February 10, 2016 Edition

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The Walnut Ridge Bobcats are champions in the senior boys division of the Lawrence County Tournament. Team members include (front, from left): Jesse Massengil, Kyle Jones, Drew West, Drew Flippo, Martin Crisler, Kenzie Flippo, Hunter Tribble, Wesley Friend; (back) assistant coaches Zach Crisler and Blake Coffman, Guy Lemmons, Andrew Coker, Tristan Hoffman, Spencer Wilson, Luke Wall, Luke Harper, Kyle Nunley, coach Darrel Crisler and statistician Jordan Haynes.
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Bobcats claim 2016 county title

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats outlasted the Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds 77-74 to capture the senior boys title at the 2016 Lawrence County Basketball Tournament Saturday night at Sharum Gymnasium in Walnut Ridge.

The game was tied 15-15 at the end of the first quarter before the Bobcats eased into a 31-27 advantage at the intermission. Walnut Ridge stretched the lead to 57-48 at the end of the third quarter. Sloan-Hendrix mounted a rally in the final period, outscoring Walnut Ridge 26-20, but the comeback fell short as the Bobcats held on for the title.

Kenzie Flippo led the Bobcats in scoring with 29 points, including 21 in the second half. Spencer Wilson finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Kyle Nunley added 12 points. Martin Crisler and Luke Harper each scored six points. Tristan Hoffman finished with five points, and Luke Wall had two points.

Sloan-Hendrix was led by Tyler Murphy, who finished with 20 points, six steals and seven deflections. Matt Wilkins had 19 points. Logan McCain had 11 points and six rebounds, and Ben Meigs also chipped in 11 points. Hunter Stallings finished with 10 points, and Carter Vance added three points.

Consolation
Thursday
Hoxie 45, Hillcrest 44

Hoxie: James Johnson, 26 points; Paul Adamson, nine points; Alex Carpenter, six points; Austen Blocker, three points; Diamani Davis, one point.

Hillcrest: Tyson Durham, 18 points; Dyllan Nunnally, 12 points; Aaron Whitmire, six points; Nick Allen and Jordan Keehn, four points each.

First round
Monday, Feb. 1
S-H 67, Hoxie 42

Sloan-Hendrix: Murphy 22 points; Wilkins, nine points; Meigs, eight points; Shayne Dill, six points; Vance and Stallings, five points each; Kierce Due, four points; McCain, Brantley Gholson, Dakota Jones and Nathan DeShazo, two points each.

Hoxie: Carpenter, 13 points; Johnson, 10 points; Adamson, five points; Chance Moore and Gene Miller, four points; Blocker, Brock Jones and Cody Roper, two points each.

WR 73, Hillcrest 46

Walnut Ridge: Nunley, 18 points; Wall, 14 points; Wilson, 13 points; Flippo, 10 points; Harper, eight points; Hoffman, six points; Wesley Friend and Hunter Tribble, two points each.

Hillcrest: Nunnally, 16 points; Durham, 10 points; Whitmire and Allen, six points each; Keehn, four points; Jared Bristow, three points; Nathan Pankey, one point.

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