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Photographs by Andy Shupe

Springdale Har-Ber boys basketball coach Scott Bowlin directs his team against Webb City, Mo., in a game earlier this season. Har-Ber has won nine straight games heading into a 7A-West Conference showdown tonight at Bentonville High.

SPRINGDALE HAR-BER

One down, one to go

Today’s Games

7A-West

Bentonville West at Springdale High

Rogers High at Fayetteville

Springdale Har-Ber at Bentonville High

Van Buren at Rogers Heritage

7A-Central

Bryant at LR Central

Cabot at Conway

FS Northside at Mount St. Mary

North Little Rock at FS Southside

6A/5A-1

Farmington at Clarksville

Greenwood at Harrison

Siloam Springs at Alma

6A/5A-2

Batesville at Vilonia

Greenbrier at Searcy

Morrilton at Mountain Home

6A/5A-3

Forrest City at Blytheville

Jonesboro at Paragould

Marion at Valley View

Nettleton at Greene Co. Tech

West Memphis at Wynne

6A/5A-4

Jacksonville at LR Parkview

LR Hall at LR Christian

Pulaski Academy at LR Fair

Sylvan Hills at Maumelle

6A/5A-5

Mills at LR McClellan

Pine Bluff at Benton

White Hall at Sheridan

6A/5A-6

Hope at El Dorado

Hot Springs Lakeside at Magnolia

Lake Hamilton at Camden Fairview

Texarkana at De Queen

4A/3A-1

Elkins at Prairie Grove

Gentry at Lincoln

Haas Hall at Greenland

Shiloh Christian at Gravette

West Fork at Pea Ridge

4A/3A-2

Huntsville at Berryville

Yellville-Summit at Valley Springs

4A/3A-4

Harrisburg at Gosnell

Jonesboro Westside at Osceola

Rivercrest at Brookland

Riverside at Manila

4A/3A-5

Charleston at Paris

Ozark at Booneville

Mansfield at Cedarville

Subiaco at Waldron

4A/3A-6

Dover at Atkins

Lamar at Pottsville

Perryville at Dardanelle

Two Rivers at Clinton

4A/3A-7

Cedar Ridge at Bald Knob

Harding Academy at Tuckerman

Heber Springs at SS Batesville

Mountain View at Rose Bud

Newport at Riverview

4A/3A-8

Centerpoint at Bismarck

Glen Rose at Gurdon

Harmony Grove at Fountain Lake

Jessieville at Arkadelphia

4A/3A-9

Baptist Prep at Episcopal

eStem at Bauxite

LISA Academy at Central Ark. Christian

Lonoke at Joe T. Robinson

4A/3A-10

Barton at Dollarway

Dumas at Helena-West Helena

KIPP Delta at Stuttgart

Marianna at DeWitt

4A/3A-11

Ashdown at Horatio

Cossatot River at Prescott

Fouke at Nashville

Genoa Central at Mena

4A/3A-12

Crossett at Drew Central

Hamburg at Junction City

Monticello at Lake Village

Smackover at McGehee

Warren at Fordyce

2A/1A-1

Decatur at Omaha

Kingston at Alpena

2A/1A-2

St. Joe at Jasper

2A/1A-3

Calico Rock at Flippin

Izard County at Cotter

Mammoth Spring at Salem

Viola at Norfork

2A/1A-4

Hillcrest at Rector

Marmaduke at Crowley’s Ridge

Maynard at Ridgefield Christian

2A/1A-5

County Line at Hartford

Lavaca at Hackett

Mulberry at Union Christian

2A/1A-6

Oark at Magazine

Scranton at Hector

Western Yell Co. at Danville

2A/1A-7

Bigelow at Guy-Perkins

Conway Christian at Mount Vernon-Enola

Nemo Vista at Wonderview

Quitman at Sacred Heart

St. Joseph at South Side Bee Branch

2A/1A-8

Concord at West Side Greers Ferry

Pangburn at Midland

Rural Special at Timbo

2A/1A-9

Brinkley at Bradford

McCrory at Des Arc

Palestine-Wheatley at White Co. Central

2A/1A-10

Armorel at Buffalo Island

Bay at East Poinsett County

2A/1A-11

Acorn at Umpire

Kirby at Mount Ida

2A/1A-12

Cutter Morning Star at Ouachita

Magnet Cove at Poyen

2A/1A-13

Carlisle at Abundant Life

Clarendon at LISA North

Marvell at Jacksonville Lighthouse

2A/1A-14

Blevins at Mineral Springs

Spring Hill at Foreman

2A/1A-15

Bradley at Parkers Chapel

Emerson at Lafayette County

Strong at Nevada

2A/1A-16

Bearden at Woodlawn

Hermitage at Dermott

Rison at Hampton

NONCONFERENCE

Beebe at Russellville

Eureka Springs at Western Grove

Johnson Co. Westside at Bergman

Mayflower at Malvern

Mountain Pine at Maumelle Charter

St. Paul at Deer

7A-West Conference Statistics

Conference games only

Boys

TEAM OFFENSE^G^PTS^AVG

Fayetteville^2^141^70.5

Bentonville^2^134^67.0

Springdale Har-Ber^2^126^63.0

Bentonville West^2^99^49.5

Rogers Heritage^2^95^47.5

Springdale High^2^92^46.0

Rogers High^2^92^46.0

Van Buren^2^81^40.5

TEAM DEFENSE^G^PTS^AVG

Rogers Heritage^2^87^43.5

Bentonville West^2^94^47.0

Springdale Har-Ber^2^97^48.5

Springdale High^2^104^52.0

Van Buren^2^106^53.0

Rogers High^2^117^58.5

Fayetteville^2^127^63.5

Bentonville^2^128^64.0

LEADING SCORERS

PLAYER, SCHOOL^G^PTS^AVG

Hutchinson, Bentonville^2^61^30.5

T.Garrett, Springdale Har-Ber^2^46^23.0

Perry, Springdale Har-Ber^2^43^21.5

Cooper, Fayetteville^2^41^20.5

Stanley, Rogers Heritage^2^39^19.5

Kindrix, Van Buren^2^31^15.5

Fitch, Springdale High^2^27^13.5

Scales, Springdale High^2^25^12.5

Miller, Rogers High^2^25^12.5

Morgan, Fayetteville^2^23^11.5

Hornsby, Bentonville West^2^23^11.5

J.West, Van Buren^2^22^11.0

Johnson, Fayetteville^2^22^11.0

Dake, Rogers High^2^22^11.0

Simmons, Bentonville^2^21^10.5

Collier Blackburn, Bentonville West^2^21^10.5

Paschall, Rogers High^2^20^10.0

Girls

TEAM OFFENSE^G^PTS^AVG

Fayetteville^2^123^61.5

Springdale High^2^104^52.0

Springdale Har-Ber^2^91^45.5

Van Buren^2^88^44.0

Rogers High^2^85^42.5

Bentonville^2^84^42.0

Bentonville West^2^70^35.0

Rogers Heritage^2^67^33.5

TEAM DEFENSE^G^PTS^AVG

Van Buren^2^61^30.5

Springdale High^2^79^39.5

Rogers High^2^79^39.5

Rogers Heritage^2^81^40.5

Fayetteville^2^93^46.5

Bentonville West^2^105^52.5

Bentonville^2^106^53.0

Springdale Har-Ber^2^108^54.0

LEADING SCORERS

PLAYER, SCHOOL^G^PTS^AVG

M. Davis, Springdale High^2^63^31.5

Goforth, Fayetteville^2^47^23.5

Kinney, Van Buren^2^36^18.0

Loyd, Rogers High^2^33^16.5

Mains, Springdale Har-Ber^2^30^15.0

Franklin, Fayetteville^2^28^14.0

Dauda, Bentonville^2^27^13.5

Hawkins, Bentonville^2^27^13.5

Shannon, Springdale Har-Ber^2^19^9.5

Smith, Springdale Har-Ber^2^19^9.5

Beck, Fayetteville^2^18^9.0

Collins, Springdale Har-Ber^2^17^8.5

Menke, Rogers Heritage^2^17^8.5

Sandoval, Van Buren^2^16^8.0

Seiler, Rogers Heritage^2^16^8.0

Kash, Bentonville West^2^16^8.0

Vogel, Springdale High^2^14^7.0

Figenskau, Rogers High^2^14^7.0

Springdale Har-Ber survived the first of an important two-game road test Tuesday with a 55-49 victory at Springdale High.

Now, it's on to Bentonville High (10-3, 2-0), which is tied with Har-Ber (13-3, 2-0) and Rogers Heritage (13-2, 2-0) for first place in the 7A-West. Bentonville set up tonight's showdown with a 56-52 overtime victory over Van Buren on Tuesday. Bentonville is No. 6 and Har-Ber No. 7 in the Democrat-Gazette's boys overall Top 10 poll.

"That's life in the 7A-West," Har-Ber coach Scott Bowlin said his team's challenging week.

Har-Ber had to fight off Springdale High (9-6, 0-2) after the Wildcats grabbed a 16-6 lead after one quarter. The game was still in doubt until late in the fourth quarter when senior Tyler Garrett drew a charging call against Springdale center Carl Fitch, who fouled out. Har-Ber made 15 of 22 free throws and held on for its ninth straight victory after Springdale missed three consecutive 3-point attempts in the final seconds.

"I've got to give (coach) Jeremy (Price) and those kids over there a lot of credit," Bowlin said. "They threw everything at us and had us on the ropes for a while. But good teams find ways to win."

Tylor Perry added 16 points to help carry the scoring load for Har-Ber. Center Josh Ezell contributed a rebound basket late and Austin Garrett helped slow Trentez Scales, a standout sophomore guard who finished with 11 points.

"Austin's a sophomore and he did a really good job," Bowlin said. "He contained (Scales), especially the last three or four minutes."

-- Rick Fires • @NWARick

GREENWOOD

Depth key for Lady Bulldogs

It's hard for Greenwood's opponents to focus on any one player because it has so many different options.

Lady Bulldogs coach Clay Reeves said eight different players have led the team in scoring through their first 17 games.

"We have a great team philosophy," Reeves said. "Some nights it's our post players and some nights the points come from the guards.

Class 6A Greenwood (10-7) has won three straight this month, after going .500 through a rigorous nonconference schedule. The latest win came against Farmington, which is considered one of the better teams in Class 5A.

The Lady Bulldogs also have a young team in addition to being athletic and deep. Kaila Cartwright is the lone senior on the roster, which includes five freshmen who all see action.

Junior Kyiah Julian leads the team in scoring, averaging between 12 and 13 points per game, while half a dozen others average between six and eight points per game. Freshman Kinley Fisher starts at the point.

Cartwright is a versatile player in addition to being a good leader, Reeves said.

"As a 10th-grader, we played her more in the post, but last year more as a guard," Reeves said. "This year she's more of a forward. We feel like we can count on her. She's got the most experience and she's played in all different situations."

Despite the youth, Reeves believes this team has what it takes to peak in the postseason.

"I feel like we've got the players and the team to compete for a state championship," Reeves said.

-- Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

ROGERS HERITAGE

Lady War Eagles need to finish

Rogers Heritage coach Scott Moore has been pleased with his team's energy and intensity, particularly on the defensive end. But the Lady War Eagles still came up just short in both of their first two 7A-West Conference games.

Moore focused on improving the team's defense in the offseason and that's been a strong point as Springdale High only scored 45 points and Rogers High managed just 36.

But Heritage (5-9, 0-2 7A-West) also needs to focus on putting the ball in the basket, Moore said.

"They are going and doing the hard work, running the plays and setting the screens," Moore said. "They just need to reward themselves by putting the ball in the hole. We have missed 40 shots in the paint in the last two ballgames. We have been down one with two minutes to go in each game.

"Defensively, we've executed our game plan perfectly in last two games. We've been really pleased with how the girls have bought into our philosophy and they're really starting to gel as a team."

Heritage has a solid inside-outside combination as senior post player Brooke Menke leads the team averaging 10.5 points per game. Sophomore guard Pam Seiler, who had 31 in a win earlier this season, averages just a shade under 10 per game.

-- Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

BERRYVILLE

Lady Bobcats are rolling

The Berryville girls are off to a scorching 17-1 start, but coach Daniel Cornelison said he knew back in the summer this season had a chance to be special.

The Lady Bobcats have been close to bringing a state championship to Carroll County the past two seasons, losing in the Class 4A state semifinals twice. A trio of juniors have been mainstays since their freshman season, and their growth and maturity has the team playing its best basketball, Cornelison said.

"They have grown up together," the coach said of the trio of Bailey Smith, Hannah Morrell, and Kelcee Hopper. "They all played significant minutes as freshmen. We had a great summer last summer and you could see the light bulb start to come on for them."

Smith leads the team in scoring at 13 per game with Hopper close behind at 11. The 6-foot-1 Morrell is scoring at about 9 points per game to go along with 8 rebounds.

Berryville's only loss came to Pocahontas in the Lady Bobcats' holiday tournament. Cornelison said the loss served as a wakeup call to his team.

"It was a stinging loss, but tip your hat to Pocahontas," he said. "Our kids felt like they should have won the game and they came back to practice the next day dedicated not to let that happen again."

Berryville earned a big road win last Friday at Valley Springs and faces another tough road test today at Huntsville.

-- Chip Souza • @NWAChip

VALLEY SPRINGS

Hanney's young team surging

Blake Hanney said his hiring at Valley Springs was "a bang-bang decision" last spring. That could also be another way to describe his team's 20-5 start to the season.

The Tigers employ an up-tempo attack fueled by a swarming full-court press. The result has been nothing short of a success as Valley Springs is 5-0 in league play after Tuesday's win against Green Forest.

"We like to shoot the ball," Hanney said. "When we get the ball, we're gone. We try to score in transition first, then if we have to, we'll run some half-court, but we'd prefer to get it and go."

Hanney was hired last spring to replace longtime coach Johnny Taylor. Hanney previously coached at Salem, but played at NorthArk CC, where former coach Jerry Thomason headed the search committee at Valley Springs.

"The job came open on Wednesday, I interviewed on Monday and they offered me the job on Tuesday at 4 p.m.," Hanney said. "At 4:01, I accepted it."

Hanney said the program has had to change the culture and buy into what he's teaching, especially on the defensive end.

Lawson Jenkins, a 6-foot-6 sophomore and the son of highly successful Valley Springs women's coach Kim Jenkins, has been a key player for the Tigers. Jenkins is averaging 21 points per game and has scored 30 or more points six times with a high of 36 last week in an 83-81 overtime win against Berryville.

Juniors Dalton Audeoud and Ethan Flud are also averaging double figures, and senior Ethan Garvin has been a lock-down defender, Hanney said.

The Tigers host Yellville-Summit today

-- Chip Souza • @NWAChip

BENTONVILLE HIGH

Tigers enjoy labors of OT

Bentonville's boys have had to put in a little extra work to enjoy a 2-0 start in 7A-West Conference play.

The Tigers (9-3 overall) have won both games in overtime, including Tuesday's 56-52 decision at Van Buren following a 78-76 home win over Fayetteville. Bentonville had to come back from a nine-point deficit against Van Buren, then held the Pointers scoreless until the final seconds before Asa Hutchinson's two free throws with 5.6 seconds left sealed the win.

"You're just proud of your guys' resiliency to fight back in both games," Bentonville coach Dick Rippee said. "We're down in the second half, and were able to come back and get it tied before making some plays in overtime.

"Really, it's about getting stops when you get down the stretch. Defensively, I felt like we were not only getting good pressure on the shots but also tagging our guys and getting rebounds and take it the other way. The second half, we guarded really well."

It doesn't get any easier for Bentonville tonight as the Tigers host Springdale Har-Ber, which is also 2-0 in the league following a 55-49 win over Springdale High. The two teams split the 7A-West title last year, even though Har-Ber swept both games against Bentonville.

Rippee said the Wildcats should provide a "good measuring stick" for his team, just as earlier games have done.

"It's going to be a fun game," Rippee said. "Hopefully we will get a good crowd to see two teams hook it up and compete.

"They probably have the best guard tandem in our league in Tylor Perry and the older Garrett, and they do so much for their team. We're trying to figure out how to defend them, but I know our team is looking forward to it and I know they probably are, too."

-- Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

ELKINS

Elks vastly improved

Elkins is 13-3 overall and one of the most improved teams in the area after finishing under .500 last season. There are several factors for the surge, including balanced offensive production with four players averaging at least 10 points per game.

Paxton Barnett leads the Elks with 18 points per game. He's followed by Ethan Hipps (15 ppg), Chad Graham (14 ppg), and Quinn McClain (10 ppg), the standout quarterback for the Elkins football team.

"The guys have bought in with our emphasis on defense and in sharing the basketball," Elkins coach Jared Porter said. "We've got five guys who can score consistently and they have amazing team chemistry."

Elkins needs to display every bit of that chemistry to secure a road win tonight at Prairie Grove (8-9), which has won three of its last four. The Tigers are led by Will Pridmore and D.J. Pearson, who pile up points with aggressive moves to the basket. The two combined for 43 points in a win at Shiloh Christian and Pridmore scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter of a 43-40 victory over Pea Ridge at home on Tuesday.

"We can't let their two guards go crazy on us," Porter said. "At the same time, we have to limit their strength inside and not get beat on the boards."

-- Rick Fires • @NWARick

Sports on 01/12/2018

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