February 22, 2017 Edition

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S-H teams advance to regionals

Greyhound Hunter Stallings jumps to make a layup during semifinal action at Cotter on Thursday night. Sloan-Hendrix fell to Marked Tree 75-58.
Submitted Photo ~ Perry Hutton

The Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds wrapped up play in the 2A-2 District Basketball Tournament at Cotter last week.

Sloan-Hendrix's senior boys placed third in the tournament after defeating Buffalo Island 62-60 in the consolation game on Friday. The Lady Greyhounds fell to Cotter 40-38 in the girls consolation game to finish fourth in the tournament.

Both Sloan-Hendrix teams advanced to this week's 2A North Regional Tournament at Carlisle. The Greyhound boys will play Clarendon on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., while the Lady Greyhounds will face host Carlisle today at 7 p.m.

Boys semifinal

After defeating Marmaduke in the first round on Feb. 10, the Sloan-Hendrix boys faced the Marked Tree Indians in the semifinals on Thursday.

Marked Tree raced out to a 22-9 first quarter lead, and the Greyhounds were unable to recover from the early deficit. The Indians maintained leads of 42-31 at halftime and 54-41 after three quarters, and went on to post a 75-58 victory over the Greyhounds.

Tyler Murphy led Sloan-Hendrix with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Hunter Stallings finished with 12 points and four assists, and Ben Meigs had nine points and six assists.

Third-place game

The loss sent the Greyhounds into a matchup with the Buffalo Island Central Mustangs to determine the district's third and fourth seeds in the regional tournament.

Once again, Sloan-Hendrix fell behind early, trailing 20-10 at the end of the first quarter. This time, however, the Greyhounds would not stay down, fighting their way into a 29-28 lead at the intermission. BIC came back in the third period and carried a 36-35 advantage into the final period. Sloan-Hendrix outdueled the Mustangs in a high-scoring fourth quarter, 27-24, to come away with the victory.

Colby Johnson and Stallings each scored 13 points for the Greyhounds. Jacob Smith had 11 points and eight rebounds. Murphy finished with nine points and four assists, and Meigs added eight points and four assists.

Third-place game

The Sloan-Hendrix girls defeated Buffalo Island in the first round on Feb. 13, and faced Salem's Lady Greyhounds in the semifinals on Thursday.

After falling to Salem, Sloan-Hendrix faced the host Cotter Lady Warriors in the girls third-place game on Friday.

Cotter controlled the first half and led 11-3 after the first quarter and 26-14 at halftime. The Lady Greyhounds played a strong second half and cut Cotter's lead to 33-26 at the end of the third period. Sloan-Hendrix continued its comeback in the fourth quarter. Brenda McCain hit a three-pointer to bring the Lady Hounds to within 40-38 with 40 seconds to play.

A Cotter turnover gave Sloan-Hendrix another opportunity with 22 seconds remaining, but a shot was off the mark and the Lady Hounds committed a foul on the rebound.

Cotter missed the front end of a one-and-one, Sloan-Hendrix rebounded and pushed the ball up the court, but missed two shots at a tying basket. The Lady Warriors rebounded the second miss and ran out the final 1.5 seconds.

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