With the 57-38 victory over Clarksville on Tuesday, the Vilonia Lady Eagles (15-3, 3-1) moved into a first-place tie in 5A West with Huntsville and Harrison.

Cassidy McNespey came off the bench to hit four of four 3-point shots to spark a 22-7 surge in the third quarter for the Lady Eagles.

McNespey led the Lady Eagles in scoring with 17 points. She made her one two-point attempt and was three of four from the foul line. Mckenzie Morris was five of five from the field from the field and one of one from the line to finish with 11 points with four rebounds.

Point guard Audrey Moran added 10 points and three assists to give Vilonia three double figure scorers for the night. Sydney Wader followed with eight points and a game-high six rebounds.

The Lady Eagles had their best shooting night of the season with 15 of 22 from two-point range and seven-of-13 from 3.

Vilonia will host Alma on Friday night staring with a junior varsity boys game at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity girls and boys.


Faulkner Falcon homeschool basketball teams recorded several victories in several divisions in recent games.

18 and under

The Falcons defeated the Northeast Arkansas Eagles in Paragould, 36-34, on two free throws by Evan Woodfin in the final seconds. Daniel McNair had 17 points and Mark Baker, eight. Blake Murphy had 3 points while Evan Woodfin, Chris Benson, and Alex Rieth each had two points.

In the Gospel Light Tournament in Hot Springs, the Falcons defeated Grace Christian Academy from Flower Mound, Texas, 26-16. The Falcons were led by McNair with 12 points and Woodfin with eight. Other scorers were Baker, Colton Ferrell, and Rieth each with two points.

In defeating the Northwest Arkansas Hornets, 34-32, for the second time this year, McNair scored 20 points and had seven rebounds. Murphy, Rieth, and Benson added four each while Ferrell scored two points with seven rebounds. Baker had four steals and three assists and Parrish had three rebounds.

Earlier, the Falcons defeated the Hornets, 66-64, on a last-second shot. Murphy led the Falcons with 24 points, including eight 3-pointers. McNair added 15 points and 10 rebounds, Ferrell and Baker had eight each and Timothy Simsa added two. Griffin and Woodfin had 8 points had two.

16 and under

The Falcons defeated Arkansas Christian Academy, 48-13. Chris Benson, Evan Woodfin, and Aaron Griffin (nine rebounds), each had 10 points. Josh Baker had six points and Alex Rieth and Greg Pharr added four each. Max Hippensteel and Stephen McNair scored two. Evan Woodfin had six steals.

16U Faulkner Falcons Basketball vs Faith Christian Academy

In a 47-26 victory over Faith Christian Academy, the statistical leaders were: Rieth, 10 points, six rebounds, and Daniel Parrish, eight. Woodfin and Josh Baker each had six points and McNair and Hippensteel, added four. Gabe Stanton had three points and six rebounds and Benson, Pharr and Crockett each scored score points.

16U Faulkner Falcons Basketball vs North East Arkansas Eagles

The Falcons defeated the North East Arkansas Eagles , 42-27. Parrish had 12 points and Rieth 11. Woodfin added six and Chris Benson , four. McNair had three points and Crockett, Stanton and Baker added two each.

The 16U Faulkner County Falcons boys’ basketball team traveled to Hot Springs to defeat CMA, 33-20. The Falcons were led by Sophomores Chris Benson (14 points) and Alex Rieth (12 points). Greg Pharr added 4 points and Daniel Parrish had three.

In a 33-20 victory over CMA in Hot Sorings, Benson had 14 points, Rieth 12, Pharr, four, and Parrish, three.

The Falcons downed Pine Bluff, 51-37. Woodfin led with 13 points, four rebounds and two steals. Other scorers were Stanton, eight, six rebounds, Rieth, seven, and Griffin, five. Parrish and Benson each had four points while McNair (five rebounds). Crockett, Baker, Pharr, and Drew Brewer each had two points.

12 and under

The 12U Falcons defeated the North East Arkansas Eagles, 21-18. Andrew Griffin led with 10 points and four rebounds. Joel Keith Payne had seven points, four rebounds and Carter McKissack and Eli Stanton each had two points and four rebounds a piece. William Crockett and Joey Crolius each had an assist.

In a 25-12 victory over the Conway Bears, Griffin had eight points, five rebounds, and three assists. Other leaders were: Crockett, six points, two rebounds and one assist; Stanton, four points, six rebounds; Grant McKissack, three points; Carter McKissack and Joel Keith Payne, two points.