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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • West Side splits four basketball games with Weiner

  • West Side split four benefit basketball games with Weiner on Friday night in Greers Ferry. The Eagles won 69-59 and the Junior Lady Eagles won 45-37, while the Lady Eagles lost 67-53 and the Junior Eagles lost 40-36.
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  • West Side split four benefit basketball games with Weiner on Friday night in Greers Ferry. The Eagles won 69-59 and the Junior Lady Eagles won 45-37, while the Lady Eagles lost 67-53 and the Junior Eagles lost 40-36. In the Eagles' win, Bryce Hipp paced West Side with 29 points and Logan Bailey added 24 points. In the Jr. Eagles' loss, Blaine Hipp pumped in 12 points. West Side's Jr. Lady Eagles outscored Weiner 12-3 in the fourth quarter to pull out an eight-point victory as Emily Southerland led the way with 16 points and Ashley Gentry followed with 12. Gracie Waters chipped in eight points for West Side, while Sydnee Phillips and Trisha Carlton each had four points. The Jr. Lady Eagles sank 17-of-27 free throws, while Weiner connected on 5-of-16 attempts from the charity stripe. “This was a good first game of the year,” said Lady Eagles Coach Shane Davis. “The girls had some first game jitters but were able to go on a good run in the fourth quarter, and it all started on the defensive end. We turned up the pressure in the fourth and created some turnovers, then made our free throws at the end to ice the game. Real proud of the girls, just need to have the fourth quarter intensity in all four quarters,” added Davis. In the Lady Eagles' loss to Weiner, Abby Turney led West Side with 24 points, five rebounds and four assists. Alexis Barnes followed with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Whitney England contributed eight points and Melissa Hendrickson pulled down nine rebounds. Weiner grabbed 29 offensive rebounds and forced 20 turnovers as West Side had four players foul out. The Lady Eagles shot 30 percent from the field and connected on 14-of-23 free throws, while the Lady Cardinals sank 21-of-40 from the stripe. “Difference in the game was definitely second chance opportunities," said Davis. "We have to get better in this area, and we will with time. We are very young and small, so we have to make up for what we don't have with effort. That will definitely help us on nights like these when we aren't shooting it and turning it over too much."
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