Conway's Lady Cats got big plays from Myia Yelder and Asiyha Smith on Saturday in making 7A state championship reservations.

The Lady Cats (30-3) expanded a five-point lead to 11 in the third quarter then held off a Fort Smith Northside comeback a 54-43 victory in the semifinals at North Little Rock.

Yelder and Smith hit free throws down the stretch and Cardrina Nolen some key rebounds to help the Lady Cats pull away after the Lady Bears pulled within four.

Conway will play North Little Rock, which defeated Central, 64-35, in the other semifinal, for the state title at Hot Springs.


Mount Vernon Enola's girls, nursing a three- to four-point lead, hit free throws down the stretch Saturday for a 65-53 victory over Kirby in the Class 1A semifinals at Morrilton.

The Lady Warhawks have clinched a spot in the state championship game this weekend at Hot Springs.

The Warhawks, trying to make it a double, fell just short, losing to Izard County Consolidated, 52-48.

MV-Enola overcame a four-point halftime deficit to take a lead in the third quarter.

Izard County rallied in the fourth quarter to take a 47-45 lead and made four free throws in the final minute to preserve the victory.


At Morrilton, Guy-Perkins' boys (35-8) assured coach John Hutchcraft of another game Friday with a 62-58 victory with a 62-58 victory over Armorel (20-18) in the Class 1A quarterfinals.

Carson Petrocelli, who scored 20 points, hit a free throw with 7.9 seconds left to give the Thunderbirds a cushion in a back-and-forth game.

Tre Minton added 17 points, Wyatt Spires had 14 and Brooks Tipton added 11.

The Thunderbrids played Western Grove in a late game Saturday night for a berth in the state finals at Hot Springs.

CBC men

Harris-Stowe (22-10) shot 68 percent in the second half Friday night for an 87-73 victory over Central Baptist College in the American Midwest Conference semifinal at Reddin Fieldhouse.

Victor Dukes paced CBC with his ninth double-double of the season, scoring 26 points and

grabbing 15 rebounds. TeShawn Sims and Ashford Golden joined Dukes in double figures with

12 and 11 points respectively. Nate Rigmaiden and Deandre Clark, combined for 54 points, for the Hornets.

CBC, ranked Noo. 22, will now wait to find out if they will be selected for an at-large berth in the NAIA national tournament. The selection show will air on Wednesday, March 7 on the NAIA Facebook page.