The Quitman Bulldogs, West Side Eagles and Heber Springs Panthers wrapped up the final day of team camp at Rambler Arena in Rose Bud Wednesday afternoon, with Quitman edging out Riverview 35-31, West Side defeating Heber Springs 28-21 and Sacred Heart 23-20. The Panthers also lost to Marshall 39-17.
The Bulldogs relied heavily on both outside shooting and scoring on the inside in their matchup against the Raiders, with sophomore guard Zac Shue and senior forward Zach Heffentrager combining for 28 of Quitman’s 35 total points. Shue got the offense going early on by knocking down two quick 3-pointers followed by finishes at the rim as Quitman built a double digit lead halfway through the game, with Heffentrager using his 6’5” frame to finish over defenders in the paint.
Riverview would go on to chip away at the lead, cutting it to 28-23 with five minutes left, later draining back-to-back threes to keep themselves in it in the final minute, but it proved too little, too late as Heffentrager sealed the win with a late free-throw.
West Side came out victorious over the Panthers in this “Battle of Cleburne County”, earning a 28-21 win as the game remained in single digits all throughout. The Eagles got a layup from senior forward Dawson Gardner to drop to give the team their largest lead of the game at 20-12 with 7:20 remaining, with both squads continuing to trade baskets.

Heber Springs would get a trifecta to go from junior forward Brady Adkins to make it a two-possession game at 27-21 in the final minute of action. Following an offensive rebound off a missed shot, Gardner was fouled and split at the free-throw line as West Side put the game away after getting a stop on the defensive end as the buzzer sounded.
Following their loss to the Eagles, Heber Springs took the court once more against a red-hot Marshall squad, dropping the contest 39-17. The Bobcats offense wasted no time from the tipoff, getting out to a commanding 14-0 lead over the first seven minutes, stretching their lead to 35-5 thanks to excellent shooting from the floor with ten minutes remaining as the Panthers struggled with ball control and getting shots to fall.
Heber Springs would pick up the pace though, closing the game on a 10-2 run as the time continued to continuously run down.
The Eagles ended their day in thrilling fashion with a nail-biting 23-20 victory over the Sacred Heart Rebels, with senior Trent Bentley leading the way with 15 points. After both teams went scoreless over the first eight minutes, Sacred Heart buried two consecutive jumpers to take an early 4-0 lead.
West Side answered back with a 9-0 run in six minutes, making the most out of fast break opportunities to extend their lead to double digits at 21-11 with just under five minutes in regulation. Bentley would contribute seven points on that run, hitting a shot from downtown before adding a floater and turnaround shot in the lane.
The Rebels, like many times in recent years, hung tough and put together a 9-0 run for themselves, facing a 21-20 deficit with fifty ticks left on the clock.
Having to play the foul game, Sacred Heart sent Bentley to the charity stripe, where he would connect on two consecutive shots to give his team a 23-20 advantage. The Rebels would fall short on a 3-point attempt as West Side escaped with the win, finishing with just one loss over the course of the three-day camp.

Photo cutline 1 -West Side senior guard Trent Bentley prepares to attempt a free throw in the Eagles' 23-20 win over the Sacred Heart Rebels in team camp action Wednesday afternoon in Rose Bud.

Photo 2 - Quitman sophomore guard Zac Shue moves the ball up the floor during the Bulldogs' 35-31 victory over the Riverview Raiders in team camp action Wednesday afternoon in Rose Bud.