Gainesville girls fall in Sparta semifinals; Viola splits in George Kell Classic semis

The Gainesville High School girls’ basketball team had a tough night Friday in the semifinals of the Sparta Lady Trojans Tournament, as they fell to Blue Eye 62-42. The Lady Bulldogs were scheduled to face Chadwick for third place on Saturday, but the game is postponed due to the threat of inclement weather.

Viola ended up splitting with Tuckerman in the semifinals of the George Kell Classic at Swifton. The Lady Longhorns invoked the mercy rule, as they pounded the Lady Bulldogs 55-18. Viola’s boys did not fare as well, as they lost to Tuckerman 51-50.

Elsewhere, Norfork ended up with one win, as they hosted Izard County for three games.
The Lady Panthers had the lone victory, as they beat the Lady Cougars 58-41. Allison Newman was Izard County’s top scorer with 16 points.
Norfork’s fortunes were different in the senior boys’ contest, as they fell to Izard County 91-51. Coby Everett paced the Cougars with 32 points, Caleb Faulkner ended up with 16, and Isaac Jones added 11. Izard County improves to 21-5 overall and 10-0 in the 1A-2.
The evening began with the junior boys’ game as Norfork lost to Izard County 49-41. The Junior Cougars were led by Jude Everett with 22 points, and Noah Steven chipped in 12. Izard County is now 10-5 on the season and 4-1 in the conference.

Yellville-Summit’s high school teams ended up sweeping Decatur at home. The Panthers beat up on the Bulldogs 69-40 in the boys’ game. Yellville-Summit also took the girls’ contest 33-20 over Decatur.

It was not a successful road trip for Bruno-Pyatt, as they were swept at Omaha. The Lady Patriots fell to the Lady Eagles 53-34. Bruno-Pyatt also lost the boys’ game to Omaha 67-27.

Bakersfield’s boys had a rough showing in front of the home crowd. The Lions fell to Thayer 65-29.

The Gainesville boys suffered the same fate as Bakersfield with a home loss. The Bulldogs fell to Conway 67-50.

Salem’s boys went on the road to face another group of Greyhounds. Salem lost to Sloan-Hendrix 42-37 at Imboden.

Mammoth Spring picked up a pair of high school wins at Armorel.
The Lady Bears were able to get past the Lady Tigers 57-51. Lauren Mitchell was Mammoth Spring’s leading scorer with 20 points, Shelby VanGinhoven had 12, and Terra Godwin provided 11. The Lady Bears improve to 16-4 on the season and 5-0 in the 1A-3, and they’ll head to Lynn next Friday to face Hillcrest.
Mammoth Spring’s boys later edged out Armorel 44-42. Alex Mero led the Bears with 18 points, Cole Young scored 12, and Dillon Savage added 10. Mammoth Spring is now 12-9 on the year and 5-2 league play, and they’ll be in Paragould on Tuesday to meet Crowley’s Ridge Academy.

Calico Rock had mixed results in its high school games at Lead Hill. The Lady Pirates beat the Lady Tigers 52-45. It was a different result in the boys’ game, as Calico Rock fell to Lead Hill 49-33.

Marshall’s high school teams ended up splitting its games at Clinton. The Lady Bobcats topped the Lady Yellowjackets 51-33. Marshall did not fare as well in the boys’ game, as they lost to Clinton 80-67.

Mountain View came away with a split, as they hosted Bergman. The Lady Yellowjackets defeated the Lady Panthers 47-40. Mountain View had a different result in the boys’ game, as they fell to Bergman 51-37.

Rural Special also had a home split, as they took on Guy-Perkins. The Lady Rebels put the mercy rule in effect, as they destroyed the Lady Thunderbirds 63-24. Rural Special came up just short in the boys’ game, as they lost to Guy-Perkins 56-53.

Valley Springs had mixed results, as they went to Rose Bud. The Tigers dominated the Ramblers 76-24 in the boys’ game. In the girls’ contest, Valley Springs fell to Rose Bud 36-31.

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