It was another rough night at the Panther Den on Tuesday as Heber Springs dropped four 4A-4 conference games to Dardanelle.
In senior boys action, Heber Springs dropped its fifth-straight game with a 53-46 loss to the Sand Lizards.
Adam Martin paced the Panthers with 13 points, including three 3-pointers.
Dardanelle (20-4, 8-3 in the 4A-4) jumped out to an early 5-2 advantage before a 3-pointer by Bradey Adkins tied things at 5-all with 5:03 to play in the first quarter.
After a free throw by the Sand Lizards, Dalton Hall’s putback gave Heber Springs (7-16, 2-9) its only lead of the night at 7-6 with 2:37 left in the opening quarter.
Dardanelle then went on a 13-5 run over the next seven minutes to push its advantage to seven at 19-12 with 3:58 to play in the half.
The Panthers clawed their way back into contest over the next minute as Martin drained a 3-pointer and converted a Sand Lizard turnover into an easy lay-up to make it a two-point game at 19-17 with 2:45 left in the second quarter.
The teams traded baskets before Dardanelle hit a shot with two seconds left in the half to go into the break up 23-19.
In the third quarter, Martin hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions for Heber Springs to make it a three-point contest at 28-25 with 5:33 on the clock.
The Panthers could only manage a pair of three throws by Malachi Miller and Hall the rest of the quarter as Dardanelle pushed its advantage to 36-29 at the end of three quarters.
The Sand Lizards couldn’t quite shake Heber Springs in the fourth quarter as a Hall 3-pointer and free throw on back-to-back possessions pulled the Panthers back to three at 42-39 with 3:57 left to play.
After Dardanelle scored on consecutive possessions, an Adkins 3-pointer at the 2:52 mark made it 46-42.
The teams then traded field goals on consecutive possessions as Martin scored on a short jumper while Miller’s basket with 1:08 to play made it 51-46, but Dardanelle was able to kill the clock hitting one of two free throws with 23 seconds left and 5 seconds left to claim the win.
Heber Springs was 10 of 12 from the free-throw line on the night, led by Miller’s six-of-six.
Heber Springs has three conference games left before the 4A-4 District Tournament at Ozark.
Tonight, the Panthers are on the road at Subiaco Academy before returning to the Panther Den on Tuesday for a Senior Night contest with Morrilton.
Heber Springs scoring (46): Adam Martin 13, Malachi Miller 10, Bradey Adkins 8, Dalton Hall 8, Dalton McCollum 4, Trevor Torres 3.
Senior Boys 4A-4 standings: Pottsville (18-4, 9-2), Dardanelle (20-4, 8-3), Morrilton (13-10, 7-4), Ozark (13-9, 6-5), Dover (12-11, 5-6), Clarksville (7-16, 4-7), Subiaco Academy (11-11, 3-8), Heber Springs (7-16, 2-9).
Heber Springs fell to Dardanelle, 44-27, in senior girls play.
After Dardanelle led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Sand Lizards outscored Heber Springs 14-3 in the second quarter and 12-6 in the third quarter to pull away.
Dardanelle was 13 of 16 from the free-throw line while Heber Springs was five of eight.
The Lady Panthers are off until Tuesday when they host Morrilton for senior night at the Panther Den. Heber Springs will close out its regular season on Feb. 8 at Clarksville.
Heber Springs scoring (27): Libby Stutts 13, Jesslyn Johnson 6, Claudia Newberry 4, Ashley Spanel 2, Paige Hall 2.
Senior Girls 4A-4 standings: Clarksville (19-6, 8-2), Morrilton (17-5, 8-2), Pottsville (13-8, 7-2), Heber Springs (12-10, 4-6), Ozark (11-13, 3-6), Dardanelle (9-13, 2-7), Dover (8-14, 1-8).
In junior girls play, the Heber Springs eighth-graders dropped a 21-20 decision to Dardanelle. The Sand Lizards led 12-10 at the half and 15-14 at the end of three quarters.
Heber Springs will next be in action next week at the 4A-4 junior district tournament at Subiaco Academy.
Heber Springs scoring (20): Jaylea Hooten 12, Sophia Stone 2, Hope Turney 2, Christina Garcia 2, Riley Bailey 2.
In junior boys action, Dardanelle defeated Heber Springs, 29-14.
The Panthers traield 11-4 at the half and 19-10 at the end of three quarters.
Heber Springs plays at Subiaco Academy tonight to close out its regular season before returning to Subiaco next week for the 4A-4 district tournament.
Heber Springs scoring (14): Connor Riddle 6, Bauer Pruitt 4, Ryan Crocker 2, Dakota Farmer 1, Zach Thomas 1.