Van Buren suffered a pair of setbacks Thursday night as Kimmons took early leads and didn’t relinquish.
Alma swept both Ramsey teams and the Airedalettes were able to move into second place after the Lady Pointers’ loss.
Kimmons 50, Van Buren 32 (Girls)
The Lady Pointers didn’t hit a field goal until 7:29 into the first half, and by then Kimmons had built a 19-6 lead after Londan Barlow drained the only trey for Van Buren.
The Crawford County team was limited to just five shots on the goal and the Lady Raiders converted six turnovers into 12 points. In all, Van Buren suffered 23 turnovers, of which 12 were forced.
Kimmons’ Aniya Webster had a game-high nine turnovers.
The Lady Raiders (7-1) were led by both Dachelle Terry and Cierah Carey as the duo scored 15 points each.
Jamilyn Kinney was double teamed and at times tripled team her entire time on the floor and managed to lead Van Buren with 14 points. Barlow added seven before she was fouled out with 2:31 remaining in the game.
Van Buren also drew a pair of technical fouls during the game.
Both Pointer squads take on Chaffin and Ramsey next week.
Kimmons 59, Van Buren 39 (Boys)
The Pointers (7-2) battled to close a 17-point gap as Logan Thomas completed a traditional three-point play with 2.2 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The play put Van Buren within seven, 41-34, to start the fourth quarter, but the Red Raiders hit a seven-point run to pull the home team back to a double-digit lead the duration of the game.
Poor shooting doomed Van Buren in the first half and was just 0 of 9 from the floor before Thomas sank the first field goal with 9.5 seconds remaining in the first quarter, but Kimmons led 16-9.
Isiah Joe came off the bench to spark Kimmons in the second quarter by scoring the first six points of a 10-2 scoring spree for the Red Raiders.
Van Buren closed the half by outscoring Kimmons 10-4 in the final 2:34 and trailed 31-20 at the break.
Beau Beckner led the Pointers and the game with a double-double 18 points and 13 rebounds and Thomas came off the bench to chip in 11.
Beckner kept Van Buren afloat in the first half hitting 6 of 6 free throws and finished the game with 10 of 11.
Tré Norwood had a game-high six steals to go along with his nine points and four rebounds.
Tevin Brewer led Kimmons with 15 points and Brennon Lewis added 10 points and six boards. Joe finished with eight points.
Alma 46, Ramsey 36 (Girls)
Madi Tobler led with 14 points while Tatum Willhite, Bailey Jones and Kailey Fagan scored eight points each in Thurday’s win.
The Airedalettes (7-1) moved to second in the standings after Van Buren’s loss to Kimmons.
Alma led 24-14 at halftime and was up 37-26 to start the fourth quarter.
Alma 41, Ramsey 32 (Boys)
The Rams (3-6 RVC) may have made the first five points, but Alma limited Ramsey to 11 points in the first half to come up with a key win in the River Valley Conference Thursday night.
Alma (13-4, 6-2 RVC) remains a half game behind Van Buren for second place after the Pointers suffered a loss at Kimmons on Thursday.
Isaac Posey led with 17 points and five rebounds while Noah Dotson added 14 points and six boards.
"We had a balanced attack again on offense," said coach Eddie Corder. "I thought we did a great job on defense."
Alma scored 18 points in both the second and third quarters to construct a 35-20 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Drake Pendergraft and Eli Howells each added five points and both Keesler Nye and David Mullins chipped in four apiece.
Alma faces Darby (Monday, Feb. 3) and Kimmons (Thursday, Feb. 6) next week.
Northridge outscored Butterfield Trail in the boys game 22-10 in the middle two quarters to top its crosstown rival 34-22 Wednesday night.
Isaac Lipe paced NMS with 14 points and Ryan Hewett added in 10.
Gavin Ball led BTMS with 10 points.
Down 14-8 at halftime, Butterfield Trail rallied back in the second half to beat Northridge, 29-25. Caitlyn Perry scored 10 points in the third quarter to help spark the rally as BTMS pulled within one, 21-20, to start the fourth quarter.
Perry finished with 15 points, while Caroline Davis and Lindsay Gooch had six and four points respectively.
NORTHRIDGE — The Pointers (11-2) defeated Kimmons 39-31. Lipe had 14 points and Hewett tossed in 10.
BUTTERFIELD TRAIL — After a slow start, BTMS rallied back to win Monday’s contest, 28-24, over Union Christian. BTMS trailed 12-4 after the first quarter, but pulled within range, 17-15, halftime.
Braxton Shook scored eight points in the first half and finished with 13 points. Ball added 10.
NORTHRIDGE — Kimmons won 21-18 on Thursday night. Ashlen Hill and Naesha Smith had six points each to pace Northridge.
NORTHRIDGE — NMS defeated Butterfield Trail 35-7 as the team remains undefeated at 10-0. Cassidy Cooper had Jentry Myers scored eight points each and all 10 players contributed to the scoring.