Panthers fall in home-opener to T-Birds

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Heber Springs junior Gavin Vaughn brings the ball up against Guy-Perkins Monday night at the Panther Den. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

HEBER SPRINGS – Gabriel Stickland finished with 28 points as Guy-Perkins downed Heber Springs, 54-39, Monday night at the Panther Den spoiling the opener for the Panthers.

After a 14-10 first quarter, the Thunderbirds outscored Heber Springs, 12-5, in the second quarter to take an 11-point advantage into the half.

The Thunderbirds increased their lead to 41-28 at the end of three quarters.

Parker Brown paced Heber Springs with 16 points while Eli Riggs finished in double figures with 13, including three 3-pointers.

Heber Springs scoring (39): Gavin Vaughn 4, Eli Riggs 13, Parker Brown 16, Ladd Choate 3, Ryan Crocker 3

Guy-Perkins scoring (54): Josiah Stubbs 6, Corey Terrell 3, Julian Everette 8, B.J. Woodruff 6, Gabriel Stickland 28, Sebastian Ealy 2, Aaron Passmore 2

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HEBER SPRINGS SENIOR BOYS
2021-2022
(Click on a game for previous details)
(Record: 1-1, 4-4A Conference: 0-0)
Nov. 18   Heber Springs 43, Bald Knob 37
Nov. 22   Guy-Perkins 54, Heber Springs 39
Nov. 23   at Shirley (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m.
Nov. 29-Dec. 4 at Conway St. Joseph Tournament (SG, SB)
Dec. 07   at Benton Harmony Grove (JG, SG, SB), 5 p.m.
Dec. 10   Subiaco Academy (JB, 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. *
Jan. 28   at Subiaco Academy (JB, SB), 5 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

Heber Springs remains unbeaten with win over Guy-Perkins

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Heber Springs’ Savannah Stout brings the ball up the court against Guy-Perkins Monday night at the Panther Den. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

HEBER SPRINGS – Jaylea Hooten finished with a game-high 22 points as Heber Springs downed Guy-Perkins, 55-43, Monday night at the Panther Den.

While Hooten garnered the attention of Thunderbirds and the scoring honors, it was a sophomore for the Lady Panthers that probably saved the night as Savannah Stout knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points.

“She’s probably the reason we won in all honesty,” Heber Springs coach Spencer Gay said.  “It’s nice we have different weapons. It was Addison (Hudspeth) that stepped up for us at Bald Knob and tonight it was Savannah.

“I was really proud of Savannah for that.”

It was a slow start for the Lady Panthers after a Jo’Mia Ealy basket gave Guy-Perkins an 8-1 lead with 2:46 left in the opening quarter.

“I knew we were going to be in a little bit of trouble, because their style (of play) is not one we like,” Gay said.  “I just had to find a way to get the girls settled in, and it was not even me. The girls just settled themselves pretty well.”

A Hooten 3-pointer at the 2:32 mark of the first quarter provided the first field goal for Heber Springs.

“Once they scored their first bucket,” Gay said, “we can breath and the rest kind of took care of itself.”

The “rest” was a 9-0 run over the next 1:05 to take a 10-8 advantage, before the two teams ended the quarter at 13-all.

The game would remain a back-and-forth affair throughout most of the second quarter before a Hooten free throw would spark an 8-0 run to close out the first half with Heber Springs on top 28-20.

Hooten, who finished the night 9-of-12 from the free-throw line, had 16 points in the first half.

“Every time she touches the ball, you have to know where she is at,” Gay said of Hooten. “I am just impressed with our kids ability to say, ‘You know what, we’ve got your back Jaylea’.”

The Lady Panthers would push their advantage to 10 points after a Stout 3-pointer with 5:46 left in the third quarter.

Field goals by Julissia Young and Mia James would pull the Thunderbirds to within six at 33-27 with 2:35 to go in the third, but the Lady Panthers would go on a 17-0 run over the next seven minutes of game play to take a commanding 50-27 advantage. Stout would fuel the run with three 3-pointers over that stretch.

James paced Guy-Perkins with 13 points as Heber Springs improved to 4-0 with the win.

“Guy scared the crap out of me because of their style,” Gay said.  “I was proud of the girls. It was a good win.”

Guy-Perkins                  13   7   7  16 - 43
Heber Springs (4-0)          13  15  10  17 - 55
Guy-Perkins (43): Paityn Morris 2, Julissia Young 8, McKenna Bradford 1, Alexis Passmore 4, Trinity Kussmaul 5, Anaya Strickland 2, Mia James 13, Jo'Mia Ealy 8.
Heber Springs (59): Hope Turney 4, Kylie Carr 2, Jaylea Hooten 22, Addison Hudspeth 6, Savannah Stout 17, Molly Smith 4

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HEBER SPRINGS SENIOR GIRLS
2021-2022
(Click on a game for previous details)
(Record: 4-0, 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   at Shirley (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m.
Nov. 29-Dec. 4 at Conway St. Joseph Tournament (SG, SB)
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

Heber Springs junior boys down Guy-Perkins

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Heber Springs’ Eli Buffalo attempts to get under a Guy-Perkins defender in action Monday night at the Panther Den. Buffalo was fouled on the play. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

HEBER SPRINGS – Everybody played and 13 players scored as the the Heber Springs junior boys improved to 2-1 on the season with a 45-8 win over Guy-Perkins Monday night at the Panther Den.

Liam Buffalo and Josiah Riggs paced the Panthers with 8 points apiece as Heber Springs led 36-3 at the half.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (45): Seth Dudeck 2, Weston Warden 2, Liam Buffalo 8, Jacob Haskett 1, Braden Biggs 4, Jacob Harrrod 4, Rhett Herring 4, Samuel Bush 2, Atwood 4, Eli Buffalo 2, Gavin Widner 2, Josiah Riggs 8, Farmer 2

GUY-PERKINS SCORING (8): Miles Hale 5, Thomas Lamb 2, Vidik Bryant 1,

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Heber Springs’ Seth Dudeck looks to dribble past a past defender Monday night at the Panther Den. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

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HEBER SPRINGS JUNIOR BOYS
2021-2022 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
OVERALL RECORD: 2-1
4A-4 CONFERENCE: 0-0
(For past write-up click on game)
Nov. 11   Heber Springs 40, Mount Vernon-Enola 35
Nov. 18   Bald Knob 41, Heber Springs 33
Nov. 22   Heber Springs 45, Guy-Perkins 8
Nov. 23   at Shirley
Nov. 30   at Southside Batesville
Dec. 02   Pangburn
Dec. 06   at Cedar Ridge
Dec. 09   at Rose Bud
Dec. 10   Subiaco Academy *
Dec. 17   at Ozark *
Dec. 20   at Lonoke
Dec. 21   at Des Arc
Jan. 06   at South Side Bee Branch
Jan. 07   at Dardanelle *
Jan. 13   White County Central
Jan. 14   Pottsville *
Jan. 21   Ozark *
Jan. 24   at Mayflower
Jan. 27   Bradford
Jan. 28   at Subiaco Academy *
Feb. 01   Dardanelle *
Feb. 03   at Pottsville *
Feb. 05   District Tournament at Dardanelle
(* - Denotes conference contest)

Heber Springs junior girls claim first win

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Heber Springs’ Taylor Parker cuts in front of Guy-Perkins player for a steal in junior girls action Monday night at the Panther Den. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

HEBER SPRINGS — Jovie Smithson finished with 10 points and Ada Choate added a pair of 3-pointers in lifting Heber Springs to 32-15 victory over Guy-Perkins Monday night at the Panther Den in junior girls play.

The victory improved the Panthers to 1-4 on the season.

With the game tied at 8-all at the half, Heber Springs outscored the Thunderbirds 15-4 in the third quarter to pull away as Choate had five points, including a 3-pointers; and Smithson and Taylor Parker each had four.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (32): Taylor Parker 4, Jovie Smithson 10, Zoey Hendrix 1, Mya Foster 3, Kensley Sneed 2, Ella Williams 2, Ada Choate 8, Haven Downs 2.

GUY-PERKINS SCORING (15): K. Henry 4, R. Passmore 3, J. Blaylock 8.

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Heber Springs’ Kensley Sneed drives for a lay-up Monday night at the Panther Den. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

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HEBER SPRINGS JUNIOR GIRLS
2021-2022 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
OVERALL RECORD: 1-4 
4A-4 CONFERENCE: 0-0
(For past write-up click on game)
Nov. 09   Mount St. Mary 21, Heber Springs 16
Nov. 11   Mount Vernon-Enola 37, Heber Springs 21
Nov. 15   Newport 35, Heber Springs 16
Nov. 18   Bald Knob 37, Heber Springs 19
Nov. 22   Heber Springs 32, Guy-Perkins 15
Nov. 23   at Shirley
Nov. 30   Southside Batesville
Dec. 02   Pangburn
Dec. 06   at Cedar Ridge
Dec. 07   at Benton Harmony Grove
Dec. 09   at Rose Bud
Dec. 14   South Side Bee Branch
Dec. 17   at Ozark *
Dec. 20   at Lonoke
Dec. 21   at Des Arc
Jan. 07   at Dardanelle *
Jan. 13   White County Central
Jan. 14   Pottsville *
Jan. 21   Ozark *
Jan. 24   at Mayflower
Jan. 27   Bradford
Feb. 01   Dardanelle *
Feb. 03   at Pottsville *
Feb. 05   District Tournament at Dardanelle
(* - Denotes conference contest)

Heber Springs opens season with win at Bald Knob

BALD KNOB – Heber Springs opened its season with a 43-37 nonconference victory at Bald Knob.

Parker Brown and Gavin Vaughn, who was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, each scored 9 points to pace the Panthers. J.T. Spears finished with 8 points with all of his scoring coming in the fourth quarter as Heber Springs outscored the Bulldogs, 18-13, over that stretch to claim the win.

The Panthers led 11-3 at the end of the first, and 19-11 at the half, but Bald Knob outscored Heber Springs 13-6 in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs Michael Knight led all scorers with 13 points.

Bald Knob Scoring (37): Garrison Onasch 9, Michael Knight 13, Braden Davis 10, Travis Kersey 5

Heber Springs Scoring (43): Gavin Vaughn 9, Eli Riggs 6, Parker Brown 9, Ladd Choate 6, J.T. Spears 8, Ryan Crocker 5

Heber Springs takes care of Bald Knob in senior girls play

BALD KNOB – Addison Hudspeth finished with 18 points, including three 3-pointers, to help lead Heber Springs to a 46-33 victory over Bald Knob in senior girls nonconference action.

Jaylea Hooten added 15 points in the win, including hitting 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. As a team, the Panthers shot 11-of-17 from the line on the night.

Hope Turney finished with a pair of 3-points as Heber Springs hit six of them on the night.

The Panthers led 17-11 at the half and 32-22 after the end of three quarters of play.

For Bald Knob, Reigiana Ward tied for game-scoring honors with 18 points, including 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. The Bulldogs hit 11-of-14 from the charity strip on the night.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (46): Hope Turney 6, Jaylea Hooten 15, Addison Hudspeth 18, Sophie Stone 1, Savannah Stout 5.

BALD KNOB SCORING (33): Reigiana Ward 18, Madi Pierce 7, Kristina Lyons 2, Gabie Roberts 2, Karlie Cochran 3, Brisa Perez 2.

Bald Knop stops Heber Springs Junior Boys

BALD KNOB – Liam Buffalo finished with 14 points but it was not enough as Bald Knob downed Heber Springs, 41-33, in junior boys nonconference play.

Heber Springs led 19-14 at the half and 26-25 at the end of three quarters, but could not hold in the final stanza.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (33): Weston Warden 7, Liam Buffalo 14, Jacob Haskett 2, Ty West 8, Rhett Herring 2.

Bald Knob junior girls down Heber Springs

BALD KNOB – Bald Knob outscored Heber Springs 22-4 in the second and third quarters to pull away and claim a 37-19 victory in junior girls action.

The Bulldogs led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter before increasing their advantage to 18-8 at the break.

Heber Springs (0-4) was led by Ella Williams’ seven points.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (19): Taylor Parker 5, Baleigh Burchfield 2, Zoey Hendrix 2, Ella Williams 7, Ada Choate 3

BALD KNOB SCORING (37): A. Daugherty 5, A. Foust 8, D. Jackson 6, W. Winkler 6, A. Mullen 2, M. Andrew 3, T. McSpadden 5, T. White 2.

Hooten, Heber Springs hold off Head, Newport

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Heber Springs junior Jaylea Hooten battles for position early in the first quarter against Newport Monday night at the Panther Den. Hooten finished with 35 points in the win. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

HEBER SPRINGS – Raigan Head won the scoring battle, but Jaylee Hooten’s team won the game as Heber Springs downed Newport, 59-44, Monday night in senior girls action at the Panther Den.

The two juniors combined to score 71 of the game’s 103 points with Head leading the way with 36 points followed by Hooten with 35.

It would be near the end of the third quarter before another Greyhound scored a point besides Head, a transfer from Tuckerman.

“I had some kids try to guard her so I could hide Jaylea,” first-year Heber Springs coach Spencer Gay said. “I didn’t want Jaylea to pick-up some silly fouls. When I had to put some smaller kids on her, she kind of took over.

“I am used to collapsing, and not letting one kid beat us, but I haven’t had a chance to instill that in these girls. So we’ve got some work to do, but man, she is hard to stop.”

While the duo was busy scoring points, it was Hooten who was getting more help from her teammates.

A Hope Turney field goal with 3:06 left in the first quarter help capped a 6-0 run to give Heber Springs an 8-2 advantage. The junior would later add a 3-pointer with five seconds left in the quarter to finish off another 12-3 run to give the Panthers a 20-7 lead after the first quarter.

Heber Springs seemed to be in control at that point, but cooled off in the second quarter, allowing Newport (0-1) to close the gap to 10 points at the half, 26-16.

“We started off hot, but we cooled off,” Gay said. “The shots weren’t falling, but we still took any shot we could get instead of waiting for the right shot.”

Baskets by sophomores Savannah Stout and Addison Hudspeth pushed the Panthers advantage back to 14 at 30-16 with 6:58 to play in the third quarter, but the Greyhounds were able to get within 10 late in the quarter at 36-26.

Heber Springs would go on 6-0 run to start the fourth, but the Panthers couldn’t stop Head as she scored seven straight to make it a 46-35 contest with 5:53 left.

A 3-pointer by Olivia Norton and a Hooten field goal with 5:04 to play expanded the Heber Springs advantage and Newport would not get any closer.

Hooten scored 20 of her 35 points in the second half and was a perfect eight-of-eight from the free-throw line over that period — she was 13-of-15 from the line on the night.

“Jaylea sees everything as a blur,” Gay said. “She is so fast.”

It had a been a week since the Panthers opened their season with a win over Mount St. Mary.

“I did see some things we improved on,” Gay said, “but some things are still bothering me. Our transition offense is still an enigma. It still difficult to figure out for us. We just try to get going so fast.”

Heber Springs will get a chance to improve on that Thursday night when they travel to Bald Knob (1-1) for the first road game of the season.

“They have an athlete and a good shooter,” Gay said.  “So they have two kids that I am going to have to worry about. We saw them this summer. We are going to see the 2-3 zone and they are going to press us, so we are going to have to be ready.”

Newport (0-1)                 7   9  12  16 - 44
Heber Springs (2-0)          20   6  14  19 - 59
Newport (44): Avery Robinson 2, Raigan Head 36, Lexi Harp 2, Grace Fain 4
Heber Springs (59): Hope Turney 8, Kylie Carr 2, Madison Clemons 2, Jaylea Hooten 35, Addison Hudspeth 3, Sophie Stone 2, Savannah Stout 4, Olivia Norton 3.

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HEBER SPRINGS SENIOR GIRLS
2021-2022
(Click on a game for previous details)
(Record: 2-0, 4-4A Conference: 0-0)
Nov. 09   Heber Springs 53, Mount St. Mary 42
Nov. 15   Heber Springs 59, Newport 44
Nov. 18   at Bald Knob (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m.
Nov. 22   Guy-Perkins (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m.
Nov. 23   at Shirley (JG, JB, SG, SB), 4 p.m.
Nov. 29-Dec. 4 at Conway St. Joseph Tournament (SG, SB)
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

Newport tops Heber Springs in junior girls contest

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Heber Springs’ Jovie Smithson goes up for a lay-up against Newport Monday night at the Panther Den. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

HEBER SPRINGS – Ada Choate paced Heber Springs with a pair of 3-pointers, but it was not enough as Newport handed the Panthers a 35-16 setback Monday night at the Panther Den.

Newport led 17-10 at the half and 25-13 at the end of the third quarter.

HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (16): Taylor Parker 2, Jovie Smithson 2, Baleigh Burchfield 1, Annalyse Wilson 2, Ada Choate 6, Haven Downs 3.

NEWPORT SCORING (35): Aubrey Burns 6, Niya Davis 4, Sadie Washam 9, Tamera Morgan 9, Lexi Hembrey 3, Sabarbra Ridley 4

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HEBER SPRINGS JUNIOR GIRLS
2021-2022 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
RECORD: 0-3. 4A-4 CONFERENCE: 0-0
(For past write-up click on game)
Nov. 09   Mount St. Mary 21, Heber Springs 16
Nov. 11   Mount Vernon-Enola 37, Heber Springs 21
Nov. 15   Newport 35, Heber Springs 16
Nov. 18   at Bald Knob
Nov. 22   Guy-Perkins
Nov. 23   at Shirley
Nov. 30   Southside Batesville
Dec. 02   Pangburn
Dec. 06   at Cedar Ridge
Dec. 07   at Benton Harmony Grove
Dec. 09   at Rose Bud
Dec. 14   South Side Bee Branch
Dec. 17   at Ozark *
Dec. 20   at Lonoke
Dec. 21   at Des Arc
Jan. 07   at Dardanelle
Jan. 13   White County Central
Jan. 14   Pottsville *
Jan. 21   Ozark *
Jan. 24   at Mayflower
Jan. 27   Bradford
Feb. 01   Dardanelle *
Feb. 05   District Tournament at Dardanelle
(* - Denotes conference contest)