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story.lead_photo.caption The Sentinel-Record/Richard Rasmussen ALL-STATE DUO: Hot Springs girls' basketball coach Josh Smith, left, works with senior Lady Trojan guards Ariana Guinn, center, and Imani Honey Friday at Bank of the Ozarks Arena before their Class 5A state championship victory over Watson Chapel on Saturday.

The starring duo for the new Class 5A girls' state champions and three members of the Lake Hamilton's 6A-West boys' champions were among All-State basketball selections announced this week by the Arkansas Activities Association.

Hot Springs seniors Ariana Guinn and Imani Honey were named All-State after leading the Lady Trojans (31-3) to the Class 5A state title Saturday with a 50-47 victory over two-time defending champion Watson Chapel (28-5). Guinn led all scorers with 22 points and Honey was named the 5A girls' MVP with 12 points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists.

The Lady Trojans won their last 23 games of the season, including a 65-56 win against Watson Chapel on Feb. 23 in the 5A-South championship game at Trojan Fieldhouse.

Sophomore Santiair Thomas and freshman J.J. Walker were named All-State after leading Hot Springs to the 5A-South boys' title and fourth straight appearance in the state semifinals. The Trojans were 9-9 after tournament play earlier in the season, but finished 24-12 after exiting in the semifinal round to state champion Little Rock Parkview (25-8).

Lake Hamilton's boys' team boasts the most selections of any local team with three All-State players. The Wolves finished 27-5 with All-State juniors Lane Kersey, Mondo Watkins and Kanaan Williams.

The junior trio led Lake Hamilton to a 6A-West championship with home court advantage throughout the tournament. Lake Hamilton earned a bye in the Class 6A tournament, but the Wolves were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Little Rock Hall (24-9).

Jenny Peake was named All-State from the girls' team, which featured a large group of seniors who appeared in their second straight Class 6A state semifinals. The Lady Wolves were 9-11 after a road loss at Hot Springs on Jan. 25 before gaining momentum through the end of the season with a six-game win streak.

Lake Hamilton (19-14) upset Sheridan (23-8) in the 6A-West consolation game to earn the No. 3 seed at state. The Lady Wolves defeated Jacksonville (14-17), 66-54, before eliminating the host West Memphis team (16-15), 66-44, in the quarterfinals.

Lakeside guards Thea Rice, senior, and Ashton Patrick, junior, were named All-State. The Lady Rams (20-10) earned the No. 3 seed from the 5A-South conference at state with a 57-32 victory over De Queen (19-10) in the district tournament consolation game.

Junior Sawyer Lamb was the leading scorer for the Rams (8-18). Lamb helped lead a resurgence in the second half of the season after Lakeside started the season 1-11.

The Sentinel-Record/File photo GOOD HANDS: Jessieville senior guard Alex Burleson (3) throws down a slam dunk on Jan. 9 during a 74-65 home win against Malvern. Burleson was among local student-athletes named All-State by the AAA this week.

Jessieville senior Alex Burleson was named All-State after leading the Lions to a 24-7 record. The team followed three early season losses with 13 consecutive wins. Jessieville lost two close games, 61-54 and 53-51 in overtime, to Perryville (27-5) in the district and regional finals.

Centerpoint senior Parker Sutton starred for the Knights (20-13) in their run to the state tournament. Centerpoint won its district tournament and topped Junction City (18-13), 58-53, in a consolation game at regionals to earn a No. 3 seed at state.

Mountain Pine senior Fay Haywood was the lone All-State selection from a Red Devils squad that went 26-6, including a district championship.

Cutter Morning Star leading scorer Ryan Brown also represented the Eagles among the All-State selections.

Sports on 03/14/2018

Print Headline: 5A champs headline All-State selections

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