February 1, 2017 Edition

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Sportsmanship is big winner
in county tournament game

Greyhound Randy Tucker (second from right) is congratulated by teammates (clockwise from right) Braden Brand, Colby Johnson, Jordan Dail and Corey Hill for his 3-point basket at the buzzer during the Lawrence County Tournament on Monday night.
TD Photo ~ Ashley George

The Lawrence County Tournament is underway at Hoxie with fans packing the stands as the four county school districts vie for titles in divisions from fifth grade through senior high.

As in all games, someone has to win and someone has to lose, but in Monday night's senior boys game between Hoxie and Sloan-Hendrix, excellent sportsmanship ensured that all the players went home winners.

The Greyhounds, who have been enjoying a stellar season with a 24-3 record going into the county tournament, held a healthy lead as the game was winding down.

The Sloan-Hendrix players had developed an obvious game plan, get the ball to teammate Randy Tucker and give him the opportunity to score a basket.

The surprising part happened when the opposing Hoxie Mustangs got in on the act too.

WR teams fall to Corning

Walnut Ridge and Corning squared off on the basketball court in a battle of Bobcats on Friday night at Corning, with the home team winning a pair of barnburners.

The hometown Bobcats topped Walnut Ridge 58-56 on a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining.

Walnut Ridge led 17-12 after one quarter, but Corning came back to tie the contest 27-27 at halftime. Walnut Ridge surged to a double-digit lead in the third period, 42-31, but Corning would make another comeback, aided by nine-of-11 free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter.

Greyhounds defeat Flippin

The Sloan-Hendrix senior boys improved to 24-3 on the season with a 53-39 victory over the Flippin Bobcats in basketball action Friday night at Flippin.

The Greyhounds led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, 23-20 at halftime and 32-26 after three periods.

Hunter Stallings led Sloan-Hendrix with 16 points. Tyler Murphy had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and Colby Johnson added 10 points.

Lady Mustangs earn win at Melbourne

Hoxie's Sydney Gillham scored 21 points and corralled 12 rebounds in the Lady Mustangs' 57-36 victory over the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz on Jan. 23 at Melbourne.

Hoxie led 20-19 after a closely played first half. The Lady Mustangs began to pull away in the third period, widening the lead to 35-27. Hoxie then outscored Melbourne 22-9 in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Kaitlin Henson scored 13 points, and Emily Davis added 11 for Hoxie.

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