The 61-41 romp by the St. Joseph girls over Marshall on Tuesday night represented a milestone for Lady Bulldog coach Chris Kordsmeier at the St. Joseph Family Activity Center.
It was his 600th victory as coach at St. Joseph.
He is a 1981 graduate of St. Joseph and began coaching at the school in 1991. During his tenure his teams have won one state title and have been runnerups four times.
Kordsmeier praised the team after a slow start.
"The bench players really came in and gave us a big lift," he said. "This is a good thing to have — depth on your team. We shot the ball well after a slow start. We still need to keep improving."
Anna Mayor and Monica Davanzo had 13 points each for the Lady Bulldogs (6-0). Maddy Shamburger added 10 points. Meagan Briggler had seven and Madeline Moix, seven points and four steals. Caroline Dail had six rebounds and Taylor Womack, six rebounds and three assists. Rachel Briggler had six assists and six steals.
The Bulldogs (6-1) won, 69-51.
Dylan Schrekenhofer had 18 points and five rebounds while Drake Cooper had 16 and seven rebounds. Landon Enderlin had 15 points and five assists. Other leaders were: Nash Nichols, six points, four steals; Taylor Schrekenhofer, six points, three steals; William Fields, six points, three assists; Cole Schaefers, four rebounds.
"It was a hard-fought game," said coach Brent Bruich. "We had a great start on both ends of the floor. Our ball movement was the best it has been all year. I was pleased because we beat a quality opponent, and we got a lot better in the process. We can’t be satisfied; we’ve got to continue to work and get better like they have been doing the last week."
Blake Young’s two free throws with eight seconds left after he rebounded a miss by Conway’s James Grubbs sealed Fayetteville’s 43-39 victory over the Wampus Cats in the season opener at Buzz Bolding Arena.
The game featured 10 lead changes and three ties in the second half. The Bulldogs’ Payton Williams broke the last tie with a driving basket with 90 seconds left to put Fayettevlle up, 41-39
Javontae Ellis and john Nekonchuck each had 11 points to lead the Cats.
In the girls game, the Lady Cats opened with a 65-39 romp.
Conway took command of the game by outscored the Lady Bulldogs, 16-4, in the second quarter.
Jordan Danberry scored 23 points for Conway. Christin Rogers added 18 and Alexis Tolefree 10.
"It was good to get the first game under our belt," said coach Ashley Nance. "We saw a lot of things we need to practice on but we also saw some things we are proud of. I was pleased with our effort tonight."
GREENBRIER — Greenbrier rallied from a 21-16 halftime deficit Tuesday on the way to a 38-31 victory in girls basketball.
Alexis Hogan led the Lady Panthers (2-0) with 13 points. Autumn Russell had nine and Kenzie Batterton six.
Brooklyn Freeling and Kory Westerman each had five.
BIGELOW — Mayflower’s girls opened their basketball season with a 50-12 victory over Bigelow on Tuesday night.
Leading the Lady Eagles was Casey Murphy with 11 points.
LonJanae Wyatt scored 10 points, Jessica Webb had eight points, Tierra Lasker had seven points, Raegan Bartlett had six points and Emily Hampton had five points.
The Lady Eagles beat Pangburn Monday night in the semifinals of the Quitman junior tournament, 58-23.
Tori Lasker had 19 points, PJ Taylor had 10 points, and Ali York had eight points.
Mayflower will play in the finals Thursday at 6 p.m.
BRYANT — The boys Conway White team reached the consolation final of the Bryant junior tournament going 1-1 this week.
The Kittens lost to Benton, 37-34. Marquise Pleasant led with 13 points. Jalen Graham added eight and Darrian Johnson, six.
The Kittens then turned around and defeated Lake Hamilton by the same score. Junior Williams had 12 points and Jalen Graham nine.
The Kittens will play Hot Springs in the consolation final at 5 p.m. Thursday.
RUTH DOYLE 7TH GIRLS
The Ruth Doyle Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball team opened up its season with a 43-38 win against Russellville West on Tuesday night.
Reagan Roetzel led all scorers with 19 points for Ruth Doyle, while Asiyha Smith had 18, Tamia Wiseman had four. Kindreona Black scored 2 points.
Courtney Rhoades, Ali Cargile, Kaleah Tyler, and Chloe Anderson all contributed two points each in the B game loss.