Lady Pointers win in OT; Wolverines rain threes
Avery Shelly's shot at the overtime buzzer gave Van Buren another win at Clair Bates Arena on Dec. 22.
The Lady Pointers battled back from a small deficit to top Bentonville West 48-46 while the Pointers fell to the Wolverines 78-63.
Van Buren trailed the entirety of the game but Shelly hit her one-and-one with 16 seconds remaining in regulation. The Lady Wolverines had a shot at the end but a turnover at the 8-second mark sent the game into overtime.
It was the second such win at home as a late shot by Brooklyn Kannady gave the Lady Pointers a 53-52 victory.
"This one was much closer," said Van Buren coach Michael Kinney. "Bentonville West came out and they played harder, faster, and stronger than we did. But these girls... they kept playing and kept waiting for the opportunity to take the shot if they have it. Our girls aren't bashful. I'm hoping this will prepare us for conference."
West High led by as much as seven points (18-11) after Savanah Ragel hit one of her free throws with 5:23 remaining in the first half. Shelly closed out the half with a pair of free throws and hit a bucket to make it 20-16.
Shelly led all scorers with 22 points and Kannady added 11. Savanah Ragel had 18 points to lead the Lady Wolverines, and Lynette Trap added nine points and 12 rebounds.
With the two-point game, one of the biggest differences in the contest was Van Buren hitting 16 of 18 from the free-throw line while the Lady Wolverines was 10 of 17. Kannady hit all six of her shots from the line and Shelly was 8 of 8.
Both Pointer teams traveled to Har-Ber on Dec. 28 and begin conference play at home on Jan. 5 against Russellville.
West High 78, Van Buren 63
MEN'S — The Wolverines hit 11 three-pointers in the first half to pull away from Van Buren early in the Dec. 22 nonconference win.
Tucker Anderson led the charge as he led his team with 22 points with six of his team's three-pointers. West High finished with 14 for the contest. Van Buren had five in the first half but trailed 42-31 at the break.
Avery Salisbury led all scorers for the Pointers (6-2) with 26 points and four of the five three-pointers. Gary Phillips added 18 and Brandon Miller tossed in 11.
The Wolverines had three other players reach double digits with Dawson Price and Riley Buccino with 12 each and Jacob McGhee scored all 11 of his points in the second half.
The loss snapped a five-game win string for Van Buren.