Basketball teams from St. Joseph and Guy-Perkins traveled a long way in 24 hours to see their seasons end abrubtly in state tournament play Tuesday.
After winning the Class AA West Regional boys title at Magazine (Logan County), the St. Joseph boys traveled across the state to northeast Arkansas and lost to Bearden, the fourth-place team from the South Region, 75-63, at Marmaduke’s gymnasium. The Bulldogs saw one of their most successful seasons in recent history end at 31-3.
The Lady Thunderbirds lost to Mount Vernon-Enola in the third place game of Class A Region 3 at Greers Ferry on Monday, then made a quick turnaround to travel to Bradley in south Arkansas for Tuesday afternoon’s state opener. They lost, 58-52, to Region 2 champion Weiner.
St. Joseph boys
The Bulldogs found themselves down by 10 late in the third quarter before Cole Schichtl, who scored seven straight points in the fourth quarter, sparked a rally.
A three-point play by Schichtl, who had 28 points, drew St. Joseph within 61-57 with 4:44 left in the game. A rebound by Quintin Wilson and eight points by Clint Parham, combined with some cold-shooting and turnovers as the Bulldogs hurried their comeback attempt, helped the Bears pull away for good.
Parham, who scored eight of Bears’ final 12 points, led Bearden with 20 points. Andrew Beck added 15 for St. Joseph.
In a 79-54 romp over Conway Christian in the regional final Monday afternoon at Greers Ferry West Side, Beck had 16 points and seven assists. Drake Cooper added 16 and five rebounds. Taylor Schrekenhofer had 10 points.
Other leaders were: Schichtl, nine points, eight rebounds; Drew Bates, eight points, three assists; Landon Enderlin, five points, five assists; Nash Nichols, four rebounds; and William Fields, three assists.
"I’m so proud of the way the boys played today (Monday), especially in the first half," said St. Joseph coach Brent Bruich. "They were clicking of all cylinders and executed really well."
St. Joseph apparently ran out of gas the next day after the tough road trip across the state.
After the Lady Thunderbirds took a 17-8 first-quarter lead, Weiner took over on the way to a 58-52 victory at Bradley.
The Lady Cardinals closed the half with a 10-0 run to take a 25-23 lead. Weiner’s Alegra Melton scored seven of her 26 points in the third quarter and the Lady Cardinals raced to a 50-37 lead with 6:07 left.
Guy-Perkins’ pressing defense and 11 points in the fourth quarter by Alexis Hogan drew Guy within 52-49 with 2:39 left. After three free throws by the Lady Cardinals, a 3-pointer by Victoria Rogers drew the Lady Thunderbirds with 55-52 with 15 seconds left. Casey Mack then gave Weiner, the No. 1 team out of Region 2, breathing room with three free throws in the final 15 seconds.
Guy’s comeback attempt was hampered by a 3-of-10 effort at the line in the fourth quarter. The Lady Cardinals let the Lady Thunderbirds back in the game by going 4 of 9 from the line in the fourth quarter.
Hogan paced the Lady Thunderbirds with 20 points. Allison Brown added 10. Abigail Smith, one of Guy’s leading scorers, fouled out late in the third quarter.
Melton led Weiner with 26 points, Peyton Kraft added 13 and Mack 10.