As the football playoffs ensue, the 2018-19 basketball season has begun to heat up as well, as all Sun-Times area schools have now taken the hardwood at least once.
Concord split with Timbo, as the Lady Pirates (7-1) whipped the Lady Tigers 95-34 before the Tigers got the best of the Pirates (4-4) 57-42. West Side got two huge victories over Sacred Heart at Brady-Hipp Arena Tuesday after the Lady Eagles bested the Lady Rebels 88-62, leading to the Eagles edging the Rebels 52-47 in overtime. On Friday, the Lady Eagles remained perfect at 7-0 after getting by Timbo 79-39, however the Tigers found their way past the Eagles 58-39. Both Concord teams doubled up in victories over Guy-Perkins as well.
Quitman hosted Rural Special to begin their season, as the Lady Rebels defeated the defending Class 2A state runner-up Lady Bulldogs 48-44, while the Bulldogs breezed by the Rebels 74-36. Both Quitman teams fell in their first round matchups in the First Service Bank Tournament at Clinton Saturday afternoon, with Valley Springs winning the girls game 57-48 before Timbo squeaked out a 58-57 in the boys contest.
Rose Bud welcomed St. Joseph to town Friday night, as the Lady Ramblers (1-1) lost to the Lady Bulldogs 54-51 and the Ramblers (0-2) dropped a 41-33 decision to the Bulldogs
Heber Springs swept guest Pangburn after the Lady Panthers (2-0) won 50-43 and the Panthers (1-1) triumphed 74-61. Senior guard Libby Stutts led the winners of the girls game with 19 points, as Jillian Herring followed with 11. In the boys game, Jacob Cantrell led the way with 26, 14 of which came in the final quarter of action.
On Saturday, Shirley and Pangburn traveled to Memphis to partake in the Play Like the Pros event held by the Grizzlies in FedEx Forum. The Lady Tigers took the first game 52-42, while the Tigers took the second 80-58. Raylene King led the Pangburn senior girls with 14 points, while Macie Hopkins added 11 points and 8 rebounds, also getting help from Kurstin Atkins' 6 points, 4 assists and 7 rebounds. Alex Langley fired in 21 for the Tigers, as Luke Rolland and Braxton Greene followed with 14 and 13, respectively.
Concord at Mt. Vernon-Enola
Rose Bud vs. Episcopal
West Side vs. Guy-Perkins
Quitman at Mountain View