The Lady Pointers lost their season-opening game to Morrliton 58-53 on Tuesday night.
"I am pleased with our effort and fight," said first-year head coach Chris Bryant. "We just could not quite get over the hump."
Van Buren led 11-6 at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Devil Dogs took a 23-22 lead at the break. Morrilton came out in the second half and built a 41-33 advantage going into the four quarter.
"Morrilton is a veteran club and played well," Bryant said. "At the same time I know we will really grow from facing an experienced, quality team on the road."
Freshman Jamilyn Kinney led the team with 13 points followed by 12 from Makenzie Glassco and Danae Goodwin added 11.
Morrilton’s Tori Jackson pace Morrilton and the game with 21 points and Danielle Wright added 12.
Van Buren hits the road Monday for another game at Harrison starting at 6 p.m.
Cedarville 38, Lincoln 30 (Women’s)
The Lady Pirates (3-0) built a 10-point lead and held off a second-half comeback to pick up their third straight win of the young season to edge Lincoln on Tuesday.
Cedarville led 22-12 at the break and was outscored by two points, 18-16, in the second half.
Bailie Murphy led with nine points and Shanda Brown added seven. Malia Hernandez scored six and Grace Davidoff had five.
Cedarville 36, Dardanelle 18 (Women’s)
The Lady Pirates defeated Dardanelle on Nov. 13.
Cedarville led 6-0 after first quarter when the Lady Sand Lizards battled back and end the half trailing, 21-14. Dardanelle was limited to just two points in each of the third and fourth quarters.
Eight different Lady Pirates contributed to the scoring as Patience Wise led with nine points. Both Malia Hernandez and Bailie Murphy finished with six points each. Shanda Brown and Devyn Ruiz tossed in four points each.
Lincoln 39, Cedarville 26 (Men’s)
Abraham Hernandez scored 19 points in the loss. The Pirates trailed 19-5 at the break. Cedarville travels to Mountainburg for two junior high and two high school games on Tuesday.
West Fork 49, Mountainburg 24 (Women’s)
The Lady Tigers jumped to a 16-3 lead in the first quarter.
Britton Peters led with nine points and Brooke Pense tossed in five. Lillian Beasley and Kaylyn Moore had four points each.
Mountainburg (0-4) opened the season at the Johnson County Westside tournament with three straight losses by a combined 20 points.
Moore scored 14 points against Charleston, and had 44 vs. Little Rock Mills. She had all 30 points at the half for Mountainburg and she drained 8 of 8 three pointers during that contest. Moore led the Lady Dragons with 21 points against Hector.
The Lady Dragons host Cedarville on Monday and will take on Lavaca on Dec. 2 at the Pinnacle Communications Tournament at 7 p.m.
West Fork 41, Mountainburg 24 (Men’s)
Both Evan Merritt and Quincy Pixley had six points each in Tuesday’s season opener for Mountainburg. The Dragons face Danville on Dec. 2 at the Pinnacle Communications Tournament in Lavaca at 5:30 p.m.
Lamar 48, Mulberry 36 (Women’s)
Brittany Edwards scored 22 points in the Lady Jackets’ second loss of the season. Lexi Voorhees added seven.
Mulberry (5-2) hosted Oark on Friday and will travel to Danville on Nov. 25.
Lamar 47, Mulberry 25 (Men’s)
Dalton Reeves paced the Yellow Jackets (3-4) with 13 points. Mulberry was shutdown in the first quarter and scored all 11 of its first half points in the second quarter and trailed 19-11.
Eli Whitlock had four points and both Trevor Martin and Drew Ball had three each.
Mulberry plays Dec. 1 (Monday) at 7:30 p.m. in the Lavaca tournament.