Morrilton pulls away from Heber Springs in senior girls action

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Heber Springs’ Hope Turney goes up for a shot during second-half action against Morrilton Tuesday night at the Panther Den. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

HEBER SPRINGS – Heber Springs was held to five points in the first and four quarters and fell to Morrilton, 46-24, in 4-4A senior girls action.

The Panthers were held scoreless in the first quarter but was able to hold the Devil Dogs to six points in the same time frame.

The two teams battled in the second quarter with 10 points each as Heber Springs got points from four players (Molly Smith, Jaylea Hooten, Hope Turney and Sophie Stone).

Hooten would make the front end of a one-and-one before adding a three-point play to pull the Panthers to within a basket at 16-14 with 4:37 left in the third quarter.

Morrilton would answer with a 7-0 run over the next 1:26 on a pair of baskets by Cheyanne Kemp and a 3-pointer by Grace Brown.

A Hooten field goal and a Madison Clemons 3-pointer would keep Heber Springs close to start the fourth quarter trailing, 29-19.

Morrilton would outscore the Panthers, 17-5, in the fourth quarter to take control.

Morrilton, which has won 12 out of its last 13, improves to 12-3 overall and 2-0 in the 4-4A.

Heber Springs fell to 10-6 overall and 0-2 in conference. The Panthers will travel to Dardanelle (2-9, 1-2) looking for their first conference win. The Sand Lizards have lost four straight.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (24): Hope Turney 1, Madison Clemons 3, Jaylea Hooten 12, Sophie Stone 6, Molly Smith 2

MORRILTON SCORING (46): Knyah Clemons 2, Cheyanne Kemp 17, Grace Brown 13, Jennifer Hartman 2, Kamryn Reel 8, Johnna Brockman 2, Jeniah Johnson 2.

Quitman downs host to win tournament

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The Quitman senior girls basketball team after winning the Mount Vernon-Enola Holiday Classic Tournament on Thursday. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

MOUNT VERNON – Three Lady Bulldogs finished in double figures as Quitman claimed the championship trophy of the Mount Vernon-Enola Holiday Tournament.

Senior Silver Mulliniks led the way with 22 points followed by Taylor Hooten with 16 and Katelyn Black with 10.

Quitman (13-1) trailed for less than 60 seconds on the night. After jumping out to a 5-0 advantage on a 3-pointer by Hooten and a pair of free throws by Mulliniks, Mount Vernon-Enola (19-2) would answer at the 4:39 mark of the first quarter. Baskets by Olivia McClelland, A.J. Person, Jaley Belote and Dessie McCarty would spark an 8-0 run and give the Lady Warhawks an 8-5 lead with 2:41 left in the first quarter.

Mulliniks and Hooten would close out the quarter with 3-pointers for Quitman as the Lady Bulldogs led 11-8.

Quitman would hit 10 3-pointers on the night and Black would drill one of those for the Lady Bulldogs to make it a 15-8 contest with 6:47 left before the half.

Mount Vernon-Enola would pull within one at 14-13 at the 2:30 point of the second quarter after a Ally Mendoza 3-pointer, but Hooten would answer on the other end with a 3-pointer of her own to push Quitman’s advantage back to four points.

After leading 20-16 at the break, McCarty would pull the Lady Warhawks back to within two points at 20-18 with 7:14 to play in the third quarter, but Hooten would hit a 3-pointer, a pair of free throws and a field goal over the next 1:14 to push the Lady Bulldogs advantage to nine at 27-18.

Mount Vernon-Enola would make it a six-point game twice the rest of the way. The first time at 34-28 with 1:56 left in the third quarter after a McClelland basket and the last time with 7:06 left in the contest after a three-point play by McClelland made it 41-35.

Quitman would close the contest on a 12-4 run as Mulliniks had 8 during that stretch.

Hooten finished with four 3-points on the night and Mulliniks had three.

Quitman returns to conference action on Monday, Jan. 10, at Bigelow.

With only one senior and one junior on the roster, all of the scoring for Mount Vernon-Enola was handled by sophomores, led by McCarty’s 14 points.

The Warhawks will face Wonderview in conference play on Friday (Jan. 7).

MOUNT VERNON-ENOLA SCORING (43): Marlee Raby 7, A.J. Person 4, Dessie McCarty 14, Jaley Belote 2, Olivia McClelland 8, Ally Mendoza 8

QUITMAN SCORING (58): Silver Mulliniks 22, Emi Kennedy 5, Jadie Langston 1, Katelyn Black 10, Taylor Hooten 16, Macy Broadway 2, Cailyn Sullivan 2

Field set for tournament at Mount Vernon-Enola

MOUNT VERNON-ENOLA HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
at Mount Vernon-Enola High School
SENIOR GIRLS
December 28th
Game 1 - Mount Vernon-Enola vs. Concord (10 a.m.)
Game 3 - Morrilton Sacred Heart vs. Conway Christian (12:30 p.m.)
Game 5 - Heber Springs vs. Nemo Vista (3 p.m.)
Game 7 - Quitman vs. Midland (5:30 p.m.)
December 29th
Game 9 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 5 (10 a.m.)
Game 11 - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 7 (12:30 p.m.)
Game 13 - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 7 (3 p.m.)
Game 15 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 5 (5:30 p.m.)
December 30th
Game 17 - Loser Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11 (10 a.m.)
Game 19 - Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 11 (12:30 p.m.)
Game 21 - Loser Game 13 vs. Loser Game 15 (3 p.m.)
Game 23 - Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 15 (5:30 p.m.) 
SENIOR BOYS
December 28th
Game 2 - Concord vs. Morrilton Sacred Heart (11:15 a.m.)
Game 4 - Nemo Vista vs. Conway Christian (1:45 p.m.)
Game 6 - Heber Springs vs. Quitman (4:15 p.m.)
Game 8 - Mount Vernon-Enola vs. Midland (6:45 p.m.)
December 29th
Game 10 - Loser Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8 (11:15 a.m.)
Game 12 - Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 4 (1:45 p.m.)
Game 14 - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 4 (4:15 p.m.
Game 16 - Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 8 (6:45 p.m.)
December 30th
Game 18 - Loser Game 10 vs. Loser Game 12 (11:15 a.m.)
Game 20 - Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 12 (1:45 p.m.)
Game 22 - Loser Game 14 vs. Loser Game 16 (4:15 p.m.)
Game 24 - Winner Game 14 vs. Winner Game 16 (6:45 p.m.)


Lady Panthers fall in rubber match to Lady Hornets

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Heber Springs’ Jaylea Hooten drives for a basketball against South Side Bee Branch’s E. Thomas (35) late in the fourth quarter at the Panther. Hooten made the lay-up and a drew a foul on the play. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

HEBER SPRINGS – South Side Bee Branch’s final 12 points all came from the free-throw line as the Hornets held off Heber Springs, 44-36, in nonconference senior girls action at the Panther Den.

The win by South Side Bee Branch avenged a 47-41 victory by Heber Springs on Dec. 4 on a neutral court in Conway.

On Tuesday, a cold second quarter doomed the Panthers (8-2) as they were outscored 12-4 in the stanza to trail at the half 18-11.

Heber Springs, which trailed 26-18 at the end of the third, went on an 8-1 run midway through the fourth quarter to pull within three at 29-26 after a 3-pointer by Sophie Stone and a three-point play by Jaylea Hooten with 4:11 left.

After a pair of free throws by South Side’s Jewel Walley, the Panthers would make it a 2-point game at 31-29 with three minutes left. Stone would hit the front end of a one-and-one while Hooten would stick the rebound back up for two.

Brinkley Smith would have an answer for the Hornets on their next possession when she drilled a 3-pointer from the corner to make 34-29.

From that point on, South Side Bee Branch (10-10) would hit 12-of-14 over the final 2:08 to hold on for the win.

On the night, the Hornets hit 21-of-25 (84 percent) while Heber Springs was 1o-of-17 (58.5 percent).

Hooten led all scorers with 19 points.

Heber Springs will open conference play Friday night at Ozark (7-3).

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (36): Madison Clemons 1, Jaylea Hooten 19, Addison Hudspeth 4, Sophie Stone 7, Savannah Stout 3, Molly Smith 2

SOUTH SIDE BEE BRANCH SCORING (44): Erin Holland 2, Brinkley Smith 7, Marli Huddleston 4, Mollie Leonard 7, Jewel Walley 8, Emily Walley 13, Maggie Bradford 2, Emily Thomas 3

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HEBER SPRINGS SENIOR GIRLS
2021-2022 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
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(Record: 8-2, 4-4A Conference: 0-0)
Nov. 09   Heber Springs 53, Mount St. Mary 42
Nov. 15   Heber Springs 59, Newport 44
Nov. 18   Heber Springs 46, Bald Knob 33
Nov. 22   Heber Springs 55, Guy-Perkins 43
Nov. 23   Heber Springs 60, Shirley 20
Nov. 29   Mayflower 61, Heber Springs 25 +
Dec. 02   Heber Springs 45, Conway St. Joseph 44 +
Dec. 04   Heber Springs 47, South Side Bee Branch 41 +
Dec. 07   Heber Springs 49, Benton Harmony Grove 43
Dec. 14   South Side Bee Branch 44, Heber Springs 36
Dec. 17   at Ozark (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m. *
Dec. 20   at Lonoke (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m. 
Dec. 21   at Des Arc (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m.
Dec. 28-30 at Mount Vernon-Enola Tournament (SG, SB)
Jan. 04   Morrilton (SGJV, SBJV, SG, SB), 6 p.m. *
Jan. 07   at Dardanelle (JG, JB. SG, SB), 4 p.m. *
Jan. 11   at Clarksville (SBJV, SG, SB), 5 p.m. *
Jan. 14   Pottsville (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m. *
Jan. 21   Ozark (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m. *
Jan. 25   at Morrilton (SGJB, SBJB, SG, SB), 6 p.m. *
Feb. 01   Dardanelle (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m.
Feb. 03   Clarksville (SBJV, SG, SB), 5 p.m. *
Feb. 08   at Pottsville (SGJV, SG, SB), 6 p.m. *
Feb. 14   District Tournament at Subiaco Academy

(+ - Conway St. Joseph Tournament)

Lady Panthers down Lady Cardinals

HASKELL – With Heber Springs’ leading scorer Jaylea Hooten held to four points, a trio of Panthers stepped up finishing in double figures in helping lead Heber Springs to a 49-43 nonconference victory over Benton Harmony Grove.

Addison Hudspeth paced Heber Springs with 16 points as the Panthers were tied at 9-all at the end of the first quarter and led 24-13 at the break.

Savannah Stout finished with 12 and Hope Turney added 11 to round out the trio that scored in double figures.

The Cardinals got back into the contest in the third quarter outscoring Heber Springs 18-8, thanks in part to four 3-pointers in the quarter by senior Kallyn Sussamon.

Sussamon scored a game-high 20 points, including nailing six of the seven 3-pointers made by Harmony Grove on the night.

Heber Springs dropped 11 3-pointers led by Stout with four, Turner and Hudspeth with three and Emily Fuller with one.

The Panthers outscored the Cardinals, 17-12, in the final quarter.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (49): Hope Turney 11, Jaylea Hooten 4, Addison Hudspeth 16, Savannah Stout 12, Molly Smith 3, Emily Fuller 3.

BENTON HARMONY GROVE SCORING (43): Grace Reese 9, Olivia Wallace 2, Kallyn Sussamon  20, Lanie Chancellor 7, Emma Baker 3

Heber Springs holds off South Side Bee Branch

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Heber Springs’ Lindsay Southerland dribbles past South Side Bee Branch’s Jewel Walley in senior girls action the Family Activities Center in Conway. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

CONWAY – Heber Springs got 16 points from Addison Hudspeth as the Panthers downed South Side Bee Branch, 47-41, in a consolation contest of the St. Joseph Tournament at the Family Activities Center.

Heber Springs led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter and 23-17 at the break.

The game remained tight throughout the third quarter as a Molly Smith basket gave the Panthers a 29-21 advantage with 5:45 left in the third quarter, before Marli Huddleton field goal capped a 6-0 run that put the score a 29-27 with 2:22 remaining in the stanza.

Hudspeth would go on a 5-0 run with a 3-pointer, one of three on the afternoon, and a short jumper with 59 seconds left pushed the Heber Springs advantage back to seven at 34-27.

Mollie Leonard hit a pair of free throws for the Hornets and Jewel Walley drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 34-31 heading into the final quarter.

Junior Jaylea Hooten would take over in the fourth quarter scoring seven points, including the only two field goals for Heber Springs in the quarter, to fuel a 7-2 run that saw the Panthers increase their advantage to 41-33 with 4:48 left.

South Side Bee Branch (7-9) would make it a six-point contest with less than a minute to go but Heber Springs would salt the game away from the free-throw line. The Panthers finished the quarter 9-of-15 from the line and 11-of-20 on the afternoon.

“The game was a little closer than I wanted it to be,” Heber Springs coach Spencer Gay said, “but I was proud of the effort and was really proud of the girls fixing some ball-handling problems we’ve had.”

Heber Springs came into the tournament with an undefeated record but suffered their first loss of the season in the pool-play opener to Mayflower.

“That  game was tough,” Gay said.  “I don’t want to harp on that because winning two out of three (in the tournament) was pretty big time for us. I was proud of that.”

The first-year Panther coach would later add that the loss could benefit Heber Springs when they get into conference play.

“They played us a style that we are going to see later down the road,” Gay said.  “I saw a (ball-handling) problem. Our kids saw a problem and they’ve worked every day since to fix it. It’s not going to happen overnight, but a month from now, but you are going to see a different team.”

The win improved Heber Springs to 7-1 on the season.

“I am ecstatic where we are,” Gay said. “I think it says a lot about the kids.”

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (47): Hope Turney 1, Jaylea Hooten 15, Addison Hudspeth 16, Sophie Stone 4, Molly Smith 8, Emily Fuller 3.

SOUTH SIDE BEE BRANCH SCORING (41): Brinkley Smith 2, Marli Huddleston 3, Mollie Leonard 8, Jewel Walley 13, Emily Walley 14, Maggie Bradford 2.

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HEBER SPRINGS SENIOR GIRLS
2021-2022
(Click on a game for previous details)
(Record: 7-1, 4-4A Conference: 0-0)
Nov. 09   Heber Springs 53, Mount St. Mary 42
Nov. 15   Heber Springs 59, Newport 44
Nov. 18   Heber Springs 46, Bald Knob 33
Nov. 22   Heber Springs 55, Guy-Perkins 43
Nov. 23   Heber Springs 60, Shirley 20
Nov. 29   Mayflower 61, Heber Springs 25 +
Dec. 02   Heber Springs 45, Conway St. Joseph 44 +
Dec. 04   Heber Springs 47, South Side Bee Branch 41 +
Dec. 07   at Benton Harmony Grove (JG, SG, SB), 5 p.m.
Dec. 14   South Side Bee Branch (JG, SG, SB), 5 p.m.
Dec. 17   at Ozark (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m. *
Dec. 20   at Lonoke (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m. 
Dec. 21   at Des Arc (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m.
Dec. 28-30 at Mount Vernon-Enola Tournament (SG, SB)
Jan. 04   Morrilton (SGJV, SBJV, SG, SB), 6 p.m. *
Jan. 07   at Dardanelle (JG, JB. SG, SB), 4 p.m. *
Jan. 11   at Clarksville (SBJV, SG, SB), 5 p.m. *
Jan. 14   Pottsville (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m. *
Jan. 21   Ozark (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m. *
Jan. 25   at Morrilton (SGJB, SBJB, SG, SB), 6 p.m. *
Feb. 01   Dardanelle (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m.
Feb. 03   Clarksville (SBJV, SG, SB), 5 p.m. *
Feb. 08   at Pottsville (SGJV, SG, SB), 6 p.m. *
Feb. 14   District Tournament at Subiaco Academy

(+ - Conway St. Joseph Tournament)

Heber Springs downs host in tournament

CONWAY – Jaylea Hooten and Molly Smith each scored in double figures as Heber Springs held off the host, Conway St. Joseph, 45-44, at the Family Activities Center in a tournament contest.

Hooten finished with a team-high 15 points while Smith added 10 as the Panthers trailed 8-4 at the end of the first quarter, but battled back to take a 20-19 advantage into the break.

Heber Springs would lead 38-29 at the end of the third quarter before the Bulldogs would keep close the rest of the way.

Conway St. Joseph’s Kaitlyn Kordsmeier led all scorers with 17 points, including four 3-pointers.

Hooten was a perfect seven-for-seven from the free-throw line for the Panthers as Heber Springs finished 13 of 18 on the night.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (45): Hope Turney 3, Jaylea Hooten 15, Addison Hudspeth 9, Sophie Stone 8, Molly Smith 10.

CONWAY ST. JOSEPH SCORING (44): Kaitlyn Kordsmeier 17, Chloe Skinner 3, Ashlynn Vote 8, Presli Webb 4, Olivia Williams 9, Lydia Humphrey 3.

Heber Springs handles Southside Batesville in JV action

HEBER SPRINGS – Molly Smith finished with 16 points as Heber Springs defeated Southside Batesville, 44-30, in senior girls junior varsity play at the Panther Den.

Heber Springs led 24-15 at the half.

Madison Edington paced the Southerners with 10 points.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (44): Molly Smith 16, Kylie Carr 8, Sophie Stone 8, Emily Fuller 6, Lindsay Southerland 2, Ava Little 2.

SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE (30): Madison Edington 10, Rose Branscum 8, Carrigan Cossey 6, Avery Simpson 4, Milam 2.

Mayflower hands Heber Springs first loss

CONWAY – Mayflower knocked down nine 3-pointers and had three players finish in double figures in scoring as they defeated Heber Springs, 61-25, in the St. Joseph tournament at the Family Activities Center.

Hailey Francis finished with 17 points, Kiara Williamson added 12 and Karley Brown with 10 as the Eagles led 22-6 at the end of the first quarter and 42-13 at the break.

Heber Springs was paced by Jaylea Hooten’s 10 points.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (25): Hope Turney 2, Jaylea Hooten 10, Addison Hudspeth 1, Sophie Stone 5, Emily Fuller 2.

MAYFLOWER SCORING (61): Hailey Francis 17, Karley Brown 10, London Webb 2, Riley Whittington 9, Olivia Patterson 3, Kiara Williamson 12, Ella York 8.

Heber Springs disposes of Shirley

SHIRLEY – Heber Springs raced out to a 25-4 first-quarter advantage and didn’t look back in downing Shirley, 60-20, in nonconference action.

Eleven players scored for the Panthers, paced by Emily Fuller’s 9 points, as Heber Springs led 46-6 at the half and 55-6 at the end of the third quarter.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (60): Hope  Turney 7, Madison Clemons 6, Jaylea Hooten 6, Addison Hudspeth 5, Sophie Stone 5, Savannah Stout 3, Lindsay Southerland 8, Molly Smith 6, Olivia Norton 3, Emily Fuller  9, Ava Little 2.

SHIRLEY SCORING (20): Haydie Breedlove 2, Ariana Bradford 7, Alex Bradford 9, Abigail Hensley 2.