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The Hillcrest junior Lady Screamin' Eagles are champions of the Hillcrest Screamin' Eagle Junior High Basketball Tournament hosted by the school. Team members include (front, from left): Haley Jones, Jessica Whitmire, Meagan Phelps, Makenly Coles, Stacy Maxwell, Sarah Saffell, Erica Highfield, Natasha Brock, Lindsey Crews; (back) coach Shawn Rose, Kellie Beasley, Mackenzie Nunnally, Kathryn Tidwell, Lacy Nunnally, Morgan Penn, Courtney Howard, Samantha Parker, Sydnee Martin, Elizabeth Rush, Shae Durham, Kalie Hammock, Ashley Mansfield; and (not pictured) Sydnie Barkley.
TD Photo ~ Debbie Richey

Hillcrest junior girls
are tourney champs

Hillcrest's junior Lady Screamin' Eagles captured the Hillcrest Screamin' Eagle Junior High Basketball Tournament's championship trophy by beating conference foe Viola 34-30.

The game was close throughout with the teams exchanging the lead several times in the first half. Hillcrest led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and 18-15 at the half and entered the final quarter with a 27-24 advantage.

Mackenzie Nunnally hit three three-point shots en route to a team-high 11 points. Eight players scored for Hillcrest, including Sarah Saffell, who recorded six points, five rebounds and four assists in the contest.

"Viola held Lindsey Crews to four points, but she did other things well," coach Shawn Rose said. "Morgan Penn went 3-of-4 from the free-throw line in the last two minutes. Also, a lot of credit goes to Kaylie Hammock and Kellie Beasley, who came off the bench and made plays."

Hillcrest improves to 13-3 with the win. Micah Thompson scored 13 and Leslie Shrable 12 for Viola.

Junior boys

Mammoth Spring came out of the Screamin' Eagle Tournament final as the only undefeated team, winning by four in a back and forth battle.

Mammoth Sping (23-0) defeated Cedar Ridge (14-1) by a final score of 42-38. Garrett Wooldridge led the junior Bears with 12 points. Cedar Ridge was led by Chad Baker and Kevin Steele with nine points each.

Semifinals

Three Lawrence County teams advanced to the semifinals of the invitational tournament.

WR, Viola girls

Leslie Shrable knocked down four threes and shot 9-of-11 from the free throw line, en route to 27 points, as she propeled Viola past top seeded Walnut Ridge in one of the junior girls semifinal games.

Walnut Ridge got off to a slow start trailing 11-4 at the end of the first quarter and 19-8 at the half. The junior Lady Bobcats made up ground in the second half as they outscored Viola 22-11 to tie the score at the end of regulation on a Katie Lewis basket.

Lewis also scored the final basket of the first overtime to give Walnut Ridge a 34-33 lead. A Viola free throw tied the game once more, and in the second overtime Viola pulled ahead for the 41-38 victory.

Ashlyn Cothern led Walnut Ridge with 10 points, all in the second half. Ashley Roacho, Lewis and Daniel Vaughn each netted nine points.

Hillcrest, Weiner girls

Hillcrest's defense proved to be more than the junior Lady Cardinals could withstand in Thursday night's other girls semifinal match as Hillcrest posted a 35-26 win.

The Hillcrest defense caused numerous turnovers and gave the junior Lady Screamin' Eagles easy basket opportunities throughout the first three quarters.

Mackenzie Nunnally scored 10 points for Hillcrest. Morgan Penn and Lindsey Crews each added nine points for the winners.

Hoxie, Cedar Ridge boys

Hoxie and Cedar Ridge were tied at eight at the end of the first quarter, but the junior Timberwolves outscored the Hoxie junior Mustangs 14-3 in the second quarter to lead 22-11 at the half.

Both teams scored evenly in the second half as Cedar Ridge advanced to the finals with a 44-32 win.

Clayton Butler scored 18 points for the winners. Zach Crisler led Hoxie with 11, while Devin Roberts also added nine points.

Mammoth Spring, ICC boys

The second-seeded Mammoth Spring junior Bears defeated Izard County Consolidated 20-18 in Thursday night's first semifinal game. Third-seeded ICC led throughout the game, but the Bears took the lead on a Garrett Wooldridge jumper with 30 seconds remaining. The last possession for ICC came up empty, as the junior Bears advanced to the finals.

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