A roundup of Cedarville and Mountainburg at the Bank of the Ozarks Classic.

OZARK — Mountainburg’s Shelby Watkins had the shooter’ touch early against County Line, scoring 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first quarter as the Lady Dragons defeated County Line, 60-32, in the second round of the Bank of the Ozarks Classic on Thursday.

Mountainburg outscored County Line 22-9 in the first quarter and led 42-16 at the half.

Zoey Gilbreth led the Lady Indians with 10 points. Kendra Toney added seven.


MEN’S — Senior Alex Matlock scored seven of his game-high 27 points in the third quarter as Mountainburg rallied from seven points down to beat Cedarville, 51-43, in a battle of Crawford County.

Matlock gave the Dragons (10-5) the lead for good (33-32) on a 3-pointer with 1:37 left in the third quarter. He punctuated a 13-0 scoring run at the start of the fourth quarter with one of his four dunks.

Justin Shelley led the Pirates with 19 points.


WOMEN’S — Taten Hyde scored 37 points and yanked down 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Black Diamonds to a 56-45 win against Cedarville in a loser’s bracket game on Thursday.

Sallisaw never trailed after cracking a second-quarter 15-15 tie with a 9-2 run to end the first half, but didn’t put away Cedarville until the last minute.

Sallisaw had double-digit leads at 39-29, 43-31, and 45-34 with 6:06 left in the game, but Cedarville used a pair of driving buckets by Patience Wise to trim Sallisaw’s lead back to 47-43 with 2:59 remaining.

The Lady Black Diamonds (2-4) hit nine free throws in the final 67 seconds to finally put the win away.

Hyde, also a softball standout and a school discus and shot put record holder, was 14-of-24 shooting from the floor with a trey, and added 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.

Wise had 19 points to pace Cedarville (4-8). Devyn Ruiz added 10 points.


MEN’S – The only thing worse than an ugly sweater for Christmas for a basketball coach is an ugly practice right before a tournament.

Paris shrugged off some early doldrums and finally pulled away from Mountainburg for an 82-50 win in the first round of the Bank of the Ozarks Classic on Wednesday afternoon.

Paris led by three points after a quarter, by seven at the half and by 11 after three quarters so it took the high-flying Eagles a little time to get going.

“I knew it would,” Paris head coach Mike Foster said. “We took off a week, and we had two ugly practices the last two days. Then we had an 11:30 game. I just knew we’d be a little sluggish. We threw the ball away too much.”

Paris (10-1) committed five turnovers in the first quarter before Tyler Atchison hit a 3-pointer to crack a 9-9 tie and put the Eagles up for good, but Mountainburg stayed close.

“They beat Ozark the other night, they have good team,” Foster said. “We kind of wore them down. We play eight or nine guys, so that might have worn them down.”

Behind Alex Matlock’s 14 first-half points, Mountainburg was within, 37-30, at the half.

Matthew Dollard scored inside for Mountainburg (9-5) to keep the Dragons within 42-32 with 5:21 left in the third quarter after Paris had committed turnovers on three straight possessions.

It prompted a quick timeout by Foster and an inspiring message to his Eagles.

Kris Graham stroked a 3-pointer out of the timeout, Talik Robinson hit a single free throw, and Atchison converted a fast-break layup to push Paris up, 48-32, in just over a minute.

Robinson added a personal 5-0 run, including a conventional three-point play, to bump Paris up, 55-42, with 36 seconds left in the third quarter.

Paris hit its first 10 shots of the fourth quarter, including five 3-pointers, and put the game away with a 27-0 run.

Robinson had 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting and 10 rebounds, including five on the offensive end. Backing up Robinson’s stout inside attack was Graham and Atchison, who combined to hit seven long-range buckets.

Graham had 19 points, and Atchison 11.

Matlock finished with 22 points to lead Mountainburg.


WOMEN’S — The Lady Tigers started the Bank of the Ozarks Classic off with a bang, scoring 22 points in the first quarter of the first game on the way to a 59-29 win against Mountainburg.

Emma Long and Abbey Jones drilled 3-pointers in the opening quarter for Charleston, and Joda Mcdowell added six points as the Lady Tigers took a 22-6 lead after a quarter.

Jones hit two more 3-pointers in the second quarter, and Charleston (7-3) pushed its lead to 37-18 at the half.

Jones finished with 12 points, all in the first half, and Mcdowell added 11. Hattie Newhart added eight points, and Long and Allie Green each scored six.

Kassey Pense led Mountainburg (7-6) with six points on a pair of first-half treys.