Fort Smith Northside took over sole possession of third place Tuesday in the 7A Central race, shoving the Conway girls into fourth place with a 73-64 victory at Fort Smith.
The Lady Bears (15-9, 8-3) have a one-game lead over the Lady Cats (20-7, 7-4) with three games remaining. Northside has first-place North Little Rock, Cabot and Fort Smith Southside remaining. Conway, which has the tiebreaker over Northside after a 74-59 home victory earlier, has second-place Little Rock Central, Mount St. Mary and Bryant left.
Topazia Hawkins scored 33 points to pace the Lady Bears, including 11 points in the fourth quarter when her team pulled away.
Asiyha Smith led Conway with 23 points, Savannah Lowe had 16 and Maggie Evans 10.
In the boys game, the Grizzlies (18-6, 9-2) surged in the fourth quarter for a 64-52 victory after Conway led, 30-25, at the halfway points of the fourth quarter. The fourth-quarter onslaught resulted in a 61-41 lead at one point.
Isaiah Joe led Northside with 24 points and Tevin Brewer had 21. Gentrell Taylor scored 13 for the Cats.
At Walnut Ridge, The CBC Lady Mustangs (6-19, 5-15) equaled their American Midwest Conference win total of last year with a 70-50 victory over Williams Baptist.
CBC’s Audrey Moran led all scorers with 23 adding five assists and a steal. Aaliyah Block had a double-double scoring 12 with 11 rebounds. Block added three blocks, a steal and three assists for Central Baptist.
Morgan Fimpel would have nine points. Emily Gardner and Senko added eight apiece.
In the men’s game, the Eagles sent the Mustangs into fourth place with a 79-71 victory in a game that had five techinical fouls, three by CBC and two by Williams.
The Mustangs drew within 70-67 on a shot by Andy Ettiene with 2:38 left but back to back 3-pointers by the Eagles forced fouls by the Mustangs and the Eagles converted for the final margin.
TeShawn Sims would lead CBC with 13 points and three steals. Stephen Ramsey had 11 points and seven rebounds. Jalyn McBride added nine as did Nick Jones. Ettiene and Rob Sanders finished with eight apiece.
St. Joseph’s boys qualified for next week’s AA district tournament Tuesday with a 48-39 victory over Pangburn at Pangburn.
Daniel Lee Kordsmeier led the Mustangs with 12 points and nine rebounds. David Beck had nine points and 10 rebounds. Jack Briggler added eight points and three assists.
Other leaders were: Brad Vandivere, six points, three steals; Spencer Pope, six points; Triple Williams, four rebounds; Jacob Welter, three assists and Zach Martins, two steals.
At New Braunfels, Texas, the University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team finished fifth at the Texas State Invitational at The Bandit Golf Course.
Senior Brenda Gonzalez was UCA’s top finisher in a tie for 12th place after rounds of 66-83-78-227. Sophomore Emma Svensson tied for 16th place with rounds of 77-73-78-228, while senior Morgan Best tied for 36th after rounds of 73-82-79-234. Junior Fernanda Lira tied for 45th (79-83-75-237) and sophomore Cindy Oh tied for 68th (83-76-85-244).
UTSA won the tournament with a 901 score, followed by Texas State (906), Georgia Southern (911), Stephen F. Austin (917), UCA (919), North Texas and Boston College (925), North Dakota State (928), TUEP (938), Houston Baptist (942), Little Rock (943), Incarnate Word and Arkansas State (945), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (949), Boise State (953) and Xavier (960).