior high boys game 38-27.

GIRLS

White Hall 38, HS Lakeside 37

WHITE HALL — Lindsey Williams’ running jumper with 2 seconds left lifted the Lady Bulldogs (11-4, 3-1 in 5A-South) to a key conference victory over the Lady Rams (1-11, 1-3).

Lakeside did not get off a shot before the final buzzer.

White Hall, which went into the contest one game behind co-leaders Hot Springs and De Queen, also got nine points from Arkansas-Pine Bluff recruit JaeLisa Allen. The Lady Bulldogs managed to get the win without the help of leading scorer Hailey Wilkins, who was out with the flu.

McGehee 58, Drew Central 52

McGEHEE — Shakyla Begnaud matched her season high with 38 points Tuesday night, and it came at a much-needed time.

Begnaud helped the Lady Owls (7-7, 2-1 in 8-3A) knock off their conference archrivals at home with just her second 30-plus point game of the season. She scored 38 against Dumas on Nov. 21.

Cierra Gardner wouldn’t let Drew Central (9-7, 1-1 in 8-3A) go away quietly. She led the Lady Pirates with 25 points.

Drew Central didn’t shoot a free throw until the fourth quarter, when it went 6 for 11.

Latrice Clark added seven points for McGehee.

Star City 53, Monticello 36

STAR CITY — Jaida Harden finished with a double-double, and Star City (16-2, 6-0 in 8-4A) won its 79th consecutive conference game.

Harden had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Amira Ford added 15 points and five rebounds for the Lady Dogs, who needed a 21-8 fourth quarter to pull away from the Lady Billies (6-6, 1-4).

Stuttgart 55, Marianna 44

MARIANNA — Tiffany Gipson, Tasharra Dawkins and Jayda Williams each scored 15 points in leading Stuttgart (9-6, 4-4 in 2-4A) past Marianna (0-7 in 2-4A).

Through the first quarter, it was Marianna in control with a 23-12 lead. The Lady Ricebirds then pulled within 28-27 at halftime and took a 40-32 lead through three quarters.

Crossett 57, Warren 45

WARREN — A 17-6 third quarter helped the Lady Jacks (7-7, 2-3 in 8-4A) stage a comeback, but the Lady Eagles (12-2, 4-1) thwarted it and remained firmly in second place in the 8-4A.

Shamiqua Pickett had 17 points and Jalexia Oliver added 11 for Warren. Crossett was led by Kayla Hodges with 19 and Shaquanna Keith with 13.

Crossett led 33-19 at halftime.

Dumas 61, Lake Village 24

DUMAS — The Lady Cats (12-7, 4-2 in 8-4A) maintained a hold on third place in the conference with a convincing win over the Lady Beavers (3-8, 1-4). No statistics were available.

Also Tuesday: Lonoke defeated Dollarway, but a score was unavailable.

JUNIOR HIGH BOYS

Lonoke 38, Dollarway 34

LONOKE — The Cardinals (7-8, 3-1 in 2-4A) were dealt their first conference loss of the season Tuesday, despite getting 14 points from Kuron Brown and 10 from Cameron Crane.

Teon Johnson and Demetrius Johnson each added six points for Dollarway, which was coming off a 45-44 win over Clinton on Friday.

JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS

Watson Chapel 29, HS Lakeside JV 28

At Watson Chapel, the junior high Lady Wildcats edged Lakeside’s high school junior varsity with the help of Yasmin Jackson’s nine points.

Watson Chapel improved to 8-5 with the win.