Defending 2A state champion Cedar Ridge built an early lead and maintained it throughout the game, beating Heber Springs 55-47 on Friday as Division 1 recruit Spencer Reaves, a versatile guard, tossed in a game-high 26 points, while forward Cole Crabtree added 22 in the quarterfinal round of the Lyon College Invitational.

Defending 2A state champion Cedar Ridge built an early lead and maintained it throughout the game, beating Heber Springs 55-47 on Friday as Division 1 recruit Spencer Reaves, a versatile guard, tossed in a game-high 26 points, while forward Cole Crabtree added 22 in the quarterfinal round of the Lyon College Invitational.

The Timberwolves, who improved to 7-0 for the season, jumped out to a 12-2 lead as Reaves scored the game's first seven points, including a three-pointer from left elbow.

After guard Austin Reaves, Spencer's younger brother, found Crabtree inside for an uncontested layup, the Panthers got on the board when guard Waren Thomas Olmstead buried a pull up jumper up top.

Cedar Ridge extended its lead to 12-2 on an old-fashioned play by Crabtree off an assist from Austin Reaves before Heber began to battle back, starting with forward Michael Kramer's three-pointer from left corner off an assist from Olmstead.

Forward Mason Schroeder hit a free throw and swingman Willie Adkins ripped a three-pointer from left elbow as the Panthers pulled within three, but Spencer Reaves scored inside off an inbound play.

Willie Adkins countered with a three-pointer from right wing but Austin Reaves dropped a leaner in traffic. Schroeder found guard Austin "Red" Adkins cutting backdoor for a layup but Cedar Ridge pushed its lead to 19-14 on a three-pointer from Crabtree.

In the closing seconds of the first quarter, Willie Adkins banked home a three-pointer from right wing, pulling the Panthers within two at 19-17 after eight minutes of play.

Heber closed the gap to one early in the second quarter on four straight points by Schroeder, who hit two free throws and sank a 16-foot jumper up top before Crabtree responded with two free throws and Spencer Reaves buried a heavily defended fade away jumper from left baseline.

Schroeder fired back with a three-pointer up top, pulling the Panthers with a bucket but the 'Wolves closed the first half with a 9-0 spurt, beginning when Spencer Reaves drove into the lane and dished to Crabtree for two.

Austin Reaves followed with a jump shot from right wing and moments later Crabtree scored on a breakaway, increasing Cedar Ridge's lead to 32-24 with 2:00 left in the first half.

Cedar Ridge took its time in the final 2:00 and it paid off as Spencer Reaves recorded a putback and later hit a free throw, leaving Heber with a 35-24 deficit at half.

Spencer Reaves, a stout 6-3 lefty, drove right side of lane for a layup early in the third quarter before Heber began to chip away once again, starting when Austin Adkins rattled home a three-pointer from top of key.

Trailing 39-30 after a driving bucket by Crabtree, Austin Adkins popped another three-pointer up top and Schroeder drilled a three-pointer from right wing in transition off an assist from Willie Adkins.

Crabtree responded with a basket from left block off an assist from Spencer Reaves, who moments later nailed a three-pointer from right wing. In the final minutes of the third quarter, Crabtree scored again inside off a dime from Spencer Reaves as the 'Wolves closed the period with a 7-1 run while taking a 46-34 lead to the the final eight minutes of play.

Heber closed the gap to eight at 50-42 midway through the fourth quarter when Olmstead drilled a three-pointer from right wing off an assist from Austin Adkins, but Cedar Ridge essentially sealed the victory with three consecutive, including a basket by Spencer Reaves, who followed his own miss for two.

Spencer Reaves (26) and Cole Crabtree (22) scored all but seven points for Cedar Ridge.

Schroeder paced Heber (4-3) with 17 points, Willie Adkins followed with 11, Austin Adkins added nine and Olmstead finished with seven.