February 29, 2012 Edition

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Hillcrest boys qualify for state



Hillcrest's Ethan Holder drives to the basket against a Mammoth Spring defender in the regional semifinals on Friday night. The Screamin' Eagles lost the game 59-37, but went on to win a hard-fought consolation game and qualify for state.
Submitted Photos ~ Marla Helms


Stacy Maxwell (#1) takes it to the hoop against a Calico Rock player during regional semifinal action Friday night. The Lady Screamin' Eagles completed their season with a semifinal loss and consolation game loss.
Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Hillcrest Screamin' Eagles built an early double-digit lead against Izard County Consolidated then withstood a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Cougars 80-79 in the boys' consolation game of the 1A Region 2 basketball tournament at Brockwell on Saturday. The victory earned Hillcrest a spot in the 1A State Tournament at Magnolia. The Eagles were scheduled to play Jasper on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

Hillcrest led 22-14 after one quarter, and extended their advantage to 41-27 in the second period. ICC made a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, outscoring Hillcrest 29-19 in the period. The Cougars' rally fell one point short, as the Eagles held on for the victory.

Zach Doyle pumped in 30 points to lead Hillcrest. Colman Evans finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Jeremiah Turner had 10 points and seven rebounds. Evan Doyle had eight points, and Hunter Nunnally added six. Ethan Holder chipped in five points, and Tyler Parker added a free throw.

Semifinals

Hillcrest was sent to the consolation game by virtue of a 59-37 loss to Mammoth Spring in semifinal round on Friday.

The Bears led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and 26-21 at halftime. Mammoth Spring pulled away in the third quarter and took a 41-27 lead into the final period.

Holder had nine points, and Evans added eight for the Eagles.

First round

The Eagles began tournament play with a 79-68 first-round victory over Crowley's Ridge Academy on Thursday.

Hillcrest started slowly, trailing 17-10 after one period. The Eagles caught fire, scoring 26 points in the second quarter to cut the halftime deficit to 38-36. Hillcrest continued blazing the nets in the third quarter, overtaking the Falcons to lead 56-51 at the end of the period. Hillcrest continued to pull away in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

Evans led Hillcrest with 32 points. Doyle had 15 points, and Nunnally added 11.

In other first round action, ICC defeated Black Rock 65-43.

The Cougars led 20-12 after one quarter, 36-26 at halftime and 52-35 after three periods.

Tyler Newell led Black Rock with 18 points. Caleb McKenzie finished with 12 points, and Sam Clem added eight. Derrek Nunnally scored three points, and Shane Fleming had two.

Girls

Hillcrest senior girls were denied a trip to the state tourney by a 40-22 loss to Viola in the consolation game of the regional tournament on Saturday.

Viola led 4-2 after a low-scoring opening period, but surged to a 17-9 lead at the end of the half. The Lady Longhorns extended their lead to 33-16 in the third quarter.

Mackenzie Nunnally led the Lady Screamin' Eagles with 10 points.

Semifinals

The Lady Eagles fell to conference rival Calico Rock 56-27 in Friday's semifinal action. Mackenzie Nunnally had six points for Hillcrest.

First round

The Lady Eagles opened the tournament by outlasting Bay in a heartstopper, 63-58, in the first round on Feb. 22.

A basket by Lindsey Crews gave Hillcrest a 59-58 lead with 1:10 to play and the Lady Eagles converted some clutch free throws in the final minute to keep the Lady Yellowjackets at bay.

Crews and Mackenzie Nunnally each finished with 19 points, and Kellie Beasley added 18.

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