The Cedarville girls didn’t just run out of time against Alma on Saturday at the Charles B. Dyer Crawford County Classic, they ran out of players.

Cedarville led Alma late in regulation but six players fouled out and the Lady Pirates had to finish the game short-handed. The Lady Pirates played the first overtime with four players and the second with just three.

Alma took advantage of the power play for an 85-81 win in double overtime.

"We just made some mistakes" Cedarville girls coach Jody Fincher said. "But they played hard the whole game. It’s been frustrating because we have lost a lot of close games, but they are not giving up and playing hard every night."

There were more than 70 fouls and more than 100 free throws attempted in the game. In addition to Cedarville’s six players who fouled out, Alma had two starters foul out and had several more in foul problems.

"I think we had just as many fouls, we just had a few more players to play," Alma coach Madeline Flenor said. "There are the new rules, but both teams were pressing and both teams were fouling some on purpose when we were behind. Then you throw in the two extra overtimes and you get a lot of people in foul trouble. We had a little more depth and that made the difference."

Robin Stewart led Alma with 28 points before fouling out. Laina Wright had 21 for Alma and Hailey Ostrander had 12.

Bailee Murphy, a sophomore, led Cedarville (1-7) with 30 points.

"She had a great game," Fincher said. "Even when we were down to three players in that second overtime, they still couldn’t guard her."

Cedarville was also playing without three-year starter Mailia Hernandez, who was on vacation.

"She went on a cruise," Fincher said. "We could have used her tonight."

It was a back-and-forth game the whole way with Cedarville pushing it to OT when Bailee Murphy made two free throws with 18 seconds left for a 60-60 tie.

The Lady Pirates led 71-67 in the first overtime when they had to start playing with just four players. Alma’s Cassie Cochran hit a 3-pointer that forced a second OT at 72-72.

Cochran also hit another 3-pointer early in the second OT that pushed Alma ahead.

"I thought a big key was how we shot free throws in the overtime," Flenor said. "Stewart and Ostrander were both 8-of-9 in the extra periods."

Alma 67, Cedarville 32 (Men’s)

Alma finished the Classic a perfect 3-0.

Austin Lee scored 16 points for Alma (4-1) as Mason Wight and Braxton Anderson each had 10. Ten different Airedales got in the scoring column.

Garrett Parson had 15 points for Cedarville.

Mountainburg 36, Mulberry 23 (Women’s)

The Lady Dragons retained their claim of the women’s championship of the Crawford County Classic and avenged their loss to Mulberry in the Golden Arrow Classic earlier in the week.

Moutainburg is currently undefeated in the county tournament having won all three games last season.

Tara Webb led the game with 16 points and Kaylyn Moore added 14.

Logan Archer paced Mulberry with seven points.


Alma 67, Cedarville 32

Cedarville 7 12 8 5 — 32

Alma 22 15 28 2 — 67

Cedarville: Parsons 15, Fincher 7, Cantrell 6, Miller 2, Hernandez 1, Wheeler 1.

Alma: Lee 16, Wight 10, Anderson 10, Folkerts 7, Baker 7, Harris 5, Siler 4, Parker 4, Beneux 2, Clark 2.

Mulberry 37, Mountainburg 33

Mountainburg 5 5 4 19 — 33

Mulberry 7 8 10 12 — 37

Mountainburg: Campbell 14, Rutherford 9, Allen 5, Meritt 5.

Mulberry: Stringer 16, Jones 12, Smith 7, Reeves 2.


Alma 85, Cedarville 81 (2 OT)

Cedarville 13 14 17 16 12 9 — 81

Alma 15 14 14 17 12 13 — 85

Cedarville (1-7): Murphy 29, Arnold 11, Knight 11, Ruiz 7, Armer 6, Davidoff 6, Williams 6, Brown 5.

Alma (2-3): Stewart 28, Wright 21, Ostrander 12, Cochran 9, C.Rainwater 8, Newton 4, Terhune 3.

Mountainburg 36, Mulberry 23

Mountainburg 9 5 11 11 — 36

Mulberry 8 1 12 2 — 23

Mountainburg: Webb 16, Moore 14, Peters 4, Pense 2.

Mulberry: Archer 7, Cagle 5, Edwards 4, Voorhees 4, Neagle 3.