Fayetteville White’s Isaiah Askew and Ross Shirey combined for 38 points to beat the Pointers 51-45 Thursday night in the semifinal of the Van Buren Junior High Tournament held at the Freshman Academy.

Askew led the game with 20 points as he combined points from a variety of ranges: inside, behind the arc and at the free-throw line. He shot a blistering 8 of 9 from the line. In comparison, Van Buren shot 8 of 16 from the line as a team.

Shirey just rained threes upon the Pointers. He shot three treys in each half to keep Van Buren out of striking distance.

Fayetteville White met Bentonville in the tournament’s finals while Van Buren and Alma faced off in the third-place game.

The Bulldogs hit three treys in the first quarter to hold a 15-12 lead and extended it to 25-19 at halftime. The Pointers were limited to just two field goals during the second quarter and shot 3 of 8 from the line, missing the front end of two one-and-one as well.

Van Buren got back within five (33-28) after a basket by Brayden Gilmore with 36.5 seconds remaining in the third quarter. However, Askew drained a long trey to make it 36-28 going into the fourth.

Trent Ball, who finished the game with nine points, hit a trey with 14.9 seconds left and Van Buren was within two (47-45), but Askew was fouled and he went to the line to sink his final two free throws.

Gilmore led Van Buren with 16 points and Tyler Etzkorn added 11 points with a game-high six rebounds.


BOYS – The Airedales battled from behind most of the game and took a 36-35 lead after a bucket by Grayson Bailey, but the Tigers’ Braydon Freeman continued his hot streak and put his squad back in the lead for good.

Bailey finished with a game-high 15 points while teammates Cejay Mann added seven, and both Gabe Jensen and Bobby Winfrey had six points each. Jensen also finished with a team-high four rebounds.

Freeman was scoreless in the first half and finished with 10 and Ben Pankau added nine for the Tigers.

Bentonville led 15-8 in the second quarter after a trey from Jacob Semler. Alma got back on track and got within two, 20-18, after a bucket from Mann. The Tigers led 23-21 at halftime.

Bentonville had its biggest lead, 33-23 after opening the third quarter with a 10-2 run. Alma closed out the third quarter to get back within four, 33-29.


GIRLS – Lexi Miller hit two free throws with 3:56 remaining in the game to put the Lady Pointers within two, 26-24, but Siloam Springs outscored Van Buren 10-3 down the stretch to reach Friday’s fifth-place game against Russellville in the Van Buren Junior High Tournament held at the Freshman Academy.

The Lady Panthers scored 45 percent of their points from the free-throw line as it shot 15 of 22. Van Buren was 7 of 15 from the line.

Jael Harris led the game with 16 points for Siloam Springs. Shelby Johnson added seven and Morgan Winesburg came off the bench to toss in six.

Miller led her squad with 12 points and seven rebounds. Both teams finished with 20 rebounds each and Maddux McDonald grabbed five for the Lady Pointers.

Both teams struggled to get the shots to fall into place and Siloam was able to construct a meager 9-4 lead with 3:08 remaining in the first half.

Emmalee Grebe, who finished with seven points, made a traditional three-point play to get Van Buren within two, 9-7, but Johnson responded for her squad to extend the lead by four. On Van Buren’s next possession, Grebe pulled down a rebound and put it back up to cut into the lead, but Siloam finished the half going 4 of 4 from the line to lead 15-9 at the break.

The Lady Pointers tied up the game in the third quarter on a trey by Miller with 1:27 left in the quarter. Winesburg scored the next four points for the Lady Panthers and Siloam held a 24-20 lead going into the final quarter of play.


GIRLS – The Lady Cyclones were scoreless for the first 4:53 of the fourth quarter as Alma climbed back into the game and led 24-21 with 1:20 left in the game.

Olivia Barnes pulled down the offensive rebound and put it back up to end Russellville’s scoring drought to make it 24-23 at the 1:07 mark. The Lady Cyclones made five trips to the line in the final 0:51 seconds of the contest and shot 5 of 8 from the line to pull ahead.

Maddy Howerton, who finished with nine points – all in the second half – completed a traditional three-point play to give Russellville the final lead of the day, 26-24.

Makailey Dowdy led Alma with nine points while Breanna Stacy added five.

Russellville’s Gracie Walls had a game-high seven rebounds while teammate Cara Davis came away with five steals.



BOYS — For about 1:49 it was close.

Braydon Gilmore hit a pair of free throws and sparked an 18-3 run to finish out the first quarter and the Pointers never looked back to win its opening round of the Van Buren Junior High Tournament on Wednesday at the Freshman Academy.

Van Buren crashed the boards in the first quarter, out-rebounding the War Eagles 13-2 during the quarter. The Pointers finished with a 20-4 edge on the boards.

Trent Ball lead with five rebounds and Gilgore added four.

The Pointers extended the lead 31-7 to end the first half.

Heritage staged a rally of sorts in the second half and cut into Van Buren’s lead 34-18 thanks to six points from Colby Scoggins, who finished the game with a high 12 points.

Van Buren and Heritage played the fourth quarter with mostly back-ups as the War Eagles were able to score 10 points off of turnovers to claw back into the contest.

Gilmore led the Pointers with nine points and Ball added five for the starters. The bench added 18 points with Alec Doolittle and DeMarius Newton tossing in six and five points respectively.


BOYS – The Airedales scored 33 points from behind the arc and both teams combined to hit 18 treys in the first-round game of the Van Buren Junior High Tournament at the Freshman Academy on Wednesday.

Cejay Mann did the most damage as he hit five (three in the second quarter alone) and finished with a game-high 19 points.

Siloam Springs took a 16-15 after a bucket by Evan Saver with 4:15 remaining in the first half. Mann sparked a 15-2 run to close out the second quarter as he hit the first of his three treys of the quarter.

Alma expanded its lead in the second half with a 16-4 run which put the Airedales up 46-22 with 1:18 left in the quarter.

The Panthers had a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to make it 56-45 as the benches of both teams finished the game.

Jordan Stewart led Siloam with 13 points.

Grayson Bailey added eight for Alma while D.J. George and Dax Driggs tossed in six each. Three other Alma players had five points each.

The Airedales went up 8-0 in the first 1:06 of the game before Siloam could get on track.


GIRLS – The Lady Pointers battled back in the second half, but Heritage was able to hold off the late rally.

Van Buren trailed 20-13 at the break and Bentonville was able to extend the lead by one, going into the final quarter, 30-22.

Lexi Miller sank a bucket with 2:04 left in the contest to pull Van Buren within one, 34-33, but Heritage’s Pam Seiler dropped a trey to spark a 9-2 run to close out the game.

Van Buren’s Emmalee Grebe led the game with 17 points and added five rebounds. Miller finished with seven and Lexi Trejo tossed in six. Maddux McDonald had a game-high six rebounds.

Seiler sank a trio of treys and finished with 15 points and teammate Lanee Knight added 14.


GIRLS – The Lady Tigers held off a late rally to win their first round of Van Buren Junior High Tournament held Wednesday at the Freshman Academy.

Bentonville led by as much as 10 (23-13) halfway through the third quarter, but Alma stormed back to cut the lead by four, 27-23, after a trey by Jasmine Higgins with 1:12 remaining in the game.

Emily Sanders responded for Bentonville by getting half of her free throws. Both teams combined for 2 of 8 shooting from the line in the fourth quarter with Bentonville missing a pair of one-and-ones down the stretch.

Zoie McGhee grabbed a rebound and put it back for the final margin.

Alma’s MaKailey Dowdy led the game with 10 points. Higgins and Malia Shipman had five each for Alma and McGhee added four.

Sanders paced Bentonville with eight points.