Warriors bounce ‘Jackets, get Zebras next


JONESBORO — Sheridan set the tempo exactly where it wanted, and then Little Rock Hall turned up its defensive speed.

The defending 6A state champion forced Sheridan into about 15 turnovers and made 7 of 12 three-point baskets to come away with a 47-33 win Saturday in the first round of the 6A playoffs at Jonesboro High School. The Warriors, seeded third in the East, will meet Pine Bluff at 8:30 p.m. Monday in the quarterfinal round.

The Yellowjackets, seeded sixth in the South, finished 10-16.

Sheridan coach Joe Scott said his team confused the Warriors with their defense as the reigning champs held on to an 8-4 lead. A long jumper at the buzzer gave Hall an 18-12 halftime lead.

That advantage expanded to 34-22 after the third frame.

“They picked up the pressure, and we got a little fatigued,” Scott said.

Sheridan pulled within nine but got no closer the rest of the way.

Austen Theiss finished with 18 points in his final Sheridan game.

“They’re a little smaller in size,” Scott said. “That’s why we used Austen down low a lot.”

3A BOYS

Benton Harmony Grove 55, Fordyce 43

CHARLESTON — Fordyce (14-9) was shut out 10-0 after the first quarter and could not recover against a much taller Harmony Grove team in Saturday’s first-round action.

“We were coming in intimidated a little bit,” Fordyce coach Stan Jones said. “We couldn’t make anything from outside.”

Jones said Harmony Grove’s height disrupted the Redbugs’ game inside as well. Five of the Cardinals are listed at 6-feet-5 or taller.

“Anytime you play kids who are 6-10, 6-7, 6-2 and 6-1, you don’t see too many college teams with that size,” Jones said. “I think they must have the biggest high school team in the state.”

Six-foot-5 junior Drake Wilks had 14 points and 6-11 senior Hayden Birchfield added 11 for the Cardinals, the Region 2 third-place team.

The Region 4 runner-up Redbugs were led by Ariyon Sumler and Devonte Moore with 14 points each.

Harmony Grove led 28-17 at halftime.

Mayflower 85, Drew Central 62

CHARLESTON — A big second quarter by the Eagles took away any chance of a first-round upset bid by the Pirates.

Mayflower led 17-12 after the first quarter before outscoring Drew Central 25-12 in the second period.

Edmond Hunter led the Pirates (13-18) with 16 points and Dilly Binns added 13. Tremaine Newton scored eight and Mahli Arrington and A.J. Simpson chipped in with seven points apiece.

The Eagles had three players score 22-plus points. J.P. Perry led the way with 27, while Drew Duncan and Hayden Long recorded 22 points each. Taylor Hulslander added 12 points.

3A GIRLS

eStem 55, McGehee 38

CHARLESTON — The Lady Owls couldn’t make a narrow halftime lead stand up in losing their first round game.

McGehee, which trailed 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, took a 17-16 lead into the break.

eStem, though, outscored McGehee 18-10 in the third and 21-11 in the fourth to pull away for the 17-point win.

Sophomore Shakyla Begnaud scored 23 points to lead the Lady Owls (15-10).

Olivia McWilliams had a game-high 26 points and Becca Mosler added 10 for the Lady Mets.