PREPS ROUNDUP: Ricebirds clinch regional berth


MARIANNA — When the 4A East Region Tournament begins, don’t count out Stuttgart.

Seeded sixth in the 2-4A District Tournament, Stuttgart pulled off a big upset Tuesday night and earned a regional berth with a 50-32 win over third-seeded Heber Springs. Stuttgart (12-12), which was swept in regular-season play by Heber Springs, will play second-seeded Lonoke at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the district semifinal round.

Should the Ricebirds remain lucky, there’s the possibility of playing top-seeded Dollarway in the championship. Dollarway will face host Marianna in the other semifinal Thursday.

Stuttgart switched to a man-to-man defense and shot well from the field against a Heber Springs team that handed Dollarway its only two conference losses of the season.

Alante Stewart had 22 points and K.J. Avery added eight for the Ricebirds.

Drew Central 75, Camden Harmony Grove 44

MONTICELLO — Drew Central averted a winless 8-3A Conference season Monday night and defeated Camden Harmony Grove for the second straight night to open up the 8-3A District Tournament.

The Pirates (10-15) cruised from the beginning, outscoring the Hornets 28-10 through the first 8 minutes.

Dilly Binns and Edmond Hunter each scored 18 and Tremaine Newton netted 13 for Drew Central. Harmony Grove was led by Charles Parham with 13 and Zamarquus Gentry with 10.

Drew Central will face conference champion McGehee (15-0) at 7:40 tonight.

Monticello 56, Crossett 33

CROSSETT — The Billies (19-3, 12-0 in 8-4A), who already wrapped up the 8-4A Conference championship, moved to within two games of their second straight undefeated league season.

D.J. Franklin scored 19 points to lead Monticello. For Crossett (6-14, 4-7), Jalen Hudson had 17 points.

Dumas 45, Hamburg 43

DUMAS — Dev Buchanan made 1 of 2 free throws with 1.8 seconds left to give the Bobcats (11-10, 10-3 in 8-4A) a two-point lead, and the Lions (9-10, 6-6) missed a shot before the buzzer to seal Dumas’ win.

James Spinks and Johnny Gibson each scored 12 points to lead Dumas. Ken Madden also had nine points.

Warren 58, Lake Village 48

WARREN — Nine Warren players entered the scoring column, and the Lumberjacks (8-6, 8-4 in 8-4A) took a step closer to securing a regional playoff berth.

Von Eric Gonder scored a game-high 17 points and Lafoy Smith had 16 for the Lumberjacks, who are third in the conference with two games remaining. Warren will play at Crossett on Friday and at Hamburg on Monday.

GIRLS

Stuttgart 40, Clinton 37

MARIANNA — At the 2-4A District Tournament, sixth-seeded Stuttgart broke open a 32-all tie after three quarters and upset third-seeded Clinton to earn a spot in next week’s 4A East Region Tournament — which will be hosted by Clinton.

Tiffany Gipson led the winning Lady Ricebirds (13-11) with 16 points. Tasharra Dawkins added 12 points.

The Lady Yellowjackets finish the season 16-9.

Monticello 57, Crossett 49 (OT)

CROSSETT — Ariel Williams knocked down a three-point basket as time expired to send the game into overtime, and Monticello shut out Crossett 8-0 in the extra 4 minutes to keep their regional tournament hopes alive.

The Lady Billies (10-9, 5-7 in 8-4A), who are one game behind Warren for the fourth and final playoff spot, came back from a 31-22 halftime deficit to win.

Yasmine Franklin had 22 points and Williams added 13 for the Lady Billies. Kylah Hodges led Crossett (16-5, 8-4) with 15 points. Crossett falls just a half-game behind Dumas for second place in the conference.

Monticello will host DeWitt today in a makeup game.

Star City 70, DeWitt 27

STAR CITY — Jaida Harden and Latia Harris each scored 18 points in leading the Lady Dogs (23-2, 13-0 in 8-4A) to their 86th straight conference victory.

Harden made 8 of 9 field goals and added four rebounds. Harris had five rebonds and three steals.

Star City seniors Vanessa Jackson and Lindsay Kiernan each scored 10 points in their Senior Night game. Kiernan grabbed eight boards (six on offense) and Jackson had two steals, three assists and five rebounds.

Dumas 45, Hamburg 41 (OT)

DUMAS — The Lady Cats (17-9, 9-4 in 8-4A) moved into second place in league standings by a half-game over Crossett after outscoring the Lady Lions (9-13, 5-7) 13-9 in overtime.

For Dumas, Whitney Henderson had 15 points and Mona Mitchell chipped in 12.

Hamburg is tied with Monticello for fifth place, one game behind Warren.

Warren 64, Lake Village 29

WARREN — If it weren’t for Senior Night, Shamiqua Pickett likely would have had another 30-point game. Maybe a 40-point game.

Pickett didn’t enter the game until about 4 minutes remaining in the first half and still finished with 29 points to lead the Lady Jacks (11-10, 6-6 in 8-4A) past the Lady Beavers (4-13, 2-9). Pickett, the sophomore standout, came off the bench to allow an all-senior starting lineup.

Morgan Gathen scored 15 points and Yakima Hegler added 10 for Warren.