MH sweeps Jonesboro to start 2nd half of conference slate

The Mountain Home High School basketball teams began the second half of conference action Friday by sweeping Jonesboro at the Hangar.

The Lady Bombers were able to come from behind to edge out the Lady Hurricane 41-40 in overtime. The two teams went back and forth several times early on, as Mountain Home ended the opening quarter with a one-point lead. Jonesboro led for much of the remainder of regulation. The Lady Hurricane built a 35-26 advantage in the final period, but the Lady Bombers then went on a 9-0 run largely led by Kate Gilbert, who was battling an illness. That run forced overtime, and in the extra period, Leah Jackson sank a three to put Mountain Home up for good. Emma Martin sank two clutch free throws with 12 1/2 seconds left to make it a four-point game. Ereauna Hardaway hit a three for Jonesboro to cut the margin to one, but with 3/10 of a second left, the Lady Bombers were able to inbound the ball and run out the clock.
Gilbert led Mountain Home with 14 points, and Addison Yates added 11. For the Lady Hurricane, Destiny Salary scored 19 points before fouling out, and Hardaway chipped in 15.
The Lady Bombers improve to 17-4 on the season and 6-2 in the 5A-East. Jonesboro falls to 11-9 and 5-3.

The Golden Hurricane came into the boys’ game ranked fourth in Class 5A by the Arkansas Sports Media, but Mountain Home handed them their second conference loss with a 51-44 decision. After the game was tied at 2-2, the Bombers led for the remainder of the first half, but Jonesboro kept it close throughout by forcing Mountain Home into 15 turnovers. The Hurricane took its first lead in the third quarter, and the two teams would exchange the lead five more times, along with three additional ties. The Bombers would go back up by three possessions in the final quarter, as they went 13 of 15 from the free throw line in the period, and they went on to win by seven.
Mountain Home was led by Wyatt Gilbert with 18 points, and Mat Jones had 10. Keylin McBride finished with 11 points for Jonesboro.
The Bombers are now 12-9 on the year and 3-5 in the league. The Hurricane drops to 13-7 and 6-2.

Mountain Home will wrap up its three-game home stand Tuesday taking on Greene County Tech.

In other 5A-East boys’ action, Searcy defeated Paragould 60-42, Tech beat Nettleton 64-58, and Marion topped West Memphis 62-55. On the girls’ side, Paragould picked up a 41-24 victory over Searcy, Nettleton routed Tech 75-50, and West Memphis defeated Marion 50-32.

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