Viola girls win Williams Baptist tourney; Izard County boys finish 7th at Jonesboro

Photo: Viola’s A.J. McCandlis

The Viola High School girls’ basketball team was able to leave Walnut Ridge Saturday with the championship trophy of the Williams Baptist University High School Tournament. The Lady Longhorns, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, were able to get past top-seeded Marmaduke 46-44 in the finals.

Sami McCandlis led Viola with 14 points, and Lindsey Browning added 13. Sami McCandlis was joined by fellow Lady Longhorns A.J. McCandlis and Keyaira Moore on the All-Tournament team.

On the boys’ side, Viola was represented on the boys’ All-Tournament team by Gage Harris and Blaine Marberry. The Longhorns were knocked out of the tournament in the semifinal round on Friday.

Izard County’s boys were dominant in their final game of the Barry Pruitt Hurricane Classic at Jonesboro, as they finished in seventh place. The Cougars invoked the mercy rule, as they routed Brookland 62-32. Izard County was led by Caleb Faulkner with 20 points, and Dylan Tharp and Coby Everett chipped in 14 each. The Cougars improve to 10-3 on the season.

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