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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Eagles thrash Midland

  • West Side thrashed Midland 77-39 in Monday's 1A-2 South Conference game in Greers Ferry as guard Bryce Hipp torched the Mustangs with 25 points while connecting on 11 of 17 shots from the field.
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  • West Side thrashed Midland 77-39 in Monday's 1A-2 South Conference game in Greers Ferry as guard Bryce Hipp torched the Mustangs with 25 points while connecting on 11 of 17 shots from the field.
    "We needed this one," stressed West Side Coach Shane Davis. "This was our first game in 13 days, only third since Thanksgiving and first home game since Nov. 5.
    "I thought we set the tone with our defensive intensity and did a good job of being in help when they broke us down off the dribble. The kids made a good adjustment by not over pursuing on our close outs as well as staying in front of the ball better and making them shoot from the outside, and I thought we did a good job on the boards when we got a defensive stop, hitting our outlet pass and going, which is what we have to do in order to play fast," added Davis.
    The Eagles hit 30 of 53 shots from the field (57 percent), including 6 of 16 from three-point land. West Side, which forced 20 turnovers, pulled down seven more offensive rebounds than the Mustangs and outscored Midland 51-10 in a stretch that extended through the second quarter into the third.
    West Side guard Jacob Miller popped a three-pointer up top on the game's first possession and guard Bryce Hipp followed with a basket in transition off an assist from Miller.
    Midland stayed close early, closing within one at 10-9 when forward Brayden Emerson nailed a three-pointer from left wing, but Bryce Hipp countered with five straight, including a deep three-pointer from left wing.
    Emerson and guard Dalton Passmore responded with back-to-back buckets for Midland, pulling the Mustangs within two at 15-13 before West Side closed the first quarter with a 5-0 spurt as Bryce Hipp sank a hanging jumper from right elbow, forward Dalton Treece hit a free throw and guard Blaine "Pepper" Hipp scored on a fast break with time winding down.
    West Side busted the game wide open by outscoring the Mustangs 21-6 in the second period behind seven points from Bryce Hipp and five from Blaine Hipp, while power forward Tyler Inman added three and Miller contributed a bucket.
    Leading 41-19 at half, the Eagles outscored Midland 30-4 in the third quarter to place the mercy rule into effect. Power forward Ben Hargrove, who only logged around six minutes of playing time, scored from right block early in the third.
    After Midland forward Caleb Altom answered with a driving layup, the Eagles exploded with a 21-0 run ignited by Bryce Hipp, who knocked down a 17-foot jumper then drove past his defender for a layup.
    Hargrove added a pair of free throws, Miller scored on a fast break off an assist from Bryce Hipp, Hargrove notched a bucket deep in the paint, Miller scored again in transition and Bryce Hipp drained a three-pointer from right wing off an assist from Miller, forcing the Mustangs to use a timeout with 3:57 left in the third quarter.
    Page 2 of 2 - Holding a commanding 58-21 lead, West Side continued to pound Midland as Hargrove recorded a stick back, guard Corey Carr scored from right block off an assist from Hargrove, who moments later beat his defender off the dribble for a layup.
    Midland finally ended West Side's 21-0 run when Passmore scored in the open floor, but the Eagles closed the period with seven straight as Hargrove and forward Dylan Jones each scored inside, while Blaine Hipp hit two free throws and forward Mason Treece added one from the charity stripe.
    Leading 71-23 entering the final eight minutes of play, West Side emptied its bench while cruising to victory as forward Tanner Sawrie recorded a bucket, forward Casey Hooten drilled a three-pointer and guard Jake Lawson contributed a free throw.
    Emerson led Midland (0-10, 0-4) with nine points and Altom added eight.
    Bryce Hipp grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists to go with his game-high 25 points for West Side (6-5, 2-2). Hargrove followed with 12 points, all in the third quarter, while Blaine Hipp and Miller each had nine points. Jones contributed six points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Eagles.

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