Van Buren and Kimmons had seven ties and five lead changes during Thursday’s game, and it wasn’t until there were 14 seconds left in the game when the Lady Pointers held to the lead for good.
The Lady Pointers (7-1) retained their No. 2 spot in the River Valley Conference by surviving the Lady Raiders to win 30-27.
Bailee Woodard gave Van Buren the 27-25 lead with 2:01 remaining in the game. Kimmons would tie it up on a pair of free throws by Jalyn Ford with 23.6 seconds left.
Carter Schmidt goes inside the paint for a shot and drew a foul for a bonus with at the 14-second mark. She missed the shot, but Elizabeth Rainwater was able to grab the rebound and passed the ball out to Brooklyn Kannady. Schmidt grabbed a rebound on a missed free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining and hit the front end of a one-and-one for the final score.
Ford led the game with 16 points. Van Buren was a bit more balanced as three players scored eight points each including Woodard, Rainwater, and Schmidt.
The Lady Raiders held the edge in rebounds, 24-15. Van Buren forced six of Kimmons’ 14 turnovers. The Lady Pointers had just five, two were in the second half as Kimmons suffered nine during the same stretch.
Kimmons led 13-8 at the break. Van Buren would tie it up 15-15 late in the third quarter only to have the Lady Raiders retake the lead. Both teams were tied 19-19 going into the fourth.
On Monday, the Lady Pointers beat the Lady Rangers 33-13.
Kimmons 53, Van Buren 43
The Red Raiders had a pair of runs in the second half to gain some distance in the River Valley Conference showdown in Fort Smith on Thursday night.
Both teams had three players reach double digits. Kimmons’ Jacob Joe led the game with 15 points, hitting five treys. Teammates Va’Sean Bishop came off the bench to hit three treys in the first half and finished with 12. Sundquist Church added 11 for the Raiders.
Avery Salisbury and Gary Phillips were close to a double-double for the Pointers. Salisbury led Van Buren with 13 points and had seven rebounds. Phillips added 11 points and eight rebounds. Keyton Mitchell tossed in 12 points. Trevor Day also had eight rebounds.
The Pointers held a slight edge on the rebounds, 27-23, but Kimmons had eight offensive boards to Van Buren’s six.
The Raiders had just three turnovers, all in the first half while forcing seven of Van Buren’s 16 turnovers for the game. Kimmons wasn’t able to take much of an advantage of the extra possessions and scored just seven points off of the turnovers.
The third one gave The Raiders their second-largest lead of the night, 35-23, with 2:04 remaining in the third quarter after Church’s score to cap an 8-0 run.
Van Buren trailed 40-28 to start the fourth and cut the lead by six. A Baylor Shook trey and a traditional three-point play by Gary Phillips had the Pointers within six, 40-34, with 5:13 left in the game.
The Raiders launched into a 7-0 run with four points from Sundquist and a trey by Joe to go up 47-34.
The loss puts Kimmons and the Pointers in a tie for first in the River Valley Conference at 8-1. If both teams win out their five remaining games, the Raiders would get the No. 1 seed for the 7A West Junior High Tournament.
Van Buren defeated Darby 66-26 on Monday.
Alma 46, Ramsey 32
Nathan Walen had 18 points and four rebounds as the Airedales picked up another league contest.
“We have been waiting on Nathan to have a break-out game,” said coach Eddie Corder. “We did a good job of getting him the ball in the right position and he did the rest.”
Austin Cluck added 10 points with three assists. Seth Cole tossed in six points with four rebounds and four assists.
Alma started with a trey from Nehemiah Releford and “played great defense in the first half.”
“We have a couple of big games next week going to Darby and hosting Kimmons at the arena,” Corder said. “We’re in the chase and I think these kids are looking forward to the challenge.”
Alma 45, Ramsey 22
Loryn Kelley, Sidney Hatley and Airel Towns-Robinson provided all the scoring for the Airedalettes in Thursday’s game at home.
Kelley led the game with 20 points while Hatley and Towns-Robinson added 13 and 12 points respectively.
The win keeps Alma (7-2) at third in the River Valley Conference with five games remaining to the season. Alma still has second-round contests against Greenwood (9-0) and Van Buren (8-1).
Alma 28, Chaffin 22
The Airedales put up a “goose egg” in the third quarter, but was able to hold off the Cougars to clinch the River Valley Conference win on Jan. 22.
Alma led 20-10 at the break but was held scoreless for the first eight minutes of the second half. Chaffin cut into the lead 20-17 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Airedales came down with a couple of key rebounds off of missed free throws late in the game to help keep Alma in the game. Austin Cluck had one putback and finished with 11 points. Seth Cole grabbed a rebound and was fouled. Cole sank his ensuing free throws and tossed in eight points and eight rebounds.
Alma 33, Chaffin 24
Loryn Kelley and Ariel Towns-Robinson scored 15 points each in the win back on Jan. 22.
The Airedalettes led throughout the game, leading 13-10 at halftime and was up 23-18 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Northridge Lady Pointers defeated Hartford in two games on Jan. 22.
The eighth graders won 19-13. Brooklyn Fancher led with 11 points while Maddi Mills and Elizabeth Yancey had three each.
Alexis McKeown led the seventh graders with six points as Northridge won 18-10. Baily Wilson, Holly Ming, and Ava Jones added four points each.
Butterfield Trail beat Darby 41-32 on Jan. 22. Brandon Scott led with 14 points and Breckin Waters tossed in 13.