Boys’ Basketball

Rector 65, Ridgefield Christian 63

JONESBORO — Rector edged Ridgefield Christian 65-63 in overtime Friday night in senior boys’ basketball.

The Cougars led much of the night, including 20-13 after the first quarter, 31-24 at halftime and 43-32 at the end of the third quarter. The Warriors (12-6) rallied to tie the game at 59 to end regulation, with freshman Doss McDaniel sinking a game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime.

Kameron Jones scored 28 points and Cooper Rabjohn added 18 for Rector. Garrett Finnicum led Ridgefield Christian with 35 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter and overtime combined. Noah Stracener added 12 points.

Thursday night, Ridgefield Christian routed West Side Greers Ferry, the third-ranked team in Class 1A, 68-52.

Finnicum scored 32 points to lead the Warriors to the road victory. Stracener added 14 points, while Isaiah Ellenburg finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Malachi Miller scored 21 points and Travis Gentry added 15 for West Side Greers Ferry.

Ridgefield opened a 20-10 lead in the first quarter, then led 36-21 at halftime after Will Archer’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The Warriors held a 51-36 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Manila 74, Piggott 23

MANILA — Manila kept its 3A-3 conference record perfect Friday night with a 74-23 rout of Piggott in senior boys’ basketball.

Ty Wagner scored 25 points to lead the Lions, followed by Jake Baltimore with 13 and Brayden Nunnally with 10. Manila (10-3, 5-0 conference) led 39-13 at halftime and 64-18 after the third quarter.

Manila won the junior high game 49-15, led by Luke Kirk with 18 points and Rex Farmer with 15.

BIC 72, EPC 62

MONETTE — Jaron Burrow and Jesse Kinard combined for 50 points Thursday night as Buffalo Island Central defeated East Poinsett County 72-62 in 2A-3 senior boys’ basketball.

Burrow made six 3-point shots on the way to 28 points. Kinard added 22 points for the Mustangs (8-8, 4-2 conference).

Dawson Stewart finished with 10 points for BIC, which led 22-14 after the first quarter, 36-23 at halftime and 51-43 after three quarters.

Larrie Bell III scored 22 points to lead EPC, followed by Deuce Moore and Preston Raines with 11 each.

BIC (11-3, 5-0 conference) won the junior boys’ game 48-41 as Nicholas Patterson scored 22 points. Cooper Argo led EPC with 10 points.

CRA 57, Hillcrest 48

PARAGOULD — Will Layne scored 55 points over two nights to lead Crowley’s Ridge Academy to its first senior boys’ victories of the season.

Layne scored 29 points Friday night to lead the Falcons to a 57-48 victory over 1A-3 conference foe Hillcrest. Jace Elms added 13 points for CRA (2-6, 2-2 conference).

The Falcons opened a 29-16 halftime lead by outscoring the Screamin’ Eagles 17-10 in the second quarter. Hillcrest pulled within 39-35 at the end of the third quarter.

Caleb James led Hillcrest with 23 points.

Thursday night, Layne scored 26 points as CRA won 65-60 at Armorel in another 1A-3 contest. Elms and Kayden Trout added 12 points each for the Falcons (1-6, 1-3 conference).

Friday night, Hillcrest edged CRA 27-23 in overtime in junior boys’ basketball, dropping the Junior Falcons to 3-1 in the conference. Jesse Beliew scored 11 points for CRA.

Piggott 67, Sloan-Hendrix 59

IMBODEN — Shawn-Hudson Seegraves scored 25 points Thursday night to lead Piggott to a 67-59 victory over Sloan-Hendrix in senior boys’ basketball.

Logan Ralph added 13 points for the Mohawks. Braden Cox scored 20 points and Ethan Lee added 12 for Sloan-Hendrix.

MacArthur 51, Paragould 26

PARAGOULD — Kelen Smith scored 24 points Thursday as MacArthur rolled past Paragould 51-26 in junior boys’ basketball.

Kenyan Carter added 12 points for the Cyclones (7-3).

Girls’ Basketball

Jonesboro 43, GCT 38

PARAGOULD — Sophomore Bramyia Johnson scored six of her game-high 16 points in a key fourth-quarter run Friday night to power Jonesboro to a 43-38 victory over Greene County Tech in 5A-East senior girls’ basketball.

Jonesboro (10-3, 2-1 conference) led 32-30 going into the fourth quarter. Johnson sank a 3-pointer in the first minute of the period to start an 8-0 surge for the Lady Hurricane.

Lakiya Scott scored in transition and Johnson converted a three-point play with 5:53 remaining in the game, giving Jonesboro a 40-30 lead. The Lady Hurricane kept the Lady Eagles off the scoreboard for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and held on down the stretch.

Destiny Thomas added nine points for the Lady Hurricane while Scott added seven. Jonesboro enjoyed a fast start, leading 13-8 after the first quarter, but GCT pulled into a 23-23 tie at halftime.

Kylie Stokes scored 14 points to lead GCT. Carleigh Hollis and Haylee Russell added seven each.

Des Arc 55, Marmaduke 48

DES ARC — Marmaduke endured a cold shooting night Friday as Des Arc claimed a 55-48 victory in senior girls’ basketball.

The Lady Greyhounds (16-4) were 3-of-26 from the 3-point line and 8-of-18 from the free throw line. Heidi Robinson scored 26 points to lead Marmaduke and Carolina Hoffman added 10.

Marmaduke earned two victories earlier in the week, winning 70-48 Thursday night at Mammoth Spring and 63-24 against Bay at home Monday night.

Robinson finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds in the victory over Mammoth Spring, with Hoffman adding 22 points. Hoffman scored 16 points, Robinson 13 and Chancey Henry 11 in the victory over Bay.

Marmaduke’s junior high team also defeated Bay, improving to 14-4 on the season.

Manila 50, Piggott 29

MANILA — Sadie McDonald scored 24 points Friday night to lead Manila to a 50-29 victory over Piggott in 3A-3 senior girls’ basketball.

Madison Hitchcock added 15 points and seven assists for the Lady Lions (11-2, 4-2 conference). Manila led 13-9 after the first quarter, 24-13 at halftime and 43-21 after the third quarter.

Kaylee Edwards led Piggott with eight points.

Manila won the junior girls’ game 33-30, led by Madysen Deeds with 12 points and Chloe Helms with nine. Emma Tarno scored 15 points for Piggott.

MacArthur 31, Paragould 20

PARAGOULD — MacArthur pulled away from a halftime tie Thursday to defeat Paragould 31-20 in junior girls’ basketball.

Eljanae Daniels had scored 14 points to lead MacArthur, which outscored Paragould 9-1 in the third quarter to take a 19-11 lead.

Diamond Edwards added seven points as seven different players scored for the Lady Cyclones (5-3, 1-1).

MacArthur won the seventh-grade game 41-16.

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