The Pointers and Lady Pointers dropped a varsity doubleheader at Springdale Har-Ber on Tuesday.
The Lady Pointers lost, 37-34. They led, 24-23, after three quarters before Har-Ber rallied to the win.
The loss dropped Van Buren into a three-way tie for third place with Bentonville and Rogers at 2-3 inside the conference.
The Pointers also dropped a close one on the road, losing to Har-Ber, 79-77, in overtime.
Van Buren led 18-13 after a quarter, 32-26 at the half and 47-46 after three quarters before Har-Ber tied it at 67-67 after regulation.
— Leland Barclay
Lavaca 65, Mulberry 18
The Lavaca Lady Golden Arrows didn’t need much depth in Tuesday’s 65-18 win over Mulberry.
But it’s nice to know it’s there.
Senior Breanna Dorsey scored a dozen points and the Lavaca bench accounted for 30 points in the team’s 18th victory of the season.
“I really like the way we’ve been playing,” Wyles said. “We’ve had a few games, like against Hackett, Mountainburg and County Line, our bench was huge in those games. That’s definitely what you like to see as you get late into the season.”
Lavaca (18-4) built a 15-6 lead after one quarter, and Avery Green drilled a 3-pointer at the end of the first half to put the Lady Golden Arrows ahead by 22 (31-9).
Then came the third quarter.
Dorsey, who scuffled somewhat at the free throw line in the first half, and had yet to hit a 3-pointer, opened the second half scoring with a triple. She added another bucket to make it 36-9.
And the Golden Arrows were just getting revved up.
Baskets by Mairady Dempsey and Skylar Hyatt extended a second half run to 13-1, and two buckets each by Green and Sierra Lamb gave Lavaca a 52-10 lead.
Backup Amaya Mendez hit a 3-pointer to close the quarter and extend Lavaca’s lead to 55-10.
Julianne O’Dell and Lamb kept the scoring going in the fourth quarter as, even with a running clock via the Arkansas Activities Association sportsmanship rule, Lavaca still managed to score 10 points.
“It shows that everyone can work together and we have depth on our bench,” Rose said. “It shows who we go against everyday to make us better. The depth has really helped us. We haven’t necessarily had depth in years past, and it’s been a really good thing for us to have.”
The Golden Arrows host Mountainburg Thursday.
Lavaca 80, Mulberry 22
The charging Lavaca Golden Arrows didn’t shut out Mulberry in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game.
But they came close.
In fact, by the time Tyler Rice’s tip-in halted a 30-0 Lavaca push to open the game, the contest was long over.
Garrett Eck was nearly perfect, scoring 15 points in the first and second quarter and finishing with 30. He didn’t see the court in the second half.
Senior Ryan Dockery added a dozen points, and Jordan Fenner and Andrew Wright each had 10.
Rice led Mulberry with a team-high 12 points.
— Kevin Taylor