December 07, 2011 Edition

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The Walnut Ridge High School Bobcats, seeded seventh, finished as runners-up Saturday in the senior boys division of the Williams Baptist College Invitational Basketball Tournament. Team members are (front, from left): Baron Estes, Eric Wilcoxson, Kyle Johnson, Cole Hicks, Clay Hufstedler, Jacob Lawson, Dylan Smith, Hunter Flippo; (back) Shane Duncan - assistant coach, Garrett Crisler, Zach Crisler, Ryan Vaughn, Jeb Bridges, Matt Cox, Eric Huff, Darren Tribble, Range Weeks and Darrel Crisler - coach.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George

WR boys are WBC runners-up



Lady Mustang Krista Coffell surveys the court during Hoxie's game against Marmaduke in the second round of the WBC Tournament. Marmaduke recorded a 57-43 win to advance.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George


Walnut Ridge's Ashlyn Cothern runs down the court during the Lady Cats' 53-43 second-round loss to Pocahontas on Nov. 29.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George


Hoxie's Hayden Defries is double-teamed by two Marmaduke players during the Mustangs' 71-56 loss in the second round of the WBC Tournament. Teammate Jacob Defries can be seen across the court.
Submitted Photo ~ Lori Highfield


Hillcrest's Ethan Holder guards a Pocahontas player during the Screamin' Eagles' 80-59 loss in second-round auction.
Submitted Photo ~ Ashley George
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The annual Williams Baptist College High School Basketball Tournament concluded on Saturday night with the Pocahontas boys and Marmaduke girls winning titles in their respective divisions.

WR - Pocahontas boys

The Pocahontas Redskins claimed the championship of the boys division with a convincing 60-23 victory over the Walnut Ridge Bobcats.

The Redskins led 15-5 after one quarter, 35-15 at halftime and 52-19 after three periods.

Eric Wilcoxson and Matt Cox each scored five points for Walnut Ridge. Cole Hicks and Kyle Johnson each had three points. Zach Crisler, Hunter Flippo and Clay Hufstedler had two points apiece, and Eric Huff added one point.

Alex Kieffer led the Redskins with 14 points, and Blake Gray had 10.

Marmaduke - Corning girls

Marmaduke's Lady Greyhounds earned the girls title by defeating the Corning Lady Bobcats 46-31.

The contest was decided quickly, when the Lady Hounds raced out to a 17-5 advantage after one period. Marmaduke stretched its lead to 27-12 at halftime and led 36-19 at the end of three quarters.

Jessica Lee and Whitley Boggs each scored 14 points to lead Marmaduke.

The All-Tournament teams were announced at the end of the night's action.

The boys team consisted of:

Hunter Flippo, Range Weeks and Zach Crisler, Walnut Ridge; Jacob Defries, Hoxie; Cole Winford and Alteeno Sain, Riverside; Kasey Reagans, Zach McDowell and Morgan Hawley, Marmaduke; and Blake Gray, Spencer Thielemier and Alex Kieffer, Pocahontas.

Making the girls All-Tournament team was:

Cayley Rosson, Hoxie; Michaela Thompson, Viola; Maggie Carlile and Jordan Hicks, Southside; Laura Junkersfeld and Ashlyn Bigger, Pocahontas; Cally Price, Whitley Boggs and Anna Best, Marmaduke; and Katie Scheffler, Kelsey Davis and Whitney Woodard, Corning.

Sportsmanship Awards were presented to the Southside girls and the Maynard boys.

Friday
Semifinals
WR - Riverside boys

The seventh-seeded Walnut Ridge Bobcats upset the second-seeded Riverside Rebels 55-52 in one boys semifinal contest on Friday.

Riverside was in front most of the way, leading 18-13 after one period, 29-24 at halftime and 41-37 after three quarters. Walnut Ridge outscored the Rebels 18-11 in the final period to pull off the upset.

Range Weeks led the Bobcats with 17 points. Crisler and Flippo each had 13 points. Wilcoxson had seven points. Hicks added three points, and Cox had two.

Pocahontas - Corning girls

Corning outlasted Pocahontas 54-51 in a girls semifinal game.

The Lady Bobcats led 19-14 at the end of the first quarter, 32-28 at halftime and 47-38 after three periods.

Kelsey Davis led Corning with 17 points, while Whitney Woodard chipped in 16. Katie Scheffler had eight points.

Bigger scored 16 points and Junkersfeld added 14 for Pocahontas.

Marmaduke - Southside girls

The Marmaduke senior girls built a double-digit first-half lead en route to defeating Southside 37-31 in the second girls semifinal game.

Marmaduke led 11-4 after one quarter, 17-9 at halftime and 29-22 after three periods.

Price scored 13 points, and Best added 11 to lead Marmaduke.

Carlile and Ashlynne King each scored 10 points for Southside.

Pocahontas - Marmaduke boys

In the second boys' semifinal contest, Pocahontas outlasted Marmaduke 59-56 in overtime.

Pocahontas led 15-11 at the end of the first quarter, 32-20 at halftime, and 43-33 after three periods. Marmaduke rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game 52-52 at the end of regulation.

Gray led Pocahontas with 15 points, and Kieffer added 11.

Hawley scored a game-high 23 points for Marmaduke, while Reagans added 10 points.

Thursday's games
WR - Viola boys

Walnut Ridge defeated the Viola Longhorns 40-32 in a second-round game on Thursday.

Walnut Ridge led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter, but Viola came back in the second period to lead 20-19 at halftime. The Bobcats regained the lead 32-28 entering the fourth quarter and held off the Longhorns in the final period.

Flippo led Walnut Ridge with 14 points, and Wilcoxson had 10. Weeks scored six points. Hicks and Crisler had four points apiece, and Cox added two.

Quentin Houghtaling scored 14 points for Viola.

Hoxie - Marmaduke boys

The Marmaduke Greyhounds pulled away from Hoxie in the second half and defeated the Mustangs 71-56.

Hoxie led 19-16 at the end of the first quarter and 35-34 at halftime. Marmaduke began to wear down the Mustangs in the second half and moved into a 49-44 advantage after three periods. Marmaduke continued to stretch its lead in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 22-12 in the period.

Colton Watson led Hoxie with 18 points, while Slade Sullens added 12 points. Devin Roberts finished with eight points. Hayden Defries and Jacob Defries each added six points. Brody VanWinkle, Tyler Hall and Kenny Mashburn had two points apiece.

Hawley led Marmaduke with 30 points. Zach McDowell had 24 points, and Reagans added 15.

Viola - Corning girls

The Corning Lady Bobcats trailed most of the game, but overtook Viola's Lady Longhorns in the fourth quarter to claim a 51-49 win.

Corning trailed 11-8 after one quarter, 26-21 at halftime and 42-40 after three quarters before rallying in the final period.

Woodard led Corning with 19 points, and Katelyn Leonard had 11.

Thompson scored 20 points, and Keirsten Moore had 17 for Viola.

Riverside - Southside boys

Four Riverside players scored in double figures, as the Rebels eliminated the Southside Southerners 56-46.

Riverside trailed 10-9 at the end of one quarter, but came back in the second period to move in front 33-26 at halftime. Southside closed to within 41-38 after three quarters, but couldn't overtake the Rebels in the final period.

Sain led Riverside with 19 points. Cole Winford and Caleb Waugh had 12 points each, and Logan Meurer added 11 points.

Kevin Jackson had 13 points, and Payton Wooldridge added 12 to lead Southside.

Wednesday
Hoxie - Corning boys

The Hoxie and Corning boys met in a first-round game on Wednesday evening. The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 28, but was postponed due to weather.

The Mustangs got off to a slow start, falling behind 17-8 after one quarter, but came on strong in the second period, holding the Bobcats to just four points in the period, and taking a 28-21 lead into the halftime break. Hoxie continued to roll in the second half, extending their lead to 48-32 after three quarters and went on to defeat the Bobcats 58-46.

Jacob Defries led the Mustangs with 22 points. Watson scored 16 points, and Sullens had 12. Hayden Defries and Hall each had three points, while Roberts added two points.

Tuesday's games
Hillcrest - Southside girls

Southside defeated Hillcrest 44-41 on Nov. 29.

The Lady Southerners led 11-6 after one quarter, 18-14 at halftime, and 33-32 at the end of the third period.

Hillcrest was led by Lindsey Crews with 11 points, and Kellie Beasley, with 10. Shea Durham had eight points, and Mackenzie Nunnally added six. Stacy Maxwell scored four points, and Sarah Saffell had two.

Carlile led Southside with 12 points.

Marmaduke - Hoxie girls

Marmaduke defeated the Hoxie Lady Mustangs 57-43.

Marmaduke led 14-9 after one quarter, 28-26 at halftime and 42-35 at the end of the third period.

Rosson led Hoxie with 15 points. Krista Coffell had nine points, and Courtney Sears added eight. Autumn Nelson scored six points. Maddison Woodard had three points, and Kristen Carter had two.

Boggs had 15 points, and Best had 11 for Marmaduke.

WR - Pocahontas girls

The Pocahontas Lady Redskins defeated Walnut Ridge's Lady Bobcats 53-43 in a second-round contest on Nov. 29.

Pocahontas led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter, 23-20 at halftime, and 34-27 after three periods.

Caroline Kelley and Hannah Massey each had eight points for Walnut Ridge. Ashley Roacho and Anna Bland had six points apiece. Ashlyn Cothern and Katie Lewis each had five points. Daniel Vaughn scored three points, and Holly Looney added two points.

Junkersfeld led Pocahontas with 20 points.

Hillcrest - Pocahontas

The Pocahontas Redskins defeated Hillcrest 80-59.

Pocahontas led 23-15 after one quarter, 43-35 at halftime, and 66-49 at the end of the third quarter.

Zach Doyle led the Screamin' Eagles with 17 points. Tyler Parker scored 14 points. Colman Evans had 11 points, and Evan Doyle added 10. Dylan Brady scored three points, while Hunter Nunnally and Ethan Holder added two points apiece.

Kieffer scored 27 points, and Thielemier had 17 points for Pocahontas.

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