Preps Roundup: Murray leads Zebras past Wildcats


EL DORADO — Roosevelt Murray undoubtedly had the hot hand for Pine Bluff on Friday night.

Murray scored a game-high 26 points, leading the Zebras to a 60-49 win over El Dorado in 7A/6A-South Conference play.

J’marlos Johnson and Marcus Thomas added 14 and 13 points, respectively, for the Zebras (8-7, 3-2 in 7A/6A-South). Jaylen Cunningham had 17 to lead El Dorado (6-10, 1-4).

Pine Bluff led 36-23 at halftime.

Camden Fairview 57, White Hall 30

CAMDEN — The Bulldogs dropped to 2-3 in 5A-South play with the road loss to the Cardinals (11-7, 2-3).

J’Breun Steen led White Hall (5-10) with 12 points, while Tyler Pirson added 10.

Camden Harmony Grove 82, Drew Central 81

MONTICELLO — Drew Central stormed from a 28-point deficit to take the lead at home, but free throws in the clutch helped Harmony Grove avoid an embarrassing loss.

Inbounding the ball with 10 seconds left, Drew Central (9-10, 0-3 in 8-3A) was called for an illegal screen, and the Hornets (2-1 in 8-3A) made two free throws to build an 82-78 lead. The Pirates then hit a three-pointer before the buzzer.

Drew Central’s Dilly Binns scored 26 points, all in the second half. He had 20 in the fourth quarter.

Edmond Hunter added 22, Tremaine Newton 13 and Mahli Arrington 10 for the Pirates.

Harmony Grove, which converted its first nine treys of the game, was led by Austin Hill with 22 points (18 in the first half), Zamarquus Gentry with 20 and C.J. Parham with 19.

Stuttgart 49, Newport 38

STUTTGART — The Ricebirds (9-8, 4-5 in 8-4A) handed the Greyhounds (5-3 in 8-4A) their second league loss in as many nights after Newport was tied with Dollarway for first place.

Lexus Hobbs had 12 points and Dewain Minter added 11 for Stuttgart.

Fordyce 70, Smackover 62

FORDYCE — Jakeymes Gates scored 20 points and helped the Redbugs (8-4, 2-1 in 8-3A) move within one game of conference leader McGehee.

Also for the Redbugs, Bobby Hentz scored 17, Ariyon Sumler netted 13 and D’vonte Moore had 11.

Little Rock Fair 36, Sheridan 35

LITTLE ROCK — Austen Theiss’ 17 points and 11 rebounds were not enough to help the Yellowjackets (8-11, 2-3 in 7A/6A-South) overcome a 13-for-42 shooting night from the field.

“We played very good defense, but we struggled to score,” Sheridan coach Joe Scott said.

The War Eagles made one of two free throws with 18 seconds left, rebounded the miss and made two more for a three-point lead. Theiss rebounded a missed triple for a putback before the buzzer.

Griffin Smith had seven points and Jessie Feathers added six for Sheridan.

GIRLS

White Hall 62, Camden Fairview 53

CAMDEN — A 15-5 first quarter gave White Hall (12-4, 4-1 in 5A-South) the strong start it needed in knocking off Camden Fairview (1-4 in 5A-South) and remaining a game behind the 5A-South Conference leader.

For White Hall, JaeLisa Allen scored a game-high 17 points, Zoe Brown added 15 points and Lindsey Williams scored 14. Camden Fairview was led by Talisa Avery with 14 points, Chantry Ross with 13 and Taylor Henderson with 12.

White Hall will host Watson Chapel on Tuesday.

Star City 63, Lake Village 34

STAR CITY — The Lady Bulldogs (17-2, 7-0 in 8-4A) seized control by halftime and marched to their 80th consecutive conference victory.

Latia Harris totaled 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Star City, which led 44-16 at halftime. Jaida Harden added 13 points.

Sheridan 71, Little Rock Fair 18

LITTLE ROCK — Sheridan scored 19 points in each quarter except the first — when it went out to a 14-4 lead.

Kadesha Cooper scored 19 points to lead the Lady Jackets (8-6, 3-2 in 7A/6A-South), and Lauren Mitchell added 11.

Sheridan nearly shut out Fair in the final quarter, but the Lady Eagles (0-10, 0-5) managed one point. Sheridan led 33-8 at halftime.

Drew Central 64, Camden Harmony Grove 42

MONTICELLO — Cierra Gardner led the Lady Pirates (10-7, 2-1 in 8-3A) with 23 points in a decisive win over the Lady Hornets (1-2 in 8-3A).

Also for Drew Central, Madison Knowles had 15 and Holly Williams poured in 10.

Fordyce 58, Smackover 24

FORDYCE — The Lady Bugs (16-6, 3-0 in 8-3A) had no problems with the Lady Buckaroos (0-4 in 8-3A) on Friday night.

Lacie Hulse scored 20 points and Alyssa English added 13 for Fordyce.

Newport 49, Stuttgart 45

STUTTGART — Haley Johnson scored 20 points, but Stuttgart could hang onto its halftime lead in a hotly contested 2-4A battle.

Jayda Williams had 11 points for Stuttgart (6-8, 4-5 in 2-4A), which led 22-17 at halftime and 33-31 through three quarters. Newport improved to 5-3 in the 2-4A with the win.

Also: On Thursday, Monticello 42, DeWitt 32; and Newport 65, Dollarway 35.