Brittany Edwards scored a game-high 22 points — including five 3-pointers — and Mulberry’s defense contained Alma down the stretch in a 54-47 win Friday on the second day of the Charles B. Dyer Crawford County Classic.

Alma fought back from a three-point halftime deficit to take a 40-39 lead behind Cassie Cochran’s bucket in the final minute of the third quarter. But Mulberry pulled away in the fourth quarter when Edwards and Rebecca Treat combined to make 8-for-10 from the free-throw line.

"This is our third game in three days and I wasn’t sure what we’d have left in our legs, but it’s always nice coming here, playing Alma, a big school, and it’s a nice win for us," Mulberry coach Adam Carlton said. "Defensively, we did a great job. (Alma’s Robin Stewart) had five points and if you can hold her to five points, I think that’s a good job for us."

Hailey Ostrander, who paced the Airedalettes with 16 points, hit a 3-pointer in the final minute that pulled Alma to within four, but it was too little, too late.

"We’ve had back-to-back tough ones," Alma coach Madelyn Flenor said. "That was our fourth game and it’s a learning process, trying to figure out what’s going to work for us and what’s not, and I’m seeing lots of good things. You can see lots of energy and effort, but there are some things we’ve got to fix.

"We haven’t adjusted well to that wide zone that’s probably because we like to run, and that closed us down a little bit. But I think we’re going to be okay."

Alma 59, Mulberry 22 (Men’s)

Alma outscored Mulberry 26-3 in the second half en route to a comfortable victory. Jake Folkerts and Austin Lee led the Airedales with 12 and 11 points.

Alma led by 14 at the half and quickly built on its lead in the third quarter. Folkerts’ layup at the 5:14 mark made it 37-22 and Braylon Parker’s bucket off a loose ball pushed the Airedales’ lead to 20 a couple of minutes later. Brennan Harris’ 3-pointer from the corner beat the buzzer which gave Alma a 51-22 after three quarters.

"We’ve been able to work at developing some depth and consequently, that’s going to make us better," Alma coach Stan Flenor said. "We’re a team that is nine or 10 (players) deep. I thought we played really hard. Sometimes it’s not going to bounce right, you play a late game, it’s quiet in the gym and sometimes, you’ve got to make your own magic. I was proud of them. We came back in the second half and put them away.

"We’ve got a big challenge tomorrow night against a really solid Cedarville team that plays well against us. It’ll be a good test for us."

Audie Stringer led the Yellowjackets with eight points.

Cedarville 64, Mountainburg 36 (Men’s)

Garrett Parson poured in 30 points to lead the Pirates past the Dragons. Cedarville built a huge first-half lead, sparked by a 17-0 second quarter. The Dragons were held scoreless for 11:14 of the game that stretched from the first quarter until Trey Allen sparked a 10-0 run.

Allen, who finished with 11 points, scored eight during the run.

Lonnie Campbell led Mountainburg with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Parson had a game-high nine rebounds as the Pirates led on the boards, 36-21.

Mountainburg 47, Cedarville 35 (Women’s)

Mountainburg pulled away in the fourth quarter to top Cedarville. Mountainburg’s Tara Webb led all scorers with 17 points and Bailee Murphy paced Cedarville with 14.

Both teams were locked into a close contest as Cedarville pulled within four, 37-33, heading into the fourth quarter.

Webb shot 7 of 7 from the free-throw line as the team was 13 of 16 from the line.

Auburn Peters finished with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds and five steals. Webb added six rebounds and five blocks.



Mulberry 14 14 11 15 — 54

Alma 16 9 15 7 — 47

Mulberry (12-2): Edwards 22, Voorhees 11, Cagle 9, Fisher 8, Archer 4.

Alma (1-3): Ostrander 16, Newton 9, Rainwater 7, Stewart 5, Wright 3, Dyer 2, Brown 2, Dunbar 2, Terhune 1.


Mountainburg 10 11 16 10 — 47

Cedarville 5 11 17 2 — 35

Mountainburg (9-2): Webb 17, Peters 13, Moore 10, Berman 5, Pense 2.

Cedarville (1-6): Murphy 14, Williams 6, Brown 5, Arnold 4, Knight 4, Armer 2.



Mulberry 11 8 3 0 — 22

Alma 18 15 18 8 — 59

Mulberry (4-9): Stringer 8, K. Reeves 4, Jones 4, W. Reeves 3, Smith 2, Brake 1

Alma (3-1): Folkerts 12, Lee 11, Harris 8, Parker 8, Anderson 7, Beneux 5, Wight 3, Friddle 2, Grubs 2, Siler 2.


Cedarville 18 17 14 15 — 64

Mountainburg 9 0 16 11 — 36

Cedarville (5-2): Parson 30, Cantrell 12, Fincher 6, Simkins 4, Pittman 3, Crowder 3, Miller 3, Walters 2, Myers 1.

Mountainburg (1-5): Campbell 15, Allen 11, Patterson 4, Rutherford 2, Merritt 2.