Danville puts up a fight after coach ejected.
The two versus three seed games on the second day of the Class 2A West/Central Regional basketball tournament being held through Saturday at Magazine’s Diamondback Arena started with a coach ejection in the opener and ended with a highly touted sophomore taking a game over to complete a sweep by the District 2A-4 East boys teams in the field.
In the finale of the day it was Jacksonville Lighthouse’s Devonte Davis slamming home the final points of the night to punctuate his game-high 13-point effort, all of which came in the second half, with 10 coming in the final quarter.
Davis gave the Wolves a 25-20 with a 3 at the 2:38 mark of the third quarter but a pair of 3s by Eureka Springs' Slade Clark had the Highlanders back in front, 26-25, by the end of the quarter.
Davis gave Jacksonville Lighthouse (19-14), the two-seed from the 2A-4 East, the lead for good with a basket with 4:50 to play that made it 29-28. His fourth basket in less than four minutes had the Wolves up 37-30 and free throws by Chris Mims pushed it to 41-32 before the dunk with six seconds left.
Eric Miles scored 12 for the Wolves. Eureka Springs (17-13), the three-seed from the 2A-4 West was led by Garrett Cross with 12 points and Carter Drennon added 11.
Bigelow 65 Danville 61
The Lady Panthers got 34 points from freshman Jill Nutt to outlast Danville, 65-61.
The Lady Little Johns played the final 3:53 of the third and the fourth quarter without head coach R.J. Smith, who was ejected with successive technical fouls called by two officials within seconds of each other.
Smith’s dismissal came after his own freshman sensation, Maddie Stanley, was whistled for her third foul of the third quarter and fourth of the game – two on player control calls.
Nutt hit three of the four technical foul shots to give Bigelow (11-15), the three-seed from the 2A-4 East, a 42-33 lead, but even with Smith gone the Lady Little Johns continued to make a push.
Stanley scored five fourth quarter points, all coming at the free throw line, including one on the second end of a two shot foul that came 15 seconds after Alexis Minnie had actually missed the first shot of what was initially signaled a one-and-one, though the Bigelow foul count had reached 10.
Two of Stanley’s free throws made it a one possession game at 58-55 with 2:07 left but a basket by Jasmine Mayo and four Nutt free throws kept the Lady Little Johns (13-13), who was the two-seed from the 2A-4 West after going into the district tournament as the five seed last week.
Minnie led Danville with 15 points. Stanley added 14 points and 13 rebounds and Jamie Drywater scored 10 points.
Hackett 58 Pangburn 50
The Lady Hornets rang the Bell, so to speak, early and often in their 58-50 win over Pangburn.
Cassie Bell scored 26 points and pulled down 16 rebounds for the Lady Hornets (24-4), the three-seed from the 2A-4 West. Maggie Bell added 10 points and five rebounds of her own for Hackett.
After four first quarter lead changes, Hackett would open a double-digit lead in the second quarter and lead the rest of the way against the Pangburn (30-5), the two-seed from the 2A-4 East.
However, the Lady Tigers would three times get within two points, twice early in the fourth quarter, both times after buckets by Kylee Huggin, who scored 16 points. But Maggie Bell answered the call with baskets each time for Hackett to push it back to a two possession game.
Hackett led just 52-50 with 1:44 left but 30 seconds later Cassie Bell made it a two possession game again and both Bell girls added two free throws to nail it down for Hackett.
Tylar Vernon led Pangburn with 17 points.
England 54 Hackett 43
With 6:05 to play in the third quarter the Hornets had a 30-20 lead. Then, the Lions awakened and pulled away to win, 54-43.
England (21-7), the three-seed from the 2A-4 East went on a 23-4 run to open a 43-34 lead with 3:10 to play and would pull out to a lead as big as 16 before settling for the 11-point decision.
Leading the comeback for the Lions were Tyler Woods, Kevante Davis, Warren Green, and Corey Hunter. Hunter led the way with 16 points and seven rebounds and Green added 15 points. Woods and Davis both scored eight, combining for 15 second half points.
Hackett, who emerged from the six-seed spot in the 2A-4 West district tournament bracket to claim the league's two seed, was led by Tanner Satterfield and Brady Hester with 10 points apiece. Matthew Moran added nine. Satterfield also had eight rebounds for the Hornets (14-17).