Black­hawks boys win re­gional ti­tle


Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH SCHOOL BASKEBALL - MIKE CAPSHAW Mike Capshaw can be reached at mcap­ or on Twit­ter @NWACappy.


WEST FORK — De­fense won the 4A North Re­gional Cham­pi­onship for Pea Ridge.

Well, de­fense and a bar­rage of long-range bombs that helped the Black­hawks turn a tight game early into a 54-37 blowout against Huntsville in Satur­day’s fi­nals at the Tiger Dome.

“That game was won on the de­fen­sive side of the ball,” said Pea Ridge coach Trent Loyd. “We came in with a lit­tle dif­fer­ent game plan with­out Brit­ton Caudill (bro­ken arm), so we knew we had to buckle down de­fen­sively and that’s what we did.”

Pea Ridge’s Joey Hall nearly shut out Huntsville scorer Ty Bo­han­non for the sec­ond time in a week. Hall, blan­ket­ing Bo­han­non’s ev­ery move, held the Ea­gles’ se­nior score­less in a 46-39 vic­tory in the 4A-1 Con­fer­ence fi­nals last Satur­day. This Satur­day, Bo­han­non pre­vented an­other goose egg with a late 3-pointer. Loyd said Hall did a great job “lock­ing him up, shirt-tail­ing him and re­ally caus­ing havoc on that side.”

Huntsville coach Jim Stafford agreed that Pea Ridge’s de­fense, es­pe­cially by Hall, was the dif­fer­ence.

“It will take a good team to beat them in state,” Satf­ford said. “Joey Hall is one of the bet­ter play­ers in north Ar­kan­sas. He’s a solid bas­ket­ball player and a re­ally good de­fender.”

But it wasn’t only Hall shin­ing de­fen­sively for Pea Ridge (30-2). Ju­nior Hay­den Holt­grewe drew two of the three charges whis­tled on Jack Eaton. The se­nior fin­ished with a team- high 13 points, although seven came from the free throw line for the Ea­gles (28-4).

Kobe Rose spot­ted up to drain a 3-pointer on Pea Ridge’s first pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half. Westin Church sank two more in the third quar­ter, in­clud­ing a dag­ger in the clos­ing sec­onds that pushed the lead to 36-20 and seemed to take the wind out of the Ea­gles. He fin­ished with 15 points while start­ing in place of Caudill.

Then in the fourth, Hall sank a 3-pointer on the first pos­ses­sion be­fore switch­ing the chan­nel to the Matt Thomas Show. Thomas was 3-of-3 from 3-point range and scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the fi­nal quar­ter.

“We shared the ball all night,” Loyd said. “Then you saw in the fourth quar­ter that what goes around comes around and we were able to get a lot of open looks for guys like Thomas be­cause they were shar­ing the ball early.”

Tempo in the first quar­ter was slow, which fa­vored Huntsville. The Ea­gles led by as many as three points twice be­fore Hall swished a 3-pointer from the top of the key to even the score at 9-9 at the end of the quar­ter.

“You’re al­ways con­cerned when you’re play­ing Huntsville and coach Stafford,” Loyd said. “But I thought our guys showed some re­silience to beat a good team for the sec­ond time in a week.”

Hall swished an­other 3-pointer on the Black­hawks’ first pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond quar­ter, which set the stage for an 11-2 scor­ing ad­van­tage that have Pea Ridge a 20-11 half­time lead. The run was fu­eled by four Huntsville turnovers, in­clud­ing Thomas tak­ing a charge on a drive by Eaton. Huntsville ........... 9 2 9 17 — 37 Pea Ridge........... 9 11 16 18 — 54

Huntsville (28-4): Eaton 13, Yar­brough 9, Pem­ber­ton 4, Scott 4, Siegrist 4, Bo­han­non 3.

Pea Ridge (30-2): Thomas 21, Church 15, Hall 13, Rose 5.



Ja­cob Chisum helped the Apaches ( 26-5) pull away from Subiaco Academy with a big sec­ond half.

The Pottsville ju­nior guard led his team with 15 points and helped them outscore the Tro­jans by six points in the sec­ond half of the three­p­oint vic­tory.

Subiaco Academy (16-13, which led 24-21 at half­time, was led by sopho­more point guard James Tay­lor with 17

points and 11 points by ju­nior Tyler Komp. Pottsville ............ 8 13 18 9— 48 Subiaco ............. 8 16 14 7— 45

Pottsville (26-5): Chisum 15, Heikes 9, Dun­lap 8, Porter 8, Prince 4, Reed 3, Huie 1.

Subiaco Academy (16-13): Tay­lor 17, Kemp 11, Janga 7, My­ers 6, O’Neal 2, Ten­cleve 2.


The Lady Bob­cats (21-12) ral­lied from a 10-point, third quar­ter deficit to claim the 4A North Re­gional Cham­pi­onship. It also snapped an 18- game win­ning streak by the Lady Hill­bil­lies ( 23-3), which pre­vi­ous two losses came against Class 7A Van Buren.

Lexy An­der­son scored 12 of her game-high 16 points to lead Berryville’s 22-10 ad­van­tage in the fourth quar­ter.

Ozark took its largest lead (37-27) with a 6-0 run that was capped off by free throws by Lexi Mc­Clel­lan and Me­gan Har­ris with 2 min­utes, 46 sec­onds re­main­ing in the third quar­ter.

Berryville closed out the third with a 4-0 run to set the stage for its big fourth quar­ter come­back. Fol­low­ing a 3-point play by Ozark Jes­sica Turner, An­der­son an­swered by bank­ing in a 3- pointer from the left wing that gave the Lady Bob­cats a 48-47 lead with 1: 02 re­main­ing. They never trailed again as they hit 5 of 6 free throw at­tempts in the fi­nal minute to close out the vic­tory.

Kel­cee Hop­per had 12 points for Berryville while Ariel Walker and Mc­Clel­lan com­bined for 25 points for the Lady Hill­bil­lies. Ozark................ 13 13 11 10 — 47 Berryville............ 5 16 10 22 — 53

Ozark (23-3): Walker 13, Mc­Clel­lan 12, Moore 10, Turner 7, Cage 5.

Berryville (21-12): An­der­son 16, Hop­per 12, A. Smith 8, B. Smith 8, Mor­rell 6, M. Smith 3.



A slug­gish sec­ond quar­ter spelled disas­ter for the host Lady Tigers (26-4) dur­ing the third-place game.

Af­ter lead­ing 15-11 at the end of the first quar­ter, West Fork was outscored 12-4 by Pottsville (18-11) in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Holly Grif­fin led West Fork with 13 points and Shan­non Throg­mor­ton chipped in 11.

Aspen and Sky­lar Camp­bell com­bined for 24 points for Pottsville. West Fork .......... 15 4 14 5— 38 Pottsville ........... 11 12 12 5— 40

West Fork (26-4): Grif­fin 13, Throg­mor­ton 11, Kutz 10, Green­lee 4.

Pottsville (18-11): A. Camp­bell 14, S. Camp­bell 10, Rust 6, Roy 6, Myer 3, Parker 3, Hamp­ton 1.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE

Joey Hall (cen­ter) of Pea Ridge moves in for a score past Jack Eaton (14) of Huntsville on Satur­day dur­ing the 4A North Re­gional Tour­na­ment at the Tiger Dome in West Fork. Visit­tos for more pic­tures from the cham­pi­onship games.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE

Jeanessa Smith (cen­ter) of Berryville tries to cor­ral the ball while split­ting Ozark’s Lexi Mc­Clel­lan (left) and Sydni Casto on Satur­day dur­ing the 4A North Re­gional Tour­na­ment.

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