VAN BUREN — Van Buren’s Hooper Vint was against a thorn for Conway as the Pointers clinched at least a tie for the 7A-Central Conference title with a 58-40 victory over the Wampus Cats on Friday night, their second of the year against the defending 7A state champions.
Vint, a 6-foot-11 senior, matched the 29 points in scored against the Cats (18-6, 9-3) at Conway. The Pointers (17-7, 11-1) will now likely have a No. 1 seed as it shifts into 6A for the state playoffs.
The Pointers led 31-19 at halftime and Conway never made a significant run the second half. Tim Boyd led the Cats with 14 points and Micah Delph added 10.
The Conway girls had little trouble in a 57-49 victory.
Taylor Gault led the Lady Cats (19-5, 7-5) with 16 points. Enjonae Chambers and Alexis Clardy added 13, and Madison Foster had 10.
The Conway teams host Russellville on Senior Night on Tuesday.
MALVERN — The St. Joseph teams suffered defeats to England on Friday night in the semifinals of the 5-2A North Conference tournament at Magnet Cove High School.
The St. Joseph boys dropped a 44-41 decision in overtime after not having played a game in a couple of weeks. The teams were tied at 35 at the end of regulation before England went on for the win.
"It was a hard-fought game," said Brent Bruich, whose Bulldogs (19-8) will face Hughes at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the regional tournament. "We were out of rhythm most of the night. Not playing a game in two weeks had something to do with that, and Englad had something to do with it as well."
Andrew Beck led with 12 points. Tyler Jones added 10 points, while Matt Snider and Grant Smith had eight points each and grabbed nine and six rebounds, respectively.
The Lady Bulldogs fell 51-43 in what ended up being a closely contested game for much of the way.
"We played very well and hung in there with one of the best teams in the state," said Chris Kordsmeier, whose Lady Bulldogs will face Hazen at 4 p.m. Wednesday for their regional game. "We had great effort and had several chances to come out on top."
Heather Dail led the Lady Bulldogs (15-14) with 13 points. Amy Schichtl added 12 points and five assists, while Heather Dail finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
GREENBRIER — Greenbrier’s Lady Panthers put forth a stirring effort Friday but fell short in double overtime in a 63-58 loss to Greenwood to put their hopes of landing a state 5A playoff berth in serious jeopardy.
The Lady Panthers (12-14, 5-6) led by five with 18 seconds left in regulation but Greenwood rallied and Lundon Williams hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to tie the score. Greenwood (18-8, 10-2) then used strong free-throw shooting to pull away in the second overtime.
Cecily New led Greenbrier with 19 points. Aundrea Hardin added 12.
In the boys game, Neal Burcahm scored 32 points to lead Greenbrier to a 63-52 victory. The host Panthers (11-12, 3-8) took command with an 16-4 run early in the second half. Greenwood fell to 11-12, 5-7).
The Vilonia girls had little trouble Saturday in a 58-35 win over Huntsville in 5A-West Conference action.
The Lady Eagles (22-4, 10-2) have kept pace with Greendwood in the conference race.
Catherine Puckett led the way with 19 points. Betsy Bartlett added 13.
Friday, the Lady Eagles coasted to a 60-31 victory over Alma behind 23 points from Puckett. Bartlett added 13 points.
The Airedales won the boys game, 75-49.
VILONIA JUNIOR BOYS
Saturday, the Vilonia Junior High Eagles defeated Russellville West, 40-37, in boys ninth-grade basketball.
The Junior Eagles started out the game cold and trailed 8-5 after the first quarter. Jacob Greer’s two 3-pointers helped to trim and early deficit and pull Vilonia within one at the half. Greer hit two more 3s the third quarter as the Eagles took a five-point lead into the final period. The Eagles iced the victory by hitting five of six free throws.
Greer scored 12 points to lead the Eagles, followed by Aaron Newell and Cody Moore with eight each.
Vilonia finished 15-9 that included tournament titles in the Beebe tournament and the Faulkner County Junior Tournament.
Russellville won the eighth-grade game 42-23. Hayden Weaver scored six points for the Eagles with Ethan Goff adding four and Jake Ayers three. Zach Rail, Grant Freeman, Garrett Brown, and Ean Brown each had two. The Junior Eagles finished at 11-5.