County junior high teams play in Huntsville Eagle tournament]
Six Carroll County junior high basketball teams hit the road to Huntsville this week for the Eagles annual junior high tournament. Teams from Eureka Springs, Berryville, and Green Forest were entered, along with teams from West Fork, Siloam Springs, Mountain Home, St. Paul, Deer, Fayetteville Christian, and host Huntsville.
The Berryville teams made the most of their first games on Monday, with the junior boys beating Fayetteville Christian 61-42, and the junior girls defeating St. Paul 41-34.
The boys played again Thursday against Siloam Springs, while the girls faced the winner of the Mountain Home-Fayetteville Christian game.
The Eureka Springs junior girls took a tough loss on opening night, falling to Deer 27-29, and their junior boys lost to West Fork on Wednesday.
JUNIOR HIGH BOYS
Monday, Jan. 12
Berryville vs. Fay. Christian
6-10, 24-17, 36-23, 61-42
Cody Neal came to life in the second half, firing in two 3-pointers to total three on the night, and finished with 13 points.
Nathan Mahan netted 10 points and made 4 of 5 free throws. The team hit 7 threes, and made 12 of 17 free throws, 9 of 13 in the fourth. Cody Curtis hit 6 of 9 in the fourth during crunch time.
Scoring- BV- Neal- 13, 3 3s; Mahan- 10, 4/5 Fts; Gared Jennings- 7; 6's- Gary Myers, Brad Newberry, 2 3s, Geoff West, Curtis; Stevin Williams- 4; Doug Marley- 3. FC- 333- 13; #4- 11.
Wednesday, Jan. 14
Eureka Springs vs. West Fork
10-19, 20-28, 28-36, 33-46
The Eureka boys played a hard game Tuesday night against Cedarville, and face conference foe Elkins on Friday, so Coach Hill used his eighth-graders as much as possible while his starters got some rest.
"The eighth-graders played great," Coach Hill said, but West Fork put three players in double figures to outscore the Highlanders.
Scoring- ES- Jordan Parsons- 15, 2 3s; Cody Lehr- 4; 2's- Chris Eiler, Travis Lester, Rudy Sanchez, Wes Prado; Josh Guindon- 1. WF- Jacob Hoops- 15; Clint Ellis- 12; Bobby Heylinger- 10.
Green Forest vs. Siloam Springs
4-15, 8-22, 17-34, 26-45
Siloam Springs had too many big players in this one, but Tiger Justin Reece scored 13 points for Green Forest anyway.
The team fought hard again, diving on the floor for loose balls, but just didn't shoot the ball well. Josh Dudley had 4, John Asbury and Jacob Wallace 3 each, Cubby Arnold 2, and Kyle Kleffman 1.
JUNIOR HIGH GIRLS
Monday, Jan. 12
Berryville vs. St. Paul
11-8, 27-16, 35-26, 41-34
Berryville got 17 big points from Mackenzie Howerton, with Kayla Grigg adding 7. Katie Tennant hit a three and finished with 6 points, and Courtney Moore scored 6. Ivie Deweese netted 4, and Alisha Johnson 2.
Eureka Springs vs. Deer
10-4, 13-12, 19-21, 27-29
After an early lead, Eureka wasn't able to stop Deer's point guard, Martin, who netted 19 markers by game's end. Amanda Dunham did have 12 for the Junior Lady Highlanders, but the team made just 2 of 8 at the line in the fourth quarter.
Eureka was down five with under a minute to go, with Dunham scoring, then Kim Peek getting a steal and layup to cut the lead to three. But the team hit just 4 of 14 free throws on the night, while Deer made 7 of 14.
Scoring- ES- Dunham- 12; Peek- 9; Erika Wardlaw- 4; Megan Edmondson. DR- Martin- 19.
Wednesday, Jan. 14
Green Forest vs. Huntsville
7-8, 10-18, 16-29, 29-38
Green Forest (4-4) stayed close, but Sarah Waters was the only Lady Tiger to score in double figures with 11. Courtney Ruff scored 6, Chelsea Leathers 4, and Kasey Barinsky, Danielle Villines, Kelsey Powell, and Allyson Goodman 2 each.