The Mountain Home High School basketball teams began conference play on a rough note Friday, as they were swept at Jonesboro.
The evening began with the Lady Bombers falling to the Lady Hurricane 39-30. For the most part, both teams struggled offensively in the first half. Addison Yates hit a couple of threes in the second quarter to help give Mountain Home a five-point advantage at the break. The struggles continued for the Lady Bombers in the second half, as Jonesboro took the lead and did not relinquish it. The Lady Hurricane built an 11-point advantage in the final period. Mountain Home mounted a comeback, as they cut the margin to five, but misses from the field and the free throw line proved to be costly as Jonesboro went on to win by nine.
Yates led the Lady Bombers with 11 points. For the Lady Hurricane, Ereauna Hardaway scored 13 points, and Destiny Thomas added 10.
Mountain Home falls to 11-3 on the season and 0-1 in the 5A-East. Jonesboro improves to 7-6 and 1-0.
The Bombers did not fare any better in the boys’ game, as they fell to the Hurricane 50-31. Jonesboro built a double digit advantage mainly on the shooting of Jessie Washington, whose 15 of his 21 first half points came from behind the arc. The Hurricane was up 16 at the break, and the two teams played fairly even in the second half, as Mountain Home was not able to mount any sort of a comeback.
The Bombers were led by Wyatt Gilbert with 14 points, and Satch Harris chipped in 10. Washington had 23 points for Jonesboro, and Keylin McBride finished with 13.
Mountain Home drops to 9-5 on the year and 0-1 in the league. The Hurricane is now 8-5 and 1-0.
Mountain Home will head to Paragould on Tuesday, as they meet Greene County Tech.
In other 5A-East boys’ action, Searcy routed Paragould 59-34, Tech edged out Nettleton 58-56, and West Memphis defeated Marion 52-43. On the girls’ side, Paragould topped Searcy 44-34, Nettleton beat Tech 59-47, and West Memphis squeaked by Marion 50-48.
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