February 11, 2015 Edition

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The Walnut Ridge Bobcats claimed the senior boys county title. Team members include (front, from left): filmer Jessie Massengill, Kyle Jones, Drew West, Jacob Trinidad, Drake Berry, Hunter Tribble, Martin Crisler; (back) coach Shane Duncan, Clayton Augustine, Drake Smelser, Isaac Mondy, Drake Spain, Luke Wall, Spencer Wilson, Luke Harper, Kenzie Flippo, Kyle Nunley and Coach Darrel Crisler.
TD Photos ~ Ashley George

Bobcats win senior
boys championship

Nathan Hibbard
Staff Writer

Walnut Ridge's Martin Crisler sank a three-pointer with less than four seconds remaining to give the Bobcats a 49-46 win over Hillcrest in the senior boys final of the Lawrence County Tournament Saturday night at Lynn.

Walnut Ridge led 17-9 at the end of the first quarter before Hillcrest stormed back to take a 30-29 lead at intermission. After a low-scoring third quarter, the Screamin' Eagles carried a 36-35 lead into the final period.

Kenzie Flippo led Walnut Ridge with 24 points, and Spencer Wilson contributed 12 points.

Brad Nunnally scored 15 points, and Ethan Ballard added 13 for Hillcrest.

Hillcrest ~ S-H

The Hillcrest Screamin' Eagles and Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds entertained the fans with a closely played game in the senior boys division Thursday night. Hillcrest sent the home crowd away happy, edging the Greyhounds 60-57 to advance to Saturday's finals.

The Greyhounds held a slim 11-10 lead after one quarter, but Hillcrest came on in the second quarter to move into a 29-23 lead at halftime. Sloan-Hendrix cut into the Eagles' lead in the third quarter, but still trailed 44-41 heading into the fourth quarter. Hillcrest was able to hold the Hounds at bay in the final period to claim the win.

Walker Morgan led Hillcrest with 21 points and five assists, and Jordan Keehn contributed 10 points.

For Sloan-Hendrix, Tyler Murphy scored 15 points. Colby Johnson had 14 points, three assists and took a charge. Matt Wilkins had 12 points, three steals and three deflections. Nate DeShazo had six rebounds and took two charges.

WR ~ Hoxie

Walnut Ridge defeated Hoxie 56-37 on Jan. 31 to move into the senior boys final.

The Bobcats led by just one point, 11-10, at the end of the first quarter, before outscoring the Mustangs 31-14 over the next two periods to take a 42-24 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Crisler led Walnut Ridge with 17 points, and Flippo added 14.

Hoxie was led by Tristan Sisco with 15 points.

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