Pioneers and Panthers

The Batesville Pioneers Pioneers swept Heber Springs in Heber Springs. Batesville’s girls defeated Heber Springs 78-44 while the boys won over the Panthers 71-40.

The 5A Batesville Pioneers traveled to Heber Springs to take on the 4A Panthers in senior boys and girls games Tuesday evening. The Pioneers won both games, senior girls 78-44, senior boys 71-40.

The Lady Pioneers jumped out to an early 9-0 lead. The Pioneers scored from the free throw line, two-point field goals and threes.

The Lady Panthers struggled to get the ball over the time line because of the Lady Pioneers full court pressure. Jaylen Hooten got the Lady Panthers on the board with a pair of free throws. Ellie Riddle hit a three late in the quarter that gave the Lady Panthers their first field goal.

Both teams struggled with fouls in the first half. They both got into the double bonus with several minutes left in the second quarter.

The Lady Panthers scored almost half of their points in the second quarter from the free throw line. London Cuzzort hit an and one to add to the Lady Pioneers lead in the second quarter.

After halftime, Riddle hit a long three to get the Lady Panthers on the board. The Lady Pioneers hit a 30 point lead late in the third and carried it over to the fourth.

In the boys contest, the Pioneers on the board two seconds into the game.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 6-0 lead until a Panther free throw stopped it. The Pioneers’ offense came out strong as they led by 20 points at the end of the first.

In the second quarter the Panthers hit a couple of threes to close the gap. However, with every Panther three, the Pioneers would answer with a quick score.

John Paul Morgan threw an alley-oop to Cross to open up the second half.

Both squads sent out their bench players late in the third quarter.

Lady Panthers can’t hold Greenbrier comeback

While the Heber Springs Lady Panthers played well early, it proved to be a tough night losing to Greenbrier 48-40.

Early in the first quarter Heber Springs seemed to be up to the task of keeping up with Greenbrier.

Jaylea Hooten hit buckets on two straight possessions including a putback to put the Lady Panthers up by a point at 6-5 inside the 6-minute mark.That’s where the score remained for nearly three minutes It wasn’t until a laup by Ellie Riddle at the 2:40 mark of the first quarter that the score changed, but it continued what would prove to be an 8-0 run for Heber Springs.

Hooten led Heber Springs with 20 points.

Greenbrier foul shots ended that run a minute later. Riddle hit a pair of turnaround jumpers, one on each side of the hoop to put Heber Springs up 14-7 after the first eight minutes. Greenbrier stormed back with a run of their own to open the second quarter.

A fast break shot near the bucket by Greenbrier’s Ashton Hopper tied the game at 16-16 prompting head coach Jamey Riddle to call timeout.

Heber Springs failed to answer after the stoppage, and Greenbrier continued a run that put them up by two at 22-20 at the half. Heber Springs managed just six points in the second quarter.

Heber Springs’ offensive woes continued in the third quarter with Greenbrier going on a 16-5 run over six minutes. After scoring 14 points in the first quarter, they didn’t reach that mark until the 1:43 mark of the third.

The result was a 40-31 deficit for Heber Springs. Heber Springs got to within two at 42-40 on a right-side jumper and a layup by Riddle. With 3:06 to play in the game, Greenbrier clung to a 42-40 edge.

Riddle finished with 15 points.

But that was as close as Heber’s girls could get to a comeback. Greenbrier went into stall mode and scored six straight points to get back an 8-point cushion with just over a minute to go.

“Greenbrier is a good team,” Lady Panthers’ head coach Jamey Riddle. “They’re never going to be out of it. They know when to turn it on and that’s what they did.”

Heber Springs’ boys fall behind early

The Panther’s Den’s scoreboard malfunctioned just seconds into Thursday night’s boys’ game between Heber Springs and Greenbrier.

All fields remained blank until the scorekeeper punched buttons to illuminate the black fields with red or yellow lights. Heber Springs’ score field under “Home” was the last to illuminate, and it didn’t happen until the 4:05 mark of the first quarter on a jumper by J.T. Spears.

That was an omen for how the night would go for Heber Springs in a 65-28 loss to Greenbrier.That quashed a 9-0 Greenbrier run to open the first quarter. Greenbrier never looked back from there..Spears’ splash was the only offense by Heber Springs in the first eight minutes.

Greenbrier led 13-2 Connor Riddle’s drive at the 6:30 mark broke another run by Greenbrier, but he couldn’t capitalize on the three-point play opportunity at the foul line. Spears hit again, this time from behind the arc, but Greenbrier still managed to maintain a double-digit cushion.

That cushion swelled to 29 points at halftime.

Down 38-9 coming out of the locker room, Riddle’s three on Heber Springs’ opening possession gave the home team a bit of a spark, but it did little to stop Greenbrier.

Riddle and Spears scored five points each.

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