La­mar de­feats Charleston, grabs re­gional ti­tle


Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH SCHOOL BASKEBALL - HAROLD MCILVAIN II


CHARLESTON — La­mar coach Kevin Kyzer has been proud of what se­nior guard Zed­er­ick Lee has done all sea­son long for the War­riors.

Lee stepped up again Satur­day night to lead the way for La­mar in a 68-58 vic­tory against Charleston in the cham­pi­onship game of the Class 3A Re­gion 1 Tour­na­ment at the Tiger Cen­ter.

“Lee has been a great leader for us and he is mak­ing ev­ery­body around us bet­ter as well,” Kyzer said. “He has re­ally stepped up for us the last few weeks. I can’t be more proud of him.”

Lee fin­ished with a game­high 22 points, in­clud­ing mak­ing seven of eight free throws in the fourth quar­ter to help hold the vic­tory down the stretch.

Charleston took a 32-29 lead into half­time with a late scor­ing surge from Bran­don Fenner. He was held score­less un­til there was less than three min­utes to play in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Fenner, the state record holder for most 3-point bas­kets, scored in bunches af­ter hit­ting a 3-point bas­ket for his first points of the game.

Fenner scored the Tigers’ last seven points of the sec­ond quar­ter to help erase a 27-22 La­mar lead late in the first half.

But La­mar ( 26- 5) took over in the third quar­ter, us­ing an 18- 5 run af­ter a Charleston tech­ni­cal foul to take a 52-43 lead head­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

The War­riors didn’t look back af­ter that.

“No doubt we played well in that third quar­ter,” Kyzer said. “We did a bet­ter job run­ning our of­fense in that quar­ter. With these guys it isn’t al­ways pretty, but they play hard for you.”

La­mar made 8 of 14 field­goal at­tempts in the third quar­ter while Charleston made just 5 of 11 at­tempts from the field.

“They got on us a lit­tle bit there,” Charleston coach B.J. Ross said. “We were on the op­po­site end of some calls. Ei­ther way I’m not go­ing to ar­gue about that. We missed too many shots, and they made them. That’s what hap­pened there.”

Charleston ( 21-10) was able to cut the fourth-quar­ter lead to 57-51 with a dunk from se­nior Phillip Hamp­ton. But the Tigers were outscored 11-7 down the stretch as La­mar pulled away.

“This group brings it night af­ter night,” Kyzer said. “We might not have a good shoot­ing night, but we will find a way to win the game. It’s a re­ally tough bunch right now go­ing into state.”

The loss snapped an 11- game win­ning streak for Charleston, but Ross said his team feels good head­ing into the 3A state tour­na­ment.

“We have won a bunch of games in a row,” Ross said. “Some­times it’s good to get beat head­ing into the state tour­na­ment. It can be a thing that isn’t bad for you. We are go­ing to em­brace it and move on.”

La­mar’s Al­bert Boyce scored 16 points, Chris­tian Bee­man added 13 and Porter An­der­son had 10 to help the well- balanced War­rior of­fense.

Fenner led the way for Charleston with a team-high 15 points. Hamp­ton also added 12 for the Tigers.

Charleston build a 10- 6 lead early with the help of an 8-0 run in the first quar­ter. La­mar bat­tled back to cut the lead to 14-13 head­ing into the sec­ond quar­ter.

The War­riors took a 1914 lead scor­ing the first six points of the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore the Tigers closed out the first half strong to take back the lead.

“We just hung in there and took care of what we needed to,” Kyzer said. “We were able to come back and score a few more points in the sec­ond half.”

La­mar .............. 13 16 23 16 — 68 Charleston ........ 14 18 11 15 — 58 La­mar (26-5): Lee 22, Boyce 16, Bee­man 13, An­der­son 10, War­ren 7.

Charleston (21-10): Fenner 15, Hamp­ton 12, Row­land 6, Ewing 6, Green 6, B. Row­land 6, Can­dle 5, Lea 2.


Kris Gra­ham scored a team-high 16 points to lead the way for the Ea­gles (23-9). Tyler Atchi­son and Pre­ston Drewry had 12 points each, while Ta­lik Robinson and Nate David­son added 10 apiece.

Jessieville (22-10) was led by Alex Burleson’s game­high 22 points. Dy­lan An­der­son, Sawyer Lamb and Steven Ben­son all added 10 points each for the Li­ons.

Jessieville was able to take a slim 16-15 lead af­ter the first quar­ter be­fore Paris tied the game at 27-27 at half­time.

Paris then outscored Jessieville 15-11 in the third quar­ter and held on to pull away with the vic­tory in the fi­nal quar­ter.

Paris ............... 15 12 15 24 — 66 Jessieville ........ 16 11 11 23 — 61 Paris (23-9): Gra­ham 16, Atchi­son 12, Drewry 12, Robinson 10, David­son 10, Vaughn 6. Jessieville (22-10): Burleson 22, An­der­son 10, Lamb 10, Ben­son 10, Shif­flett 4, Barnett 3, Bear­don 2.


Jessieville se­nior Kel­lie Lampo made the back end of two free-throw at­tempts to send the game to over­time, but La­mar pulled away in the ex­tra time.

Jessieville was held score­less in over­time, miss­ing two free- throw at­tempts and three field goals while turn­ing the ball over three times.

Madi­son Wyles opened over­time with a 3- point bas­ket for La­mar. The Lady War­riors didn’t look back af­ter that to win the Class 3A Re­gion 1 Tour­na­ment at the Tiger Cen­ter.

Wyles led the way, scor­ing a team- high 20 points. Fresh­man guard Lakyn Sanders also had 16 and Sarah Ross added 10 points for the Lady War­riors.

Lampo scored a game­high 25 points for Jessieville de­spite play­ing in foul trou­ble through­out the game. She picked up three fouls in the first quar­ter. Lampo fouled out with two min­utes, 27 sec­onds left in over­time.

Faith Brat­ton scored 15 points, while Makayla Wil­son fin­ished with 12 points for the Lady Li­ons.

Jessieville took a 25-23 lead into half­time with the help of a 12- 4 run to close out the sec­ond quar­ter.

La­mar scored the last four points of the first quar­ter to take a 15-11 lead af­ter the ini­tial quar­ter of the game.

The Lady War­riors pushed its ad­van­tage out to 19-13 early in the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore Jessieville made its late first-half run.

La­mar turned the ball over just eight times while Jessieville fin­ished with 28 in the game.

La­mar .......... 15 8 14 18 9— 64 Jessieville .... 11 14 13 17 0— 55 La­mar (29-2): Wyles 20, Sanders 16, Ross 16, Wilkins 8, Pelts 4, Wy­att 3, Wise 2, English 1. Jessieville (26-5): Lampo 25, Brat­ton 15, Wil­son 12, Carter 3.


Green­land bounced back a day af­ter a loss to gain some mo­men­tum head­ing into the Class 3A state tour­na­ment.

The Lady Pi­rates used strong per­for­mances from McKayla Red­mond, who had a game-high 20 points, and Saphire Os­burn, who added 17.

Red­mond made five 3-point­ers in the game and got the of­fense go­ing early with two in the first quar­ter of the game.

Hat­tie Ne­whart scored a team- high 13 points for Charleston (19-11). Jada McDow­ell also added 12.

Os­burn scored just two points in the first quar­ter but got it go­ing quickly af­ter that fin­ish­ing with six of the team’s eight sec­ond-quar­ter points.

Charleston ........ 14 12 7 11 — 44 Green­land ......... 21 8 20 12 — 61 Charleston (19-11): Ne­whart 13, McDow­ell 12, McKen­zie 8, Green 5, Long 4, Rudd 2. Green­land (24-6): Red­mond 20, Os­burn 17, Boone 9, Rogers 7, Wil­son 4, Pick­ett 4.

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