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WBC Tournament underway

Mustang Ray Volner goes up for a shot during Hoxie's matchup with Maynard in the WBC Invitational Tournament. Hoxie won 69-62 with Volner contributing 31 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and five steals.
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Lady Greyhound Katelyn Morris plays defense during Sloan-Hendrix's game against Corning in the tournament. The Lady Bobcats proved to be too much for Sloan-Hendrix as Corning won the game 52-34.

Debbie Richey
Staff Writer

The 47th annual Williams Baptist College high school basketball tournament tipped off Saturday on the WBC campus. Thirteen boys teams and 11 girls teams from around Northeast Arkansas, including all five Lawrence County schools, will compete for titles.

Hillcrest ~ Southside boys

The tenth-seeded Hillcrest boys got the tip in the opening game of the tournament against seventh-seed Southside of Batesville.

Southside took a 14-8 lead over Hillcrest, despite Ludie Sexton's 30-foot buzzer shot.

The Screamin' Eagles seemed to strengthen as halftime approached, trailing only 24-20 to the Southerners.

Southside's tempo increased in the third quarter and they extended the lead to 45-29 as the fourth quarter approached.

The Screamin' Eagles survived the Southerners attack and a double technical foul on each team, but failed to overcome Southside, falling 67-47.

Aaron Britton led Hillcrest with 15 points, and Rob Mize had 10. Jordan Hunter added seven points, and Dillion Simpson closed with five points. Jared Parker tossed in four points, Sexton had three and Chris Blevins chipped in two.

Southside will face second-seeded Pocahontas in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Southside ~ Delaplaine girls

The seventh-seeded Southside Lady Southerners defeated the 10th-seeded Delaplaine Lady Indians 66-50 in the next match.

Southside advances to the quarterfinals, where they will play Hoxie on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

Marmaduke ~ Black Rock boys

The fourth-seeded Marmaduke Greyhounds defeated the 13th-seeded Black Rock Zebras 76-53 in the third game of the evening.

Marmaduke led 19-11 at the close of the first quarter. The Zebras could not make up any ground on the Greyhounds in the second quarter and trailed 36-26 at halftime.

The Hounds continued to pound the boards in the second half and led 58-37 at the close of the third quarter.

Les Foster led Black Rock with 21 points, and Tommy Lawrence added 14. Chris Robertson and Mitchell Thompson each had five points. Michael Franks and Noe Linan tossed in three points each, and Anthony Todd finished with two points.

Sloan-Hendrix ~ Corning girls

The ninth-seeded Corning Lady Bobcats earned a 52-34 win over the eighth-seeded Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds. Sloan-Hendrix was short-handed for the game with three players injured and only one player on the bench.

The game was tied 11-11 at the close of the first quarter, before the Lady Bobcats tallied a 25-18 lead over the Lady Hounds at the break.

Corning took a 37-25 lead heading into the final period of play.

Amanda Green had 18 points for Sloan-Hendrix. Katelyn Morris hammered the boards for nine points, and Brittany Conrad contributed seven points and had 13 rebounds.

Hoxie ~ Maynard boys

The sixth-seeded Hoxie Mustangs and the 11th-seeded Maynard Tigers closed the first night of action with the tournament's most exciting game thus far.

Hoxie's Jonathan Lawrence hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to tie the game 17-17 at the end of the first quarter.

Hoxie took a 25-23 lead with 3:11 left in the second quarter, before Maynard tied the game 31-31 at halftime.

Using strong defense, the Mustangs acquired a 51-43 lead in the third quarter.

Hoxie led 59-56 with 2:22 left in the game, and the Mustangs continued to hold a 62-56 lead with a minute left in the game. Hoxie's Ray Volner drove down the court offering a dunk, as the Mustangs secured a 69-62 win over Maynard.

The Mustangs were led by Volner with 31 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Lawrence contributed 13 points. Tanner Jarrett and Tyler Wallis closed with eight points each. Byron Stocker added five points, and Thomas Brady tallied four points.

Hoxie advances to the quarterfinals to play third-seeded Tuckerman on Thursday at 5:50 p.m.

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