Walnut Ridge, Marmaduke claim WBU titles

WALNUT RIDGE — Saturday’s championship games in the Williams Baptist University high school basketball tournament were decided by a combined total of three points.

Top-seeded Walnut Ridge edged second-seeded Sloan-Hendrix 53-52 in the boys’ championship game when Ty Flippo made one of two free throws with 1.5 seconds left in the game.

Sloan-Hendrix (12-2) led 30-21 at halftime. Walnut Ridge (3-0) rallied to tie the game at 40 to end the third quarter.

Jayden Hollister scored 18 points to lead Walnut Ridge, followed by Maddox Jean and Kel Slusser with 10 each. Luke Murphy scored 13 points and Braden Cox added 12 for Sloan-Hendrix.

Second-seeded Marmaduke defeated top-seeded Tuckerman 55-53 in the girls’ final. Marmaduke led by five in the closing seconds before Tuckerman hit a 3-pointer to set the final score.

Heidi Robinson finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Marmaduke (12-0). Baylie Joiner added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Greyhounds.

Kenzie Soden scored 15 points and Gracie Smith finished with 11 for Tuckerman.

Flippo and Hollister represented Walnut Ridge on the boys’ all-tournament team, while Cox, Cade Grisham and Ethan Lee represented Sloan-Hendrix. Other all-tournament selections included Jason DeJournett, Mason Baltz and Eli Baltz of Pocahontas; Jackson Wolf and Spencer Honeycutt of Westside; Jayce Couch of Corning; and Easton Hatch of Riverside.

Robinson, Joiner, Bean Hoffman and Makenzie Hampton represented Marmaduke on the girls’ all-tournament team. Other selections included Soden, Shanley Williams and Ansley Dawson of Tuckerman; Jaecie Brown of Hoxie; Sloane Welch of Westside; Amanda Nelson of Maynard; Katelyn Graddy of Sloan-Hendrix; and Molly Emison of Hillcrest.

Arkansas State 95, Cent. Arkansas 82

JONESBORO (AP) — Norchad Omier and Desi Sills scored 19 points apiece as Arkansas State topped Central Arkansas 95-82 on Saturday.

Caleb Fields added 18 points for the Red Wolves. Fields also had six assists. Marquis Eaton had 12 points for Arkansas State (5-2).

Darious Hall scored a career-high 30 points and had nine rebounds for the Bears (1-8), whose losing streak reached five games. Vincent Reeves added 11 points.

Marked Tree 67, CRA 33

PARAGOULD — Itavious Nesbitt scored 24 points Friday night to lead Marked Tree to a 67-33 victory over Crowley’s Ridge Academy in 1A-3 senior boys’ basketball.

The Indians (4-1, 2-0 conference) led 23-20 after the first quarter, 39-27 at halftime and 61-31 after the third quarter.

Jesse Beliew scored 20 points to lead CRA.

Marked Tree won the junior boys’ game 53-12, led by Ladarius Brown with 18 points.

Marked Tree won the junior girls’ game 48-20. Ryan Gramling scored eight points for CRA.

Chickasaw Classic

BLYTHEVILLE — Blytheville, Paragould and Osceola all posted victories in senior boys’ basketball Thursday on the first day of the Chickasaw Classic.

Host Blytheville (4-1) pummeled Monticello 62-28. The teams were tied at 12 after the first quarter, but the Chickasaws outscored the Billies 17-2 in the second quarter for a 29-14 halftime lead and carried a 50-24 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Rashaud Marshall scored 16 points to lead Blytheville. Jeremiah Wells and Tyree Thurman added 10 and nine points, respectively.

Luke Jones scored 10 points for Monticello.

Paragould rolled to a 72-51 victory over Atkins.

Osceola routed Freedom Prep Academy of Memphis 68-38. Richard High scored 20 points to lead the Seminoles.

Jerry Long and Torian Bell both had a double-double for Osceola, as Long finished with 11 points and 11 assists while Bell scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Travis Cody added 10 points and four assists for Osceola.

GCT 52, West Memphis East 29

PARAGOULD — Greene County Tech routed West Memphis East 52-29 Thursday night in junior boys’ basketball.

GCT led 26-11 at halftime and 43-17 after the third quarter. Ripken Tucker scored 12 points, Parker Harris 11, and Jack Puckett nine to lead GCT.

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