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Freshman guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler tied the school record with eight 3-pointers made and the Warriors tied the mark with 14 as the Hendrix College women’s basketball team defeated Oglethorpe University, 78-73, in Southern Athletic Association action on Cliff Garrison Court at Grove Gymnasium.
Kriesel-Bigler, from Austin, Texas, went 8-of-14 from outside, tying Casey Collins’ mark set against University of the Ozarks on Jan. 6, 1996.
The Warriors (2-20, 2-9) shot 58.3 percent (14-of-24), the third-best percentage in school history. The 14 3’s ties the school record set against Millsaps on Jan. 16, 2000.
The Warriors built a 73-63 lead over the Lady Petrels (5-17, 3-8) with 3:37 remaining on Kriesel-Bigler’s record-tying trey. OU fought back to cut the lead to 75-73 with 1:28 to play. Hendrix put the game away on a pair of free throws by junior forward Katie Coughran and a free throw from freshman forward Katy Gallien in the final 19 seconds of the game.
The Warriors put up their best shooting effort of the year, hitting 45.8 percent (27-of-59) of their shots. They also went 10-of-15 at the free throw line.
Kriesel-Bigler netted a season-high 29 points to go with five assists and three steals. Junior center Jamie Tate scored 12 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the year. Katy Gallien finished with seven points and a season-best 10 assists. Katie Coughran added 10 points and eight rebounds, and guards Kati Broberg and Estrella Flores each went 3-for-5 from 3-point range, scoring nine points apiece.
MEN: Oglethorpe won the men’s game, 63-60.
The Warriors (7-15, 2-9) took a 50-45 lead after a layup from freshman guard Jordan Barrett with 9:01 left to play. The Stormy Petrels (15-7, 7-4) flipped the lead with a 14-4 run, going up 59-54 with five minutes remaining. After a pair of free throws by Colton Primm and basket by Luke Vance, Hendrix cut the lead to one at the 3:28 mark. OU’s Christian Molinet extended the lead to 61-58 with a jumper, but Primm scored inside on a pass from Vance to make the score 61-60 with 2:25 to play. Molinet added another bucket 23 seconds later to give the Petrels a 63-60 lead.
The Warriors missed two shots on their next possession, giving Oglethorpe the ball back with 1:07 left. The Petrels turned the ball over with 30 seconds left after a shot clock violation. Hendrix took a pair of timeouts, with the final one coming with 11.8 seconds left. OU’s defensive pressure held firm, with Hendrix’ only chance a heavily guarded 3-point attempt by senior Jaren Riley as time ran out.
Primm led the Warriors with 15 points and 10 rebounds, eight of which were on the offensive end. Vance added 11 points and seven rebounds, and freshman guard Drew Nikolovski scored 11 points, all in the first half.
Hendrix teams will host Berry College on Sunday in games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Grove Gymnasium.
HUNTSVILLE —Huntsville handed the Vilonia girls their second straight defeat and took over sole possession of first place in 5A West with a 38-36 overtime victory over the Lady Eagles on Friday night.
Hunstville upped its record to 19-4, 9-1. Vilonia, which lost Tuesday night to Morrilton, fell into a tie with the Lady Devil Dogs at 8-2 in the conference.
Ashlyn Hightower led the Lady Eagles with 12 points.
Huntsville (15-6, 5-5) won the boys game, 52-45.
Aaron Newell led the Eagles (7-16, 1-9) with 14 points.
FORT SMITH — Getting a wakeup call in the fourth quarter, Fort Smith Northside used a 17-4 run in the final period to race to an 81-62 victory over Conway in girls basketball Friday night.
The Lady Cats (13-9, 3-7) never led in the game but came within a possession of taking the lead six times.
Northside upped its record to 21-3 and 8-2 in 7A/6A Central.
Kianna Speight led the Lady Cats with 24 points. Enjonae Chambers added 15 and Jordan Danberry 11.
A 3-pointer by Tim Boyd, who scored 17 points, pulled the Cats within one with 25 seconds left but the Grizzlies closed the game with free-throw shooting in a 58-52 victory in boys basketball.
Boyd was the only player in double figures for the Cats, who fell to 13-9, 4-6.
FOUNTAIN LAKE — Mayflower’s boys used an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter Friday on the way to a 51-47 victory over Fountain Lake.
Drew Duncan led the Eagles (15-5, 10-4) with 16 points, including sparking the late run with a 3-pointer with 2:30 left.
Dane Richardson added 13 points for the Eagles and J.P. Perry had 10.
Fountain Lake fell to 10-10, 8-6.
Fountain Lake won the girls game, 32-26, closing the game with a 12-2 run.
Mayflower teams will play in the district tournament this week at Episcopal Collegiate in Little Rock.
HELENA — Hayden Long scored 20 points in leading Guy-Perkins boys (20-12, 11-5) to a 71-57 victory Friday over Kipp Delta.
Dustin and Justin Tims added 17 for the Thunderbirds. Tim Campbell had 10 points.
(Hendrix Sports Information added to this report)