A roundup of junior high, high school and middle school basketball.
The Lady Pointers took another step to wrap up the final playoff spot for the 7A West Regional tournament with an overtime win on Thursday at home against Ramsey.
Van Buren defeated the Lady Ramsey 33-25 after a slow start in the first half.
The Lady Pointers improved to 4-7 on the season and is in a three-way tie for fifth and one game behind Trinity (5-6). Darby and Chaffin are both in the tie. Van Buren has Alma (8-3), Greenwood (11-0) and Trinity remaining on the schedule. The Lady Pointers will need to run the tables in the final three games to secure the spot or at least move one game ahead of Trinity, Darby and Chaffin.
Darby and Chaffin square off on Feb. 9. The Lady Rangers also has Ramsey (0-11) and Kimmons (8-3) left to play. Chaffin also has Kimmons and Ramsey. Trinity finishes the season at Greenwood and Alma before going to Van Buren.
In Thursday’s contest, Van Buren and Ramsey struggled to get any shots to fall as the Lady Rams put up the first score with 1:47 left in the first quarter. Van Buren’s Emmalee Grebe hit a free throw for the only point in the quarter and Ramsey led 4-1.
Lexi Miller hit a pair of treys to get Van Buren rolling and the Lady Pointers led 10-6 with 2:28 remaining in the quarter. Ramsey came back to get within one, 10-9 at the break.
Both teams were tied 15-15 after three quarters.
Ramsey took its biggest lead of the night on back-to-back treys from Sheilo Larenjo as the Lady Rams led 21-15 with 4:23 left in regulation. The Lady Pointers climbed back with eight points from Miller including a pair of threes. The last one hit at the 1:43 mark after Ramsey missed the front end of a one-and-one.
Van Buren trailed 24-23 when it went to the line with 13.6 seconds left in the contest. Miller made one free throw to send the game into overtime.
Grebe hit the first basket in overtime and Van Buren never trailed the duration of the contest.
Miller finished with a game-high 18 points and Grebe added seven, six in overtime. Grebe also had eight rebounds in the second half and finished with nine for the contest.
RAMSEY 38, VAN BUREN 26
BOYS — The Pointers struggled in the first quarter as the Rams (8-3) built a 13-0 lead.
Van Buren battled back in the fourth quarter and got within seven, 31-24 after a Brayden Gilmore free throw with 3:28 left in the game. The Pointers never got any closer.
Gilmore finished with 11 points and six rebounds, and Trent Ball had six.
Garrett Keller led the game with 16 points.
KIMMONS 40, ALMA 35
BOYS — Alma had a solid start, but Kimmons came back and took a 10-point lead in the in the fourth quarter.
DJ George hit two big treys around a steal and a layup from Dax Driggs to cut Kimmons lead to 2 with 1:30 left in the game. Alma missed two opportunities to tie the game.
George led the Airedales with 10 points and five steals. Cejay Mann and Bobby Winfrey added eight points each. Gabe Jensen had five points and six rebounds.
“It was a tough loss for us, but we have to find a way to bounce back and finish strong,” said coach Eddie Corder. “We were proud of how our kids competed.”
Alma has Van Buren on Feb. 9 and finishes up the season against Trinity (Feb. 13) and at Greenwood (Feb. 16).
The eighth-grade team lost in overtime, 40-35. Austin Cluck finished with 17 points.
KIMMONS 45, ALMA 30
GIRLS — Jasmine Higgins led Alma with 11 points and Zoie McGhee added nine in Thursday’s loss. Kimmons led 24-18 at the break and extended its lead to 38-19 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Nathan Corder scored 20 points as Alma defeated Russellville 56-33. Kade Wood added 12 as Dathan Hillian and Christian Stahler had nine and seven points respectively. … Russellville defeated the Airedalettes 40-23 at Cyclone Arena on Tuesday. … Mountainburg won both games at Hartford on Tuesday. The Dragons won 67-35 as Alex Matlock scored 33 points. Both Quency Pixley and Austin Wakefield had 10 points each. The Lady Dragons won 59-15. Addison Peters paced Mountainburg with 14 points and Shelby Watkins tossed in nine. … Trevor Marvin scored 37 points as Mulberry defeated Hackett 62-38 on Tuesday. Brendon Lawson added 16 in the win. The Lady Jackets fell 53-24. The Yellow Jackets topped Magazine 63-51 as Marvin scored 26 points and Lawson tossed in 22. The Lady Jackets suffered another setback, 50-25. Magazine won both junior high contest against Pleasant View as the Rattlers won 36-15 and the Lady Rattlers had a 58-33 win.
Northridge defeated Kimmons 24-7 on Wednesday in a seventh-grade contest. Elizabeth Yancey led with 10 points and Emma Lee tossed in seven. Kimmons won the second seventh-grade game, 26-20. Riley Matevia paced NMS with eight points while Kara Chenoweth and Maddi Mills had four and three points respectively. The Lady Pointers edged Russellville 30-28 on Tuesday in the eighth-grade contest. Bailey Woodard led with 12 points. Carlie Nguyen added five and Ella Kuykendall tossed in four. Russellville won both seventh-grade contests. Brooklyn Fancher had five points in one game, and Jaida Green, Matevia and Belle Brown tossed in two points each in the other contest.