Conway Chrisitian’s boys defeated McCrory, 59-46, Thursday to advance to Saturday’s finals of the OrthoArkansas/Conway Christian basketball tournament.

Luke Beckman (21 points) and Jon Mark Wood (19 points) led the Eagles, who will play Pangburn Saturday night for title.

With CCS leading 44-42 with about four minutes left, Wood hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Beckman added a basket to extend the lead to seven.

The Eagles hit eight out of 12 free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.

Caleb Dather added eight points.

In the other semifinal boys game, Pangburn defeated Sacred Heart 58-43.

In the girls semifinal, Little Rock Central used relentless pressure and built a 40-14 halftime lead on the way to a 65-27 victory over the Lady Eagles.

Mary-Morgan Ellis led the Eagles with seven, while McKinley Wallace and Carly Powell scored six each.

The Lady Tigers will meet Pangburn, winner of the other girls semifinal, for the title. Pangburn defeated Woodlawn, 62-52. Savannah Thoop had 18 points, while Savanna Jacobs added 15. Jordan Wylie led Woodlawn with 20 points.

Saturday’s matchups:

4:30: CCS vs Woodlawn Girls

5:45: McCrory vs Sacred Heart Boys

7 p.m.: LR Central vs Pangburn Girls

8:15: CCS vs Pangburn Boys


CABOT — Vilonia moves to the girls finals of the Cabot tournament with a 44-38 win over Harding Academy on Thursday night.

Harding sprinted to an early 14-3 lead in the first quarter before Vilonia mounted a steady come-from-behind victory. The Lady Eagles closed the gap to 14-8 by the end of the first quarter and trailed 24-19 at the half.

The Lady Eagles pulled even at 30 at the end of the third quarter and outscored the Lady Wildcats, 14-8, in the final quarter.

Vilonia shaved 1 more point off the lead by half time trailing 24-19. Vilonia pulled even at 30-30 by the end of the third.

Vilonia will play in the finals Monday at 7 p.m. The Lady Eagles will play Perryville in the finals of the St. Joseph Classic at 5:40 p.m. Saturday.


Perryville defeated St. Joseph in two junior high games Thursday.

In the girls game, Perryville won, 27-23.

Rachel Briggler led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points and six rebounds. Rachell Prall had six points and Erin Sterka four.

The Mustangs won the boys game, 39-37.

David Beck had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel Lee Kordsmeier ahd three points and six rebounds. Brad Vandivere ahd three points and three assists. Zach Martin added three assists and Jacob Welter, three steals.


Because of a scheduling conflict, the seventh-place girls game in the Bank of the Ozarks John Stanton Wampus Cat Invitational, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, will not be played.

The rest of the Saturday schedule remains intact with the seventh-place boys game beginning at 11 a.m.

The remaining schedule: fifth-place girls, 1 p.m.; fifth-place boys, 2:30 p.m.; third-place girls, 4 p.m.; third-place boys, 5:30 p.m.; girls championship, 7 p.m.; boys championship, 8:30 p.m.


ATKINS — Mayflower’s junior girls defeated Akins, 39-25, Thursday night.

Tori Lasker had 23 points and Tristen Lasker had eight points and nine steals. 

Mayflower’s seventhg-grade girls lost, 18-9. Briawna Stigall had four points and Chandra Harper had three points.