The Mountain Home High School basketball teams got the second half of district play started by winning both games at Batesville Friday night including a wild girl's game. Brad Haworth has the details.
It took two overtimes but the Lady Bombers were able to hand Batesville their first district loss and they avenged an earlier three point loss to the Lady Pioneers with a 76-73 win.
Mountain Home controlled the first half thanks to the long ball as Hannah Pfiefer and Payton Huskey each hit four three pointers and the Lady Bombers were up 34-29 at halftime.
Batesville would open the second half with a 10-2 run and it was a wild roller coaster ride after that. From the 3:19 mark of the third quarter, the teams would have 13 ties and 13 lead changes.
A controversial foul gave Batesville freshman Isabella Higginbottam three free throws with four tenths of a second left and her team down by three. She hit all three to send the game into overtime.
In the first extra period, Pfiefer hit a pair of three pointers and Huskey added one. In the second overtime, Pfiefer scored five more points and Madeline Collins, who entered the game after two players had fouled out, hit three of four free throws to help Mountain Home to the victory.
Pfiefer led the attack with nine three pointers and 33 points while Huskey added five three pointers and 19 points and Maly Tabor had 10. The win improves Mountain Home's record to 11-10 overall and 4-3 in the 6A/5A-2 District.
Batesville falls to 15-5 and 6-1. They got 17 points from Taylor Griffin and 15 from Higginbottam.
In the boy's contest, Mountain Home was never really threatened in a 63-45 victory. Batesville did have an 8-5 lead in the first quarter but the Bombers went on a 30-10 run and led 35-21 at the half.
In the second half, Mountain Home's David Wehmeyer continued to dominate in the paint and the Pioneers got no closer that 11 the rest of the way.
Wehmeyer finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds and Garrett Dietsche scored 12. The Bombers snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 10-11 overall and 5-2 in league play.
Batesville got 16 points from J.P. Morgan. They fall to 2-18 and 0-7.
Mountain Home will return home Tuesday night to host Vilonia.
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