MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon-Enola and Guy-Pekins girls moved to a semifinal showdown with each other Thursday while the Warhawks also moved into the boys semifinal in the 1A-5 district tournament here.
1A 5 North District tournament @ Mt. Vernon-Enola in the semifinals
In girls play, MV-Enola raced to a 36-0 lead after a quarter and coasted to a 54-24 victory over Lisa Academy to set up one semifinal against Guy-Perkins. Katherine Bartley had 11 points for the Lady Warhawks while Taylor Hensley had 10.
The Lady Thunderbirds also had an easy time in ousting Academics Plus, 84-43. Lisa Halk had 21 points for Guy while Lindsey McGee added 14.
In a boys semifinal, MV-Enola expanded a 31-20 haftime lead to 51-30 at the end of three quarters on the way to a 69-54 victory.
Josh West had 12 points for the Warhawks and Seith Brady had 10.
In another boys semifinal, Lisa Academy edged Guy-Perkins 70-67, outscoring the Thunderbirds, 22-7, in the final quarter.
Derius Young led the Thunderbirds with 15 points while Daniel Lary added 12.
POYEN — St. Joseph teams went different directions Thursday in the 2A-5 senior district tournament here.
The Lady Bulldogs (23-8) outscored Abundant Lie, 12-5 in the final quarter on the way to a 50-38 victory.
Heather Moix led St. Joseph with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Rachel Briggler added 15 points and five assists. Courtney Briggler had 13 points and three blocked shots.
"The girls played well," said St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier. "This win puts us in the semifinals against Magnet Cove and also qualified the team for regionals next week at Magnet Cove."
Mountain Pine ended the Bulldogs’ season at 20-11 with a 42-38 victory.
Cole Schichtl had 11 points and 14 rebounds for St. Joseph. Mark Mallett added nine points. Andrew Kordsmeier had six points and six rebounds. Landon Ennderlin and Drake Cooper had four points each and Cooper added five rebounds.
"It was a tough second half of the year for us," said St. Joseph coach Brent Bruich. "We faced a lot of challenges and adversity and hopefully, we learned from it. This is definitely not how we wanted things to end. I’m proud of my two seniors and want to thank them for all they have done for us this year, leadership-wise."
GIRLS CONWAY WHITE
BRYANT — Conway White faced its toughest game of the season in defeating Bryant, 47-37, to remain undefeated and reach the finals of the Central Arkansas Junior High Conference tournament.
The Lady Kittens are 24-0 and extended their record to 45-0 during their junior high careers.
Kianna Speight had 12 points and Asia Willard had 11, Jordan Danberry had 11. Megan Goodnight added seven, Christin Rogers had four and Haley Estes and Cayla McDowell had two.
"Benton played great defense and made my girls earn every point they got," said Conway coach LaShanta Johnson. "I am very proud of the fight my team showed."
The White team will play North Little Rock in Saturday’s championship game at noon.
FAULKNER COUNTY FALCONS
In opening round play of the Arkansas Homeschool State basketball tournament on Thursday, the Faulkner County Falcons defeated the Fort Smith Patriots, 53-48.
Daniel McNair led with 11 points and Hadan Phillips had nine. Phillip Baker scored eight and Grant Ragland, Isaac Stanton and Trent Wolf added six each. Wolf had 11 rebounds.
Thirty-eight teams are participating in this year’s tournament, which runs through Saturday, at the McGee Center.
VILONIA 9TH BOYS
The Vilonia Eagles ninth grade Boys closed out their regular season with a 40-32 win over Greenbrier Junior Panthers.
After being behind after the frist quarter, the Eagles outscored the Panthers 16-9 in the second to take the lead for good.
The Eagles had balanced scoring with Hayden Weaver leading the way with 11 points, Garrett Brown scored nine points, Austin Newell had eight points, including two 3-pointers. Lucas Nicholson chipped in with six points.
Vilonia is now 14-9 and will play in the first round of their district tournament Saturday at 1215 against Searcy.
Vilonia won the eighth-grade game, 32-14, extending the Eagles’ winning streak to four games.
Vilonia had six 3-pointers with Josh Greer leading in scoring with 9 points. Blaine Norman hit a 40 footer at the buzzer to end the first quarter. He had six points.