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Hoxie seasons end at regional

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

The Hoxie Mustangs and Lady Mustangs saw their basketball seasons end with losses in the first round of the 3A Region 3 Tournament held at Flippin.

Girls

The Lady Mustangs were dealt a heartbreaking loss when Bergman's Kyra Williams scored on a buzzer-beating layup to give the Lady Panthers a 54-52 victory on Thursday night.

Hoxie, which trailed most of the game, took their first lead at 44-43 on a three-pointer by Autumn Nelson with just under five minutes to play. A pair of free throws by Brandi Alls and a basket by Krista Coffell gave the Lady Mustangs a 48-44 advantage with 3:50 remaining.

After Bergman tied the game 49-49, Cayley Rosson put Hoxie back in front, 52-49, with a three-point play with 57 seconds left to play.

The Lady Panthers made three-of-four free throws on their next two possessions to knot the game at 52-all.

Bergman then rebounded a Hoxie miss and called a timeout with 6.5 seconds to play, setting up Williams' game-winning basket at the buzzer.

Nelson finished with 17 points to lead Hoxie, while Alls scored 14. Cayley Rosson had 13 points, and Krista Coffell added eight points.

The Lady Mustangs wrap up the season with a 14-12 record.

Boys

The Hoxie senior boys' fell to the Mountain View Yellowjackets 58-48 on Feb. 22.

Mountain View led 16-9 at the end of the first quarter, then outscored Hoxie 18-7 in the second period to take a 34-16 lead into halftime. The Mustangs closed to within 34-23 at the start of the third quarter, but trailed 46-32 entering the final period. Hoxie outscored the Yellowjackets in the fourth quarter, but couldn't overcome their early deficit.

Jacob Defries led the Mustangs with 13 points, and Colton Watson finished with 12. Hayden Defries had eight points, and Slade Sullens added five. Jake Ellis contributed four points, and Tristan Sisco had three points. Brody Vanwinkle had two points, and Aaron French added a free throw.

Mountain View used a balanced scoring attack. Jordan Wilcox led the team with 10 points, and eight other Yellowjackets scored at least four points.

The Mustangs finished 15-11 for the season.

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