Playing in just their second home game of the young season, the Heber Springs senior high teams pulled the broom out on Cedar Ridge, with the Lady Panthers crushing the Lady Timberwolves 62-30 and the Panthers picking up their first win of the season after topping the Timberwolves 58-36. The Jr. Lady Timberwolves defeated the Jr. Lady Panthers in the opening game of the night.
 
Sr. Girls
Heber Springs-62 Cedar Ridge-30
The varsity Lady Panthers extended their winning streak to five games after locking down and holding the Lady T’Wolves to four first half field goals while cruising to the victory.
 
Seniors Lana Milton and Serena Pruitt combined for 18 of the team’s 27 total first quarter points while holding Cedar Ridge to one field goal over the course of the first eight minutes, a jumper from Grace Carter. Heber Springs junior guard Keeley Dill racked up nine points in the second quarter and equaled the scoring output from the visitors, who got a buzzer-beating triple from senior guard Hannah Henley right before the half to set the intermission score at 38-11.
 
Pruitt rang up six more points out of the break, extending the lead to 52-19 and setting the mercy rule into effect while junior Kailey Starr and sophomores Ashley Spanel and Jillian Herring all chipped in with baskets of their own. The final quarter saw Spanel and Dill pour in back-to-back triples for the Lady Panthers, who never let the lead get below 30 for the remainder of the game.  
 
Pruitt finished with 16 for the 5-2 Lady Panthers, as Dill followed with 14. Henley led the Lady T’Wolves with 9.
 
Sr. Boys
Heber Springs-58 Cedar Ridge-36
The Panthers came out firing on all cylinders in this contest, draining eight first half three-pointers to blow by the Timberwolves for their first win of the season.
 
Heber played a near-perfect first quarter, getting out to a 24-7 lead after Gage Glover, Brady Adkins, Adam Martin, and Trent Barnes all drained outside shots while holding the T’Wolves to just three made baskets. Senior Jacob Bremmon, who was recently named to the 501 Life Magazine Basketball team, added a steal and coast-to-coast finish as well as a tip-in shot off an inbounds pass in the quarter.
 
Connor Wheeler and Carson Boyett drilled back-to-back triples to begin the second session of play, leading to the Panthers continuing their hot shooting after Barnes, Glover, and Adkins all connected on shots from downtown to extend the Heber lead to 37-19 at the half. Martin, who is accustomed to passing the football to an open teammate from the quarterback position, found Adkins for a layup to swell the lead to twenty, with Glover burying his third triple of the night and Bremmon scoring high off the glass to double up on Cedar Ridge 48-24.
 
Bremmon started the final eight minutes of action with a three-point play, followed up by the team’s final three-pointer, which was scored by Adkins.
 
“Defensively, all four quarters I thought we played how we should’ve played”, said Heber Springs head coach Jay Moore. “It was a win in that we could enjoy all four quarters and not be too stressed out about.”
 
Adkins finished with 14 for Heber, while Barnes followed with 12 and Glover totaled 11. Boyett clocked out with a game-high 15 for Cedar Ridge.
 
Jr. Girls
Cedar Ridge-32 Heber Springs-25
The Jr. Lady Timberwolves wasted no time getting out in front in the opening game of the night, never looking back after opening on an 8-0 run.
 
The run was led by Camdyn Gipson and Emily Henderson, who scored the first fifteen points for the Jr. Lady Timberwolves to lead 15-7 at the midway point of the second quarter. The Jr. Lady Panthers closed the first half on a 6-0 run to cut it to one possession after Lili Chaney got to the basket for two before Natalie Buffalo connected on a layup and banked home a pullup jumper.
 
Cedar Ridge looked to pull away to start the half after getting inside shots to fall to go with two free throws, but Ellie Riddle split on a trip to the free throw line and Hailey Bresnahan drained a shot off an inbounds pass to keep the score close at 21-16 with six more minutes to play.
 
The Jr. Lady Timberwolves would make three of nine at the charity stripe before Buffalo would strike again, this time from in the lane with 3:50 to go. H would see a shot from inside fall through the net to give Cedar Ridge a double-digit lead at 28-18, leading to Buffalo banking in another shot and Riddle cashing in from beyond the arc, with the visiting team holding on for the victory.
 
Buffalo tallied 10 for Heber, with Riddle following with 6 and Barnes closing out with 5.
 
Up next for Heber Springs is a home game this Friday against Bald Knob, in which both junior high and senior high teams will play with the Jr. Girls tipping off at 4:00.