Conway Christian and St. Joseph moved into the boys championship game of the 2A-4 East tournament with victories Friday night at Conway Christian’s gymnasium.
The Eagles defeated Western Yell County, 49-47, in overtime. The Bulldogs romped past Hector, 75-48.
Both teams advance to regional play next week at Magazine.
In the girls semifinal, Bigelow used a balanced attack to defeat, CCS, 70-55.
The Lady Eagles were led by Freshman Mary-Morgan Ellis with a game-high 25 points. “The kids did an outstanding job of executing the game plan,” said CCS coach Jeremy Carson. “We knew we had to take care of the ball against their press, and Mary-Morgan did a great job of attacking from the high post.”
Carly Powell added eight points and sophomore Lindsey Clay scored six.
The Lady Eagles will play either Magazine or Mountainburg at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the regional.
In an earlier semifinal game, the St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs used a 15-2 run in the first period to defeat the Lady Bulldogs of Quitman, 43-34.
St. Joseph was paced by Rachel Briggler with 14 points. Meagan Briggler added 12, while Taylor Womack chipped in 10 points. After being behind 27-14 at the half, Quitman cut the lead to 8 late in the third period. Rachel Briggler answered the run with a jumper to extend the lead back to double digits.
Justin Leon scored eight points in less than three minutes (including two from the perimeter) in the third quarter Friday night in helping the Wampus Cats (14-10, 5-7) to a 71-67 victory over Fort Smith Southside at Buzz Bolding Arena.
James Grubbs came off the bench to score 12 points, eight in the fourth quarter, to help the Cats preserve the victory.
Leon had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Tim Boyd had 22.
Southside won the girls game, 63-55.
Drew Jones scored 27 points for the Lady Rebels (19-6, 8-4). Enjonae Chambers led the Lady Cats (13-10, 3-9) with 22 points.
The Hendrix College men’s basketball team erased a four-point deficit in the final 34.2 seconds to defeat Centre College, 59-58, at Grove Gymnasium on Friday.
The Warriors improve to 8-16 overall and 3-10 in Southern Athletic Association play and are tied with Millsaps for the sixth seed at next week’s SAA Tournament with one game to play. The Colonels fell to 17-5 overall and 10-3 and are in second place.
Centre’s Chris Taylor made a pair of free throws with 34.2 seconds left to put the Colonels up 58-54. Luke Vance converted a three-point play with 22.2 seconds remaining to cut the lead to one. After a Centre turned the ball over trying to inbound it on Hendrix’s end, Colton Primm posted up and scored inside with 12.9 seconds to give the Warriors the go-ahead basket. Taylor’s drive to the basket fell short with Warrior guard Drew Nikolovski pulling down the rebound and fouled. The Colonels rebounded Nikolovski’s missed free throw, but a desperation three from halfcourt at the buzzer was off the mark.
Jaren Riley led Hendrix with 17 points, four rebounds and two steals. Primm finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists and Vance had 10 points, a block and a steal.
Seniors Riley and Drayton Sheridan will be honored at the Warriors’ regular-season finale against Sewanee at 3 p.m. Sunday.
In the women’s game, Centre (13-10) ended a two-game winning streak by the Warriors (3-21, 3-10) with a 78-56 victory.
With one regular-season game left, the Warriors are tied with Oglethorpe for the sixth seed at next weekend’s Southern Athletic Association Tournament.
The Warriors were led by Jamie Tate who had 13 points and 11 rebounds for her 14th double-double of the year. Katie Coughran added 10 points and two assists. Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler was held to seven points and four assists and Kaitlin McNeill came off the bench for six points and five boards.
The Warriors will wrap up the regular-season against Sewanee at 1 p.m Sunday
LITTLE ROCK — Jessieville made the best use of time- and foul-management Friday in defeating the Mayflowr boys, 46-45, Friday in the semifinals of the 3A-5 tournament at Episcopal Collegiate.
Chase Anderson scored for the Lions with 25 seconds left. Jessievile, with two fouls to give in the final 10.2 seconds, used them to take seven seconds off the clock and prevent the Eagles (16-6) from a quality possession for a potential winning shot. The game ended with Ross Gray missing an off-balance 25-footer.
J.P. Perry led Mayflower with 18 points and Dane Richardson added 10.
The Eagles will play Riverview at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the regional tournament.
VILONIA — McKenzie Morris scored 15 points to lead Vilonia’s Lady Eagles (22-3, 10-2) to a 51-20 romp over Alma.
The Lady Eagles jumped to a 20-7 first-quarter lead and were never challengedThe Alma girls fell to 7-18, 2-10 in conference.
Ashlyn Hightower added 13 points for the Lady Eagles.
In the boys game, Alma hit 14 3-pointers and got 28 points from Brock Widdens in a 78-44 victory. Aaron Newell had 10 points for the Eagles (7-18, 1-11).
Davian Harris and Daniel Matthews combined for 32 points Fridya in leading Shiloh Christian to a 49-30 victory over Greenbrier in boys basketball.
Kyle Cain led Greenbrier with 11 points.