Texarkana area high school basketball

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Ashdown senior Kaiden Hunter was one of eight senior Panthers honored Tuesday night. Hunter's father, Patrick Hunter(left), was a basketball star in Ashdown, and at Baylor University.

Is Ashdown basketball history repeating itself?

ASHDOWN, Ark. – The name Hunter is synonymous with winning in Ashdown when talking about basketball.

Nobody in this Southwest Arkansas community has forgotten Patrick Hunter. Hunter performed at a legendary level as a Panther basketball star, and later at Baylor University. His son Kaiden Hunter is also pretty darn good. He’s a member of Ashdown’s 2018-19 squad that improved to 18-1 overall and 10-0 in conference play Tuesday night by routing Bismarck, 48-24.

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Ashdown boys basketball coach James Smith instructs players during final minutes of Tuesday’s 48-24 win over Bismarck on Senior Night in Ashdown.

The Panthers are ranked second in Arkansas’ 3A classification. They’re arguably the best boys team in the Texarkana area, with a win over Texas High on its resume’.

It was Senior Night at Ashdown Tuesday, and Hunter scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half. He was one of eight seniors honored. John Smith was the only other player in double figures with 10 points. The clock ran non-stop in the fourth quarter because of Arkansas’ mercy-rule.

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Check out some creative hair styles of Ashdown’s players. The starters got an early breather Tuesday after building a 30-point cushion against Bismarck.

Seniors spark Lady Panthers to easy win

Two Ashdown seniors waved goodbye to the packed stands after leading the Lady Panthers past Bismarck, 52-34. Ashdown’s girls are battling Fouke and Centerpoint for a share of first place after improving to 13-10 on the season and 8-2 in conference.

Kenya Wilson poured in a game-high 22 points, while teammate Adaysia Thompson contributed 17. The Panthers never trailed, but did cut an early 15-point deficit to four points before the host team pulled away for good.

Fouke beats rival Genoa Central

FOUKE, Ark. – Both Fouke’s boys and girls won Tuesday’s rivalry games with Genoa Central.

The Panthers’ boys edged Genoa, 50-48. Trent Crabtree swished a 25-footer with 48 seconds left for the win. Kanon Garret led Fouke with 11 points and Nick Scoggins added 10. Crabtree finished with 9 points on three treys.

Fouke’s girls improved to 21-3 overall and 8-1 in conference with a 62-44 victory. Taylor Hardin led the Lady Panthers with 13 points. River Watkins had 12 points, all on 3-pointers, with Laykin Smallwood contributing 10 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan McDonald had 13 points for the Lady Dragons, with D.J. Rowe scoring 12.

Pleasant Grove teams roll on

Pleasant Grove’s girls started slow Tuesday night, trailing Pittsburg 10-7 after the first quarter. That changed dramatically in the second period, and the Lady Hawks (25-3, 6-0) routed Pittsburg, 71-37.

The Hawks outscored Pitt 24-7 in the second quarter, and 27-8 in the third stanza to pull away. Shanequa Henry led the winners with 24 points, while Mayia Ware added 15.

Pleasant Grove’s boys got a scare from the Pirates, but clutch free throw-shooting in the final seconds early the Hawks a 60-56 win. PG improved to 14-13 overall and 3-2 in District 15-4A.

Texas High wins battle of Tigers

MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas – Texas High got an outstanding effort from Cole Drumm, and the visiting Tigers beat the host Mount Pleasant Tigers, 55-45.

Drumm led THS with 17 points. Kyle Wright contributed 14, C.J. Kelley 13 and Cooper 12. The winning Tigers converted 16 of 19 free throws.

Texas High’s girls rolled to a 59-25 win over Mount Pleasant. THS (22-7, 7-1) was led by Unique McBride’s 15 points, including three treys. Rone had 12 points for the winners.

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Trinity Christian picks up win at Oden

ODEN, Ark. – Alex Cobb poured in a game-high 29 points Tuesday in leading Trinity Christian past Oden, 62-52. Zack Franklin scored 15 points, with Jakob Martin adding 11 points.

The Warriors also won the junior high game, 56-16. Zach Graf led the winners with 14 points, and Silas Nix added 13. The junior high girls team made it a clean sweep with a 29-19 victory. Landi Williamson led Trinity Christian with 12 points.

L-E boys can’t slow Wildcat Express

PARIS, Texas – Liberty-Eylau’s two-game winning streak in District 15-4A came to an end Tuesday in an 86-69 loss to front-running Paris.

The Wildcats had four players scoring in double digits, and the host team exploded for 49 points in the second half. Kentraile Atkins led the Leopards with 19 points. Isaiah Cross had 18 points, and Dominique Williams added 15.

The Lady Leopards slipped into a tie for second place, falling to Paris, 69-58.

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Lady Backs fall at home in overtime

Tenise Robinson scored 15 points to lead Benton past Arkansas High’s girls in overtime Tuesday at Razorback Gym, 55-48. Rhema Rhiley added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners.

The Lady Backs’ Kiara Young led all scorers with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Cedrianna Daniels added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Arkansas High (4-14, 1-7) fell to Benton, 54-46. Micah Yarber had 11 points for the Razorbacks, with Cameron Dorn adding 10. Arkansas High’s junior varsity beat Benton, 22-10. Taylor Reed and Jamyia Montgomery led the winners with 6 points each.

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Atlanta sweeps Queen City cagers

ATLANTA, Texas – Daimion Collins did the damage inside, while Charlie Powell buried four 3-pointers on his way to 22 points in Atlanta’s 76-39 win over rival Queen City Tuesday night. Collins finished with a game-high 23 points. C. Davis led the Bulldogs with 20 points.

The Lady Rabbs raced out to a 24-11 lead in the first quarter, sprinting to a 69-28 victory over Queen City. Keyona Easter scored 35 points, while contributing 10 steals, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Sheveionia Smith added 19 points, 5 steals and 4 rebounds for Atlanta. Cece Walker led Queen City with 11 points.

 

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