Hen­der­son hosts Hard­ing in re­gional show­down

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ARKADELPHIA — Early fron­trun­ners in the Great Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence are set to duel to­day at the Duke Wells Cen­ter when Hen­der­son State faces off against Hard­ing.

The women’s game is sched­uled to tip off at 1 p.m. with the men’s game to fol­low at 3 p.m. All fans who bring a toy for do­na­tion will re­ceive free en­try to both con­tests as part of Hen­der­son’s an­nual An­gel Tree game.

Hen­der­son (6-1, 2-0) checked in at No. 8 in the most re­cent Divi­sion II Sports In­for­ma­tion Di­rec­tors of Amer­ica Cen­tral Re­gion Poll with Hard­ing (6-1, 2-0) at No. 6. The top eight teams in the re­gional rank­ings at the end of the year will earn bids to the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

The Red­dies coasted past NAIA op­po­nent Wi­ley Col­lege (2-5), 61-45, in their home opener on Tues­day.

To­day’s meet­ing is the 56th all-time be­tween Hen­der­son and Hard­ing. The Lady Bisons lead the se­ries, 29-26.

Men

Hen­der­son’s men’s bas­ket­ball team is look­ing for its third straight win against Hard­ing.

The Red­dies (6-2, 1-1) swept the Bisons (4-3, 2-0) last sea­son for the first time since the 200506 sea­son.

Hen­der­son scored 58 points in the paint and 31 points off of turnovers in the team’s home opener on Tues­day, a 97-58 win against Ok­la­homa Pan­han­dle State (6-2). All 12 Red­dies to play in the game scored.

Hard­ing’s Jeff Mor­gan is the long-tenured coach in the GAC. He has won 421 games in 26 sea­sons with the Bisons.

Junior Wolves’ record re­mains un­blem­ished

CON­WAY — Lake Hamilton’s junior Wolves earned a 6844 road win on Thurs­day against Con­way’s Blue team.

Gavin Rob­bins led all scor­ers with 22 points and Chase Jes­sup scored 15. Zac Pen­ning­ton, Ethan Wat­son and Cade Robinson added 12, nine and eight points, re­spec­tively.

The junior Wolves will be at home on Mon­day in a bat­tle of un­beat­ens against Lake­side. Girls

Lake Hamilton’s junior high girls’ bas­ket­ball team lost, 47-36, at Con­way Blue.

The junior Lady Wolves faced a 16-5 deficit af­ter the first quar­ter. They trailed, 31-16, at the half­time break.

The junior Lady Wam­pus Cats shot 50 per­cent in the first half from be­hind the 3-point line. The hosts did not miss a shot in the open­ing quar­ter.

“We came out stronger in the sec­ond half and won the sec­ond half by four points, but Con­way is such a good team, and a 15 point deficit is so hard to come back from in a junior high game against a team like them,” said Lake Hamilton junior high coach Mari­beth Richards.

Hayleigh Wyrick led all scor­ers with 16 points as Con­way Blue fin­ished with four play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures. Ginny Higginbotham added eight points for Lake Hamilton.

The junior Lady Wolves have a home game on Mon­day against Lake­side.

Cen­ter­point clips FL to close Poyen tour­ney

POYEN — Cen­ter­point’s junior high girls’ bas­ket­ball team topped Fountain Lake, 36-26, on Thurs­day in Poyen’s tour­na­ment.

The junior Lady Co­bras (7-3) car­ried a lead into the fourth quar­ter. They trailed, 9-5, af­ter the open­ing quar­ter, but they surged ahead, 18-13, by the end of the half.

Cen­ter­point made it a one­point game, 24-23, by the end of the third quar­ter. The junior Lady Knights won the fourth quar­ter, 11-2, to take the win.

Fountain Lake al­most shut out Mag­net Cove on Wed­nes­day in the tour­na­ment. The lead was

10-0 af­ter the first quar­ter and it dou­bled to 20-0 by half­time.

Mag­net Cove got its only points of the game in the third quar­ter. The mar­gin was 25-2 by the end of the quar­ter be­fore Fountain Lake fin­ished off the

33-2 win.

Kara Martin was the lead­ing scorer with 15 points. Elizabeth Roark added six points.

Boys

Fountain Lake (7-3) also won the boys’ game be­tween the two teams on Wed­nes­day.

The junior Co­bras inched ahead, 11-0, af­ter one quar­ter and took a 15-12 ad­van­tage into the half­time break. The won the third quar­ter, 15-1, and pulled away for a 40-21 win.

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