Mayflower’s J.P. Perry had a career game Friday night in leading the Eagles into the 3A-2 Region Championship with a 68-46 romp over defending state champion Harding Academy at Benton Harmony Grove in Haskell.
Perry, a junior point guard, scored 28 points and added 10 rebounds with six assists and four steals.
The Eagles (23-6) put the game away with a 17-2 run in the third quarter.
Lloyd Lasker had 13 points for the Eagles. Hayden Long had 11 and Drew Duncan had 10.
At Greenwood, Conway’s girls (23-5, 11-3) closed the regular season with a 77-72 victory over Greenwood (19-6, 10-4), completing a 7-0 run in the last half of the season.
Guards Jordan Danberry and Alexis Tolefree each scored 20 points for Conway. Danberry finished with 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Hailey Estes followed with 14 points, Asia Willard added 12 and Christin Rogers had 10 points.
The Lady Cats connected on 11 3-pointers, five of them in the first half and six in the second half.
"It was a great team effort," said coach Ashley Nance. "I couldn’t be more proud of our team to come out and compete on the road. Greenwood is one of the best teams in the state and any time you can win at their place, it’s a huge accomplishment."
The Wampus Cats (15-9, 7-7) won 64-49.
Jaylen Jones hit all eight field goals and four 3-pointers on the way to 20 points. A.J Burton added 18 points and Trenton Walder 11, including three 3-pointers.
Demarian Johnson had seven points and three assists, and Tyler Smith had six rebounds.
It appears both Conway teams secured No. 4 seeds for the state tournament and will play back-to-back Wednesday night at Buzz Bolding Arena. The girls will take on Rogers at 7 p.m., and the boys will play Fayetteville about 8:30 p.m.
In the 2A West semifinals at Eureka Springs, St. Joseph’s boys surged into the championship game with a 54-46 victory over Union Christian.
Drake Cooper had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs. Nash Nichols and Taylor Schrekenhofer added 10 points each. Dillon Schrekenhofer had eight rebounds and Williams Fields five points.
Johnson County Westside defeated the St. Joseph girls, 48-43.
Madeline Moix led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points. Meagan Briggler had nine points and five assists. Rachel Briggler had six points and five steals. Anna Mayor added 11 rebounds.
"We just got off to a slow start tonight," said coach Chris Kordsmeier. "We had our chances late, but just couldn’t convert our opportunities. We played our hearts out and I was proud of our effort. Now it is time to get ready for the state tournament."
In Springdale, the Vilonia girls (25-3, 13-1) won their 11th-straight game with a 57-36 victory over Shiloh Christian.
The Lady Eagles had already gained a top seed in this week’s 5A state tournament at Alma and will play at 1 p.m Tuesday. McKenzie Morris scored 21 points to lead the Lady Eagles. Hannah Schnebelen added 10.