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Lady Pointers hold off Bulldogs; Academy sweeps Ramsey

George "Clay" Mitchell
Press Argus-Courier
Mountainburg's Jodin Davidson goes up for the basket during Thursday's home conference contest against the Magazine Rattlers. Davidson scored 17 points as the Dragons won 67-62. (photo by Belinda Merritt/Special to the PRESS ARGUS-COURIER)

The Lady Pointers picked up a win on Dec. 18 as they held off Springdale 44-37.

Bailee Woodard led Van Buren with 16 points while Brooklyn Kannady tossed in 15. Elizabeth Rainwater contributed eight.

The Pointers defeated Southside at Ramsey Junior High on Dec. 21 as Avery Salisbury paced his squad with 28 points.

Gary Phillips added 10 while Conner Myers, Brandon Miller, and Jaiden Henry each added a combined 23 points.

Van Buren improved to 6-1 overall with a five-game winning streak including 3-0 on the road this season.

HIGH SCHOOL

Magazine held off Mountainburg (1-1) as the Lady Rattlers won 49-44 in overtime during the conference contest on Dec. 17 at Carl D. Rogers Gymnasium.

Jordan Watkins led with 17 points and Haley Reed tossed in 13.

The Lady Dragons took the lead with 43-41 with 3:01 in the fourth quarter but a basket by Kiera Vasquez tied up the game with 1:00 remaining.

It stayed 43-43 until 1:39 left in overtime when Magazine's Kylie Robinson scored. The Lady Rattlers went up 47-43 after they scored off an inbound pass. Reed made a free throw with 21.4 seconds remaining.

• Ethan Gregory scored 21 points and both Waylon Cluck and Jodin Davidson added 17 points each as the Dragons (11-1) defeated Magazine 67-62.

• The Lady Jackets defeated Ozark Catholic 37-23 on Dec. 18. Ashtyn Conley led with 12 points and Payton King tossed in 11. Amee Parish had six and Madi Mcnatt tossed in five for Mulberry. The Lady Jackets' next two games are scheduled for Jan. 1-2, 2021, against Oark and Sacred Heart at "Cotton" Havener Gymnasium.   

• The Yellow Jackets came up short in the 52-49 overtime loss to the Ozark Catholic Griffins. Both Joseph Lewis and Tyler Williams had 14 points for Mulberry. Tuff Villines and Brycen Marvin added six and five points respectively.

JUNIOR HIGH

The Lady Rams battled in the fourth and led off with a 7-0 run as Van Buren was scoreless for the first 3:34 of the quarter.

However, it wasn't enough as Van Buren led 27-7 to begin the final quarter and finished with a 33-21 win on Dec. 17.

Kaydence Flemming, who finished the eighth-grade game with seven points, led all scorers for Ramsey with 12 points with six rebounds, a steal, and a block.

Van Buren had balanced scoring with Vi Johnson leading with nine followed by Sophie Goerig (eight), and Lanie Moore (seven). Goerig also had a game-high nine rebounds as the Lady Pointers out-rebounded Ramsey 35-12. Johnson and Moore added eight and six boards respectively. Gracie Johnson came off the bench and had five rebounds.

It may be the final game for the Van Buren Freshman Academy to play a River Valley Conference game at Ramsey. Fort Smith is constructing its own version of the freshmen academies and will transfer the freshman from the junior highs to either Northside or Southside in the Fall of 2021. The current junior highs will become middle schools for Fort Smith.

• Jason Cazzell finished with a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds as Van Buren defeated Ramsey 53-35 on Dec. 17. Drew Brasuell led the Pointers with 17 points. Ramsey's Marco Smith hit four treys and led the game with 19 points. The Pointers had 20 rebounds in the first half and out-rebounded Ramsey 35-18.

• The Dragons moved to 11-1 with a 42-20 win against Magazine on Dec. 17 at home. Glavine McDonald led his team with 13 points while Ryan Allen and Mitchell Moxley contributed 10 and seven points respectively.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

• Lillian Gilbert led Butterfield Trail with 11 points and Camryn Schmidt tossed in six as the Lady Pointers defeated Ramsey 28-18 on Dec. 17, in Fort Smith.

• Cameron Keller scored 12 points in the third quarter as Butterfield Trail won 35-19 at Ramsey on Dec. 17. Butterfield Trail outscored Ramsey 12-0 in the third quarter to take a 29-10 heading in the fourth. Trenton Cooley and James Paghari-on added five points each for the Pointers.