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WBC Tournament underway

Hillcrest's Samantha Tacker dribbles the ball as she is guarded by Lady Bobcat Hannah Hammock during Williams Baptist College Tournament action on Saturday. The Lady Screamin' Eagles beat Walnut Ridge 51-45.
Submitted Photo ~ Wendy Huskey

The 58th annual Williams Baptist College High School Basketball Tournament got underway Saturday at the Southerland-Mabee Center on the WBC campus.

Three games were played Saturday. The Viola girls withdrew from the tournament, allowing the Maynard Lady Tigers to advance via forfeit.

Saturday's action included:

Hillcrest - WR girls

The ninth-seeded Hillcrest Lady Screamin' Eagles defeated the eighth-seeded Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats 51-45.

Walnut Ridge led 27-22 at halftime before being outscored 29-18 by the Lady Eagles in the second half.

Carly Otwell led Hillcrest with 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals. Mickayla Smith tossed in 15 points. Paige Penn scored six points and 12 rebounds, while Samantha Tacker added four points. Brittney Sutton and Maddie Whitmire each contributed three points.

For Walnut Ridge, Megan Jared scored 16 points, and Kelly Lee had 10 points. Baylee Burris had eight points, and Hannah Hammock had five points. Olivia Cox finished with four points, and Jessica Stevens added two points.

Hillcrest advanced to a Monday matchup against the top-seeded Bay Lady Yellowjackets.

Hillcrest - Corning boys

Ninth-seeded Hillcrest gave eighth-seeded Corning a tough battle before the Bobcats pulled away in the second half for a 79-67 victory.

The teams went into halftime deadlocked 40-40.

Dyllan Nunnally scored 23 points, and Tyson Durham added 21 for Hillcrest. Hagen Mitchell finished with eight points, and Zack Anglin had six points. Nick Allen scored four points. Shelby Workman had three points, and Noah Weaver had two points.

Five Corning players scored in double figures, led by Luke Rogers with 17 points. Nathan Bass had 15 points, and Cole Woolard added 13 points. Clint Hovis and Drew Radcliff each scored 11 points.

Corning advanced to play the top-seeded Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds on Tuesday evening.

Rector-Maynard boys

The seventh-seeded Rector Cougars advanced with a 63-46 win over the 10th-seeded Maynard Tigers.

Kirk Beshears led Rector with 16 points, while Max Ford added 13.

Gus Halliburton scored 10 points for Maynard.

Rector will play second-seeded Riverside today at 7:20 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 28

Tournament play continued on Monday, with three games in the girls division.

S-H - Corning girls

The third-seeded Corning Lady Bobcats advanced to the semifinals with a 56-43 win over sixth-seeded Sloan-Hendrix.

Corning led 33-18 at halftime and held off the Lady Greyhounds in the second half.

Kaytie Manatt led Corning with 17 points, and Ashley Payne added 14. Caitlyn Carpenter and Makayla Trice each scored 10 points.

Sloan-Hendrix was led by Caylea Johnson's 18 points. Abbey Vance added 11 points for the Lady Hounds. Karmyn Gray and Annie Doney each scored four points, and Brenda McCain had three points. Emily Luffman contributed two points, and Maddyson Lamb added one point.

Hillcrest - Bay girls

The top-seeded Bay Lady Yellowjackets moved into the semifinals after defeating Hillcrest 69-35.

Sarah Blackman scored 23 points, while Whitlee Layne chipped in 19 for the Lady Jackets, who led 30-17 at the intermission.

For Hillcrest, Brittney Sutton and Paige Penn had eight points apiece, while Samantha Tacker and Carly Otwell each scored seven points. Tacker also grabbed nine rebounds. Mickayla Smith finished with three points, and Maddie Whitmire added two points.

Pocahontas - Maynard girls

Second-seeded Pocahontas had an easy time with seventh-seeded Maynard, defeating the Lady Tigers 70-39 to advance to Friday's semifinals.

The Lady Redskins held a comfortable 37-19 lead at halftime and continued to pull away in the second half.

Ashlyn Ellis led Pocahontas with 15 points. Natalie Toney chipped in 13 points, and Makayla Kirk added 11.

Bethany Dobbins had 12 points to lead Maynard.

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