The Central Arkansas Sugar Bears (23-3, 12-2) closed out the road half of their 2017 schedule on Thursday evening at Houston with a 21-17 25-21, 25-16 victory over Houston Baptist. (17-9, 8-5).

Elizabeth Armstrong passed out 31 assists to lead a UCA attack that got 11 kills from Samantha Anderson,

The Sugar Bears, who are currently tied with Stephen F. Austin atop the Southland Conference standings, return home for their final two matches of the regular season next week.

5A state cross country

Vilonia’s girls finished second Friday in the 5A state cross country meet at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs wih 101 points behind Little Rock Christian’s 45. Brynn Westby was second overall in 20:43.1.

Other finishers for the Lady Eagles were: Laci McKay, 20th, Caroline Wagner, 25th and Emma Black, 26th.

Rachel Barnhardt finished ninth for Greenbrier.

Vilonia, 87 points, finished third and Greenbrier, 122, fourth in the boys division. Maumelle won with 47 points.

Dominic Ward was second overall for the Panthers. Ian Kelly was third.

Top finishers for Vilonia were: JD Ott, seventh; Ethan Janski, 13th; Kent Luck, 18th; and Brody Johnson, 24th.

7A state cross country

Also at Oaklawn Park, the Conway girls finished fourth in the 7A division wtih 151 points. Fayetteville won the title with 37 points.

Top finishes for Conway were: Sara Holman, 20th; Sara Freyaldenhoven, 25th; Avery Tribett, 29th and Sara Grace Meek, 34th.

The CHS boys finished eighth with 238 points. Bentonville won with 35 points.

Top finishers for the Cats were: Garrett Pendergrat, 40th; Ethan Kailey, 46th; John Sutton, 48th; Gunter Campbell, 50th; and Cade Campbell, 53rd.

St. Joseph basketball

At Sherwood on Thursday, St. Joseph senior boys defeated Abundant Life, 59-40, in basketball

Spencer Pope scored 21 points and Triple Williams added 16 and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs won, 38-20. Brooklyn Kordsmeir had 17 points, four assists and three recoveries. Piper Mullaney added 15. Brianna Wells had 10 rebounds.

St. Joseph won the junior girls game, 35-19. Lilly Hill led with 18 points and seven rebounds.

In junior boys, the Bulldogs won, 52-1.. Luke Bruich had 12 points and Collin Coney, nine. Gage Kordsmeier added five rebounds.

CBC basketball

Central Baptist College’s women opened their basketball season with a 83-66 victory over Randall University at Reddin Fieldhouse.

Holly Allen led all scorers with 16 points. Cali Lankford, Kory Westerman and Kendra Cummins added 10.

CBC volleyball

Columbia College (30-5, 10-1) surged past CBC volleyball team (11-19, 3-8), 25-11, 25-14, 25-15, Thursday at Columbia, Mo.

Kelsy Knox led the Mustangs with six kills. Hope Johnson cracked double-digits in assists with 13 while Lenee Gibson led the defense with seven digs.