There was plenty of high school basketball Thursday in Mountain Home, as the First Arkansas Bail Bonds Tournament got underway, and it turned out to be a successful night for the home teams. Matt Sharp has the details.
The Bomber boys pulled away in the second half for a 44-27 victory over Hamburg. The game went back-and-forth in the first half with three ties and three lead changes between the two teams. Mountain Home took a five-point advantage into the break. Mat Jones sat out much of the first half in foul trouble, but his attacks to the basket in the third quarter helped propel the Bombers in getting some distance from the Lions, and Mountain Home went on to win by 17.
Wyatt Gilbert led the Bombers with 21 points. For Hamburg, Trey Brown scored 16. Mountain Home improves to 6-4 on the season, and the Lions fall to 4-5.
The Bombers’ semifinal opponent will be Junction City. The Dragons edged out Cave City 45-42. In the other boys’ games, Flippin squeaked by Clarendon 53-51 in overtime, and Farmington beat Paragould 56-38.
Mountain Home’s girls were dominant in their tournament opener, as they routed Junction City 64-16. The Lady Dragons were held to just one free throw in the opening quarter, as they struggled against the Lady Bombers’ defense. Junction City was able to get some layups in the second quarter, but they were held to one free throw and no field goals in the entire second half.
Mountain Home was led by Emily Payne and Abigail Hodges with 11 points each. Bryanna Raye had 10 points for the Lady Dragons. The Lady Bombers are now 8-2 on the year, and Junction City drops to 0-3.
Mountain Home will be paired with Watson Chapel in the semifinals. Watson Chapel got past Har-Ber 59-57 in a battle between Lady Wildcats. In the other girls’ games, Farmington pounded Highland 69-36, and Rogers was a 38-34 winner over Paragould.
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