Black­hawk cagers sweep Golden Ar­row Tour­na­ment

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - SCHOOL/SPORTS - JOHN MCGEE Spe­cial to The TIMES

Heath Neal’s Lady ’Hawks and Trent Loyd’s Black­hawks swept through the field of the 2018 Golden Ar­row Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment to claim a pair of cham­pi­onships in Lavaca last week.

Both teams at­tended the same tour­na­ment last week in Lavaca with each squad com­ing back with the first place hard­ware in tow. The boys crushed Mag­a­zine 50-16, blew past de­fend­ing cham­pion County Line 4841, then whipped the host team Lavaca 57-52 in the fi­nals. The girls thumped Mag­a­zine 76-49 to start the tour­ney, got past La­mar 6357 in semi­fi­nal ac­tion, then beat Providence Academy 47-43 in the fi­nals.

The girls raised their sea­sons record to 8-2 with the boys im­prov­ing their sea­sonal mark to 7-1. Both vic­tory to­tals are cur­rently the best in the 4A clas­si­fi­ca­tion.

Game cap­sules:

First round Pea Ridge Girls 76, Mag­a­zine 49

The first quar­ter was an of­fen­sive ex­plo­sion for both sides with the ’Hawks rac­ing out to a nar­row 24-21 lead af­ter one pe­riod. While the Rattlers man­aged to rip three treys, the ’Hawks did them one bet­ter, can­ning four in the open­ing frame.

Kate­lyn Swope ripped three shots from down­town for nine points to spark the of­fense, with Hol­lyn Davis close be­hind nail­ing three field goals and a pair free throws for eight points. Maria Socha tossed in a trey, field goal and free throw with Blak­lelee Winn round­ing it out by scor­ing two from two from the char­ity stripe.

Pea Ridge put the pedal to the metal on of­fense in the sec­ond quar­ter, scor­ing 27 points while hold­ing the Rattlers to just four field goals and four free throws to jump out to a 51-34 lead at the break. Davis was vir­tu­ally un­stop­pable in the pe­riod, knock­ing down two treys and five field goals to rack up 16 points. Adams added two field goals, Winn hit three free throws and a goal, Socha was two for two from the line with Josey Gold­berg break­ing into the scor­ing col­umn with a free throw.

The game was de­cided in the third quar­ter as the ’Hawks went on to outscore Mag­a­zine 19-9 to head into the fourth quar­ter ahead 70-43. Swope hit the cy­cle, scor­ing a trey, field goal and free throw for 6 points with Winn also scor­ing 6 with three field goals. Socha added 5, with Davis and Day­berry scor­ing 2 each.

The re­serves mopped up in the fourth quar­ter with Ravin Cawthon, Gold­berg and Sa­man­tha Bott scor­ing goals as the ’Hawks won by a fi­nal of 76-49.

Davis led the way with 26, Winn 13, Socha 13, Swope 12, Adams 7, Gold­berg 3, with Day­berry, Bott and Cawthon all hav­ing 2.

Semi­fi­nal Pea Ridge Girls 63, La­mar 57

The Lady ’Hawks fell be­hind by a sin­gle point af­ter one pe­riod but raced past La­mar in the sec­ond quar­ter of the semi­fi­nals to get a healthy lead at the half, then held off their ral­lies for the re­main­der of the game.

Winn car­ried the of­fense in the open­ing frame, hit­ting a pair of goals and a field goal for 5 points. Ai­dan Day­berry hit a trey and Adams added a 2-pointer to ac­count for the of­fense.

Winn proved she was just get­ting started by adding 9 more points to spark the rally past La­mar. Socha added 4, Day­berry 3, and Davis 2 points as Pea Ridge as­sumed a 10-point lead at the break, 27-17.

The Black­hawk hot of­fense con­tin­ued to ring up the points as they scored 19 in the third pe­riod to blunt La­mar’s at­tempt to get back into the game. Davis led a bal­anced at­tack, hit­ting two 3s, with Adams and Winn hit­ting solo field goals and two free throws each for 4 points, Swope added a trey, with Day­berry hav­ing the other 2 points via the free throw line. The ’Hawks led 46-33 headed into the fi­nal pe­riod.

La­mar fi­nally hit their stride in the last quar­ter, exploding for 26 points to al­most dou­ble their point to­tal, but the ’Hawks kept click­ing, scor­ing 17 to keep the op­po­si­tion at bay. La­mar had to foul in the fad­ing min­utes but the ’Hawks re­sponded by sink­ing 11 of them.

Winn hit a pair of goals and a pair of free­bies with Swope toss­ing in five of six free throws to lead the charge. Adams scored 4 and Socha added 2 as Pea Ridge fin­ished up the vic­tory.

Winn led all scorers with 23, with Adams hav­ing 10, Davis, Swope, and Day­berry fin­ish­ing with 8 each and Socha scor­ing 6.

Fi­nals Pea Ridge Girls 47, Providence 43

The fi­nal was a barn burner as Rogers Providence Academy was as tena­cious as the Lady ’Hawks, re­fus­ing to fold as the game was not set­tled into the fi­nal mo­ments.

Providence took the early lead, ahead 10-9 at the first buzzer. Swope and Day­berry kept the ’Hawks close with suc­cess­ful shots from be­hind the arc, with Swope adding a reg­u­lar goal and Winn a free throw.

The ’Hawks forged ahead in the sec­ond pe­riod, outscor­ing their foes 16-11 to take a 4-point lead into the break, 25-21. Adams led the surge with a trey and two field goals for 7 points, with Winn, Day­berry and Cawthon all scor­ing 3.

The third quar­ter was a re­peat of the first, with Providence melt­ing the lead in large part to the ’Hawks go­ing one for five at the line. An Adams’ trey, Davis and Socha field goals, and a free throw by Winn kept the quar­ter deficit close as they were outscored 10-8 but still led 33-31 at the buzzer.

Providence had their best of­fense of the night in the fi­nal time frame, scor­ing 12, but the ’Hawks out­pro­duced them 14-12 to take the cham­pi­onship. Pea Ridge scored four field goals in the pe­riod, and went to the line 10 times, hit­ting six to thwart the op­po­si­tion rally. Winn scored 8 in the last quar­ter with Adams scor­ing 4 free throws and Swope the other 4 with two field goals.

Davis and Winn led the scor­ing with 13 each, with Swope and Day­berry next up with 6 each. Adams had 3, Cawthon 3, and Socha 2 for bal­ance of the of­fense.

Boys re­sults First round Pea Ridge boys 50, Mag­a­zine 16

The Black­hawk broke from the gate to dom­i­nate the Mag­a­zine Rattlers 5016 in first round ac­tion.

Nick Coble lit up the score­board with three treys in the first pe­riod along with a field goal. Peter­son added a 3-pointer and field goal with Will Feem­ster adding a free throw help drive the ’Hawks’ 17-8 lead af­ter one pe­riod.

Pea Ridge kept up the pres­sure in the sec­ond quar­ter, outscor­ing the Rattlers 13-5 to leap out to a 30-13 half­time lead. Lan­don Al­li­son, Coble, Feem­ster and Todd What­ley threw in field goals with Peter­son rip­ping a trey and field goal to drive the of­fense.

The third quar­ter left no doubt to the out­come as the scram­bling de­fense shut out the Rattlers com­pletely in the pe­riod. Wes Wales scored three times un­derneath with Coble scor­ing a bucket and two free throws with Peter­son adding another trey. The flurry put the game out of reach as the game went into mercy rule mode with Pea Ridge lead­ing 43-13.

The ab­bre­vi­ated fi­nal quar­ter saw the ’Hawks score 7 with Mag­a­zine scor­ing just 3. Ed­wards hit a 3 with Ma­zon Har­ris and Hunter Rains scor­ing field goals.

Coble led the scor­ing with 17 points with Peter­son scor­ing 13, Wales 6, Ed­wards 3, Feem­ster 3, Al­li­son 2, What­ley 2, Har­ris 2 and Rains 2.

Semi­fi­nals Pea Ridge boys 54, County Line 41

The Black­hawks broke open a tight game in the sec­ond quar­ter to de­feat the de­fend­ing tour­na­ment cham­pion County Line.

The ’Hawks pro­duced a bal­anced of­fense in the first quar­ter with all five starters record­ing a score in a 17-14 run to the first buzzer. Peter­son was the leader with a trey, field goal and free throw for 6 points. Feem­ster and Coble rat­tled in treys with Car­son Rhine scor­ing 3 via the char­ity stripe. Wales scored the other field goal.

The sec­ond pe­riod proved to be de­ci­sive as the ’Hawks pushed past County Line 10-6 in the pe­riod to as­sume a solid 27-20 half­time lead. Peter­son scored twice for 4 points with Coble, Wales and Feem­ster adding lone shots to build a 7-point lead.

County Line came out hard in the third quar­ter but could only knock a cou­ple of points off the deficit, win­ning the quar­ter 10-8. Coble car­ried the of­fense with a trey and field goal for 5 points while Peter­son hit a goal and Al­li­son sank a free throw as the ’Hawks headed into the fi­nal pe­riod with a 35-30 edge.

The ’Hawks were not to be de­nied by the team that de­feated them in the tour­ney cham­pi­onship game in 2017, outscor­ing County Line 13-11 in the fi­nal eight min­utes to take the vic­tory.

Peter­son nailed four of five free throws to frus­trate their op­po­nents’ come­back in the fi­nal min­utes, and he also scored a goal. Coble nailed a trey, with Feem­ster and Wales scor­ing goals to fin­ish off the game.

Peter­son led the scor­ing with 18, with Coble hit­ting 13, Feem­ster 7, Wales 6 and Rhine 3

Fi­nals Pea Ridge boys 57, Lavaca 52

The Black­hawks fought tooth and nail with the home boys on their own floor, over­com­ing a rash of called fouls to take home the cham­pi­onship over Lavaca 57-52.

The ’Hawks broke out on top af­ter the first quar­ter, but only by a sin­gle point, lead­ing 16-15. Al­li­son pumped in a pair of treys with Coble and Rhine strik­ing deep to spark the ini­tial lead. Feem­ster and Coble also dropped in 2-point­ers in the time frame.

The sec­ond quar­ter was more of the same with the ’Hawks an­swer­ing the Golden Ar­rows scores, adding an ex­tra point to out­point the hosts 15-14 and gain­ing a 31-29 half­time ad­van­tage. Rhine, Peter­son and What­ley all sank a trey and a field goal to pro­vide the of­fense.

Lavaca made a pitched ef­fort to erase the deficit but the ’Hawks matched their ef­forts point for point with each time scor­ing 14.

Coble was accurate be­hind the arc, driving three shots home for 9 points. Peter­son hit the ’Hawks’ fourth trey in the pe­riod with Wales adding a bucket in­side and Pea Ridge clung to their 2-point lead, 45-43 headed into the fi­nal pe­riod.

The ’Hawks did not back down, and de­fen­sive pres­sure held the Golden Ar­rows to sin­gle digit scor­ing to pave the way to vic­tory. Coble scored a trey and bucket, Peter­son sank a field goal and free throw, and Rhine dropped in four free throws on four at­tempts as the ’Hawks outscored the Ar­rows 12-9 to gather in a fi­nal 57-52 vic­tory.

Coble led scor­ing with 19, fol­lowed by Rhine with 12, Peter­son 11, Al­li­son 6, Wha­ley 5, Wales 2 and Feem­ster 2.

Pho­to­graphs cour­tesy of Jen­nifer Al­li­son

The Lady Black­hawks took first place in the Golden Ar­row Tour­na­ment in Lavaca this past week with wins over Mag­a­zine 76-49, La­mar 63-57 and Providence Academy 47-43.

The Pea Ridge Black­hawks won first place in the Golden Ar­row Tour­na­ment in Lavaca as they crushed Mag­a­zine 50-16, blew past de­fend­ing cham­pion County Line 48-41, then whipped the host team Lavaca 57-52 in the fi­nals.

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