The Lady Pointers continue to dominate as the men's team clinch a win in overtime.
The Lady Pointers utilized a big run late in the second quarter to gain some separation from Springdale, and with the win, the Lady Pointers are two games ahead in the 7A West.
Van Buren defeated Springdale 58-38 on Friday night at Clair Bates Arena. The Lady Pointers, who have not lost since Dec. 17, 2016, improved to 14-3 overall and 5-0 in league play. The Lady Bulldogs dropped their second in two starts and fell to 3-2 in the 7A West and 9-9 overall.
“Springdale kind of needed this game to wrap an arm around us, so they came ready,” said Van Buren coach Chris Bryant. “So, for our kids to come out and play the way they did… they demonstrated they know what the stakes are.”
The Lady Pointers gained separation in the second quarter on an 11-0 run and led 34-19 with 1:16 remaining in the half.
Springdale shot 0 of 5 during the stretch and was unable to get any second looks. Van Buren’s Jamilyn Kinney fed Hallie Jennen a couple of the points during the core part of the run.
Snowden finished with 16 points to lead the game and Bailey Jones had 13 for Van Buren. Kinney added nine while Jennen tossed in eight.
“I can’t even tell you who scored what,” Bryant said after the game. “I just know they share. Which is unusual for a group with this many good shooters.”
Snowden came out and shot a trio of treys but drew two fouls early in the contest.
“We knew Snowden was going to have a good night the way she started the game,” Bryant said. “We may have lost a little momentum, but credit to the other kids, they were able to get us that lead.”
Van Buren stumbled into a bit of foul trouble in the third quarter by accruing seven fouls with 2:58 left in the quarter. Springdale had just two in the same time frame.
After drawing the seventh foul, Van Buren limited Springdale to just one shot on goal for the duration and extended its lead 49-27.
From there, Van Buren managed the clock.
The Lady Pointers led 27-14 in rebounds with Snowden grabbing seven and Taylor Sutton pulling down six.
“We talked about limiting Springdale in rebounds because (the team) has the ability to get into the paint and make the plays,” Bryant said.
Van Buren travels to face Har-Ber on Tuesday.
“With the talent level Har-Ber has, they’re a good as any team in our conference,” said Bryant. “(The Wildcats) have faced some adversity and played Bentonville close. When Har-Ber gets healthy, (it’s) going be a tough team in the second half of the conference season.”
Next week, Springdale hosts Fayetteville on Tuesday before traveling to Rogers.
Marquesha Davis led the Lady Bulldogs with 11 and Ashlyn Minchew added nine.
VAN BUREN 42, SPRINGDALE 35 (OT)
MEN’S – Springdale had difficulty gaining any momentum this season during the conference race. Each win in league play is matched by a loss.
The Bulldogs dropped a decision to Bentonville on Tuesday and needed to get some separation from Van Buren as both shared the same conference record.
However, the Pointers seem to be gelling.
Since it was announced that Van Buren would serve as the host site for the Class 7A tournament, the Pointers have won three consecutive games after their win at home.
It was also Van Buren’s second consecutive win at Clair Bates since the team came back from the holiday break.
The Pointers shot 9 of 12 from the line in overtime while Springdale was 2 of 8 from the floor. The Bulldogs gained the first possession in OT but missed three shots before K.J. Stewart grabbed the rebound. Van Buren’s Beau Beckner drew the first foul and the race was on.
Springdale undermined any chance for late momentum with a pair of turnovers. The Pointers converted both into a couple of points. However, when the second free throw bounced off the rim, Presley Kindrix grabbed it and put it back into the basket. In a span of 34 seconds, Van Buren went from a 34-31 lead, to go up 37-31 with 52.9 seconds remaining in the game.
Beckner finished with a game-high 19 points and nine rebounds. Caleb Salisbury tossed in nine and Presley Kindrix added eight.
Springdale utilized an 11-0 run to close out the third quarter and take its biggest lead of the night, 29-20. Jordan West put Van Buren back on the board with 1:15 remaining in the third quarter.
West’s basket coupled with a 6-0 run in the fourth quarter put the Pointers with one, 28-29. Joe Jibke had a pair of free throws to extend the lead back to three at the 1:11 mark.
Caleb Salisbury, who finished with nine points, drained Van Buren’s only trey for the night to tie up the game. Springdale had an opportunity to retake the lead with 36.3 seconds left but missed both free throws.
Stewart pulled down the rebound and the Pointers held on to send the game into overtime.