Weather limits area high school basketball action
All three area schools picked up victories in a weather-shortened week of high school basketball action. Manila drubbed Ridgefield Christian 71-32 while Riverside squeaked past Rector 53-51 in senior boys action. In senior girls play, Riverside downed Rector 50-36, Buffalo Island Central blasted Cross County 67-41 while Manila pounded Ridgefield Christian 41-15.
The Lions bolted to a 23-0 lead in Manila's 39 point victory over Ridgefield Christian Tuesday night at Lion Gym. Manila held a 36-9 lead at the half and took a commanding 53-19 advantage into the fourth period. The Lions, who improved to 14-4 on the year, were led by Bradey Woodall's 14 points. Conner Balew scored 10 while Joel Burrow pitched in nine. The Lions also took the junior high contest, dominating the Warriors 53-12.
Riverside survived a last second three point attempt by Rector to hold on for a two point victory in 2A-3 conference action Tuesday night on the road. Gavin Stone poured in a game high 23 points while Luke Baker added 13, as the Rebels improved to 12-10 overall and 7-4 in league play. Lawson Ford topped the Cougars with 18 points while Chase Jackson added 14 more. The two teams battled to a 22-22 tie after the first quarter before Riverside moved ahead 38-35 at the half. The Rebels took a slim 39-38 edge into the final frame. Riverside also took the junior high contest 39-31.
Haven Robertson pumped in 20 points while Bailey Fisher chipped in 18 more in Riverside's victory at Rector. The Lady Rebels held a 10-8 lead after the opening quarter before Rector rallied to grab a 24-21 advantage at the half. Riverside outscored the Lady Cougars 17-8 in the third period to forge a 38-32 lead entering the last stanza. The Lady Rebels won the junior high game 30-19.
BIC's Lady Mustangs placed four players in double figures in their victory over Cross County. Madison Nowlin paced BIC with 19 points, Heather Sipes scored 15 while Molly Hart and Blaire Wildy contributed 11 points each. Jona Carmichael tallied five points, Holly Stockton netted four while Lexi Walls added two points. The Lady Mustangs connected on 12-18 foul shots and drilled five three pointers on the night. Terra King led the Lady Thunderbirds with 13 points. Cross County hit just 4-12 free throws but nailed nine treys on the evening. BIC held leads of 18-14 after the first quarter, 35-19 at the half and 47-31 after three periods of play.
In junior high action, BIC destroyed Cross County 43-2. Morgan James and Brianna Lambert led the Lady Mustangs with 10 points apiece. Jealynn Cates scored eight, Vicky Esparza tallied six, Haddyn Hurst netted four, Hanah Carle contributed three while Laci Dewitt pitched in two points.
Manila boys return to action Tuesday night with three conference games, beginning with Corning Tuesday night at home. The Lions will travel to Hoxie for a makeup game Wednesday night before ending the week with a homecoming contest Friday night against Osceola. The Lady Lions will travel to Corning Monday night, Hoxie Wednesday night and Osceola Thursday night.
Riverside tackles Marked Tree Tuesday night, journeys to Earle for a makeup game Wednesday night before closing the week with a road trip Friday night against Crowley's Ridge Academy in Paragould. The Lady Rebels host Marked Tree Monday night, travel to Earle Wednesday and close the week by hosting Hillcrest in a nonconference matchup Thursday night at Lake City.
The Lady Mustangs play at Marmaduke Monday night and host EPC Tuesday night before playing Marked Tree Thursday night at the Monette Athletic Complex.