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Faulkner basketball roundup: Hendrix sweeps Birmingham-Southern; Greenbrier girls upset Huntsville

Vilonia girls take over 5A West lead and Faulkner Falcons

Posted: February 8, 2014 - 8:16pm

Hendrix College’s men avenged a 33-point loss to Birmingham-Southern two weeks ago with a 77-72 victory Friday night at Grove Gymnasium.

The first half saw five ties and 10 lead changes with Hendrix (9-11, 3-6) leading 38-37 at the break. The Warriors shot a blazing 68 percent (17-of-25) from the floor in the opening period.

The second half was more of the same early with six more ties and 10 lead changes. Hendrix used a 15-3 run to go up 68-63 with 3:24 remaining. A 3-pointer by Larry Thomas with 46 seconds left cut BSC’s deficit to 74-72, but sophomore guard Jordan Barrett sunk a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left and sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski made one with seven seconds on the clock to secure the win for the Warriors.

The Panthers fell to 12-7, 6-3.

Vance led Hendrix with a career-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting, to go with eight rebounds. Senior forward Colton Primm, who was honored before the game, recorded 18 points, six rebounds and tied the school record with five blocked shots. Barrett finished with 14 points.

Hendrix also won the women’s game, 77-69.

The Hendrix College women’s basketball team defeated Birmingham-Southern College 77-69 in Southern Athletic The Warriors (9-11, 3-6) led most of the first half and took a 41-37 lead into the break. The Panthers (9-11, 5-4) closed the deficit to 60-59 with 6:38 left to play, but Hendrix answered with 13-5 run over the next five-plus minutes to go up 73-64 with 1:12 remaining and control the game.

Sophomore point guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler led the Warriors with 17 points, going four-of-six from 3-point range territory, and five assists. Senior center Jamie Tate recorded 10 points, 16 rebounds and four assists and freshman guard Taylor Neal had 16 points and a pair of blocks. Freshman forward Anna King came off the bench for 13 points and sophomore forward Katy Gallien scored nine. Senior forward Katie Cougrhan chipped in eight points and senior forward Kaitlin McNeill had two points, six rebounds, three assists and block.

Before the game, Hendrix honored its three seniors, Tate, Coughran and McNeill.

The Warriors play their final home games of the season Sunday afternoon against Millsaps.

GREENBRIER GIRLS

GREENBRIER — Greenbrier’s girls edged Huntsville, 29-28, in basketball Friday night.

The Lady Panthers (11-10, 4-4) were led gy Ali Skudlark with 10 points. Kenzie Batterton had seven and Shelby Shawn and Kory Westerman, four each.

The Huntsville loss, coupled with a Vilonia victory over Harrison, gave the Lady Eagles sole possession of first place in 5A West.

VILONIA GIRLS

VILONIA — Vilonia took over first place in the girls race in 5A-West on Friday with a hard-fought, 48-44 victory over Harrison.

After the Lady Goblins scored the first seven points, Vilonia (19-3, 7-1) took a 24-16 lead at the half. the Lady Goblins started the third quarter with a 6-0 run before Vilonia regained its composure and maintaineda 35-29 lead after three quarters. The Lady Eagles pushed the lead to nine in the fourth quarter, before holding off a late run by Harrison.

Audrey Moran led the way for Vilonia with 17 points followed by Cassidy McNespey with 10 points and three assists. Sydney Wader added nine points and 10 rebounds.

Vilonia travels to Morrilton on Tuesday night.

FAULKNER FALCONS

The 18-and-under Faulkner County Falcons homeschool boys’ basketball team recently defeated the Fort Smith Patriots, 48-41.

The Falcons were led by sophomores Aaron Griffin (16) and Evan Woodfin (15). Griffin also added five assists. Daniel McNair had 11 points and six rebounds while Blake Murphy added six points.

The Falcons have a short break before returning to the court for the state tournament, Thursday through Saturday at the McGee Center.

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