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Trojans breeze past Hope

by staff reports | January 21, 2018 at 4:00 a.m.

HOPE -- Playing their first game in 10 days, the Hot Springs Trojans showed no signs of rust Friday night.

Behind 12 points each from sophomore Santiair Thomas and freshman J.J. Walker, the Trojans (13-9, 8-0) rolled to a 47-18 rout of defending 5A-South champion Hope.

In the midst of a four-game winning streak, Hot Springs hosts rivals Lakeside (4-13, 3-5) Tuesday night and Lake Hamilton (15-3, 5-1) Thursday night at Trojan Fieldhouse.

Girls

Leading 35-21 at the half, the Hot Springs Lady Trojans (16-3, 6-0) outscored Hope 24-9 in the second half to secure a 59-30 win on the road Friday night.

Senior guard Ariana Guinn led the way with 19 points for Hot Springs. Junior forwards Jaidan Thomas and Nya Moody scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, and senior Trinitee Nevels finished with eight points.

Winners of eight straight games, the Lady Trojans host Lakeside (15-3, 4-1) Tuesday and Lake Hamilton (8-10, 1-2) Thursday at Trojan Fieldhouse.

* The Hot Springs junior Lady Trojans got contributions from everyone in a 47-28 win over Camden Fairview Thursday night.

Jaylia Reed scored 19 points, with Jurnee Hicks adding eight points and India Hudson scoring seven points. Other scorers for the junior Lady Trojans were Ivy Scott with five points, Tamia Dolls with three points and Darnesa Hudson with two points.

Hot Springs led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter before taking control with a 19-8 advantage in the second quarter. Leading 32-15 at the half, the junior Lady Trojans held Fairview to just five points in the third quarter and eight in the fourth to secure the win.

MOUNTAIN PINE

MAGNET COVE

MAGNET COVE -- Mountain Pine senior forward Summer Godwin stuffed the stat sheet with 25 points, eight rebounds and four steals as the Lady Red Devils (5-11, 2-3) downed Magnet Cove 54-39 Friday night.

The Lady Red Devils led 11-4 at the end of the first quarter and 27-15 at the half. Magnet Cove bounced back with a 10-9 advantage in the third quarter before Mountain Pine pulled away by outscoring the Lady Panthers 18-14 in the fourth.

Senior guard Ali Meeks recorded nine points and two rebounds for the Lady Red Devils and senior forward Tanay Tash added seven points with six rebounds.

Freshman guard Kalariya McDaniel scored seven points and grabbed two rebounds, while senior forward Grace Galarza finished with four points and seven boards.

Mountain Pine hosts Murfreesboro (10-6, 1-0) Tuesday night and travels to Foreman (1-10, 0-2) on Thursday.

LAKE HAMILTON

JUNIOR HIGH

PEARCY -- The Lake Hamilton junior Lady Wolves (18-1, 10-1) continued their domination of the Central Arkansas Conference with a 49-12 rout of visiting Bryant Thursday night at Wolf Arena.

Aspen Thornton led all scorers with 20 points for Lake Hamilton, while Hayleigh Wyrick scored 12 points and Tia Mullinex and Aryn Hughes each had five points.

"Our girls were intense on both ends of the floor from the very beginning of the game," Lake Hamilton interim coach Brandi Higginbotham said. "We were able to attack and be very tough around the basket, as well as moving our feet well and keeping good positioning on the defensive end."

The junior Lady Wolves travel to Benton Monday night.

Boys

Trailing 22-17 at the half, Lake Hamilton's junior boys outscored Bryant 12-3 in the third quarter and 10-9 in the fourth quarter to secure a 39-34 win Thursday night.

The junior Wolves improved to 6-11 overall and 4-7 in conference with the win.

"We made some defensive adjustments in the second half and our boys really stepped up," Lake Hamilton assistant coach Darren Cannon said. "We were able to slow them down. That was the difference in the game."

Chase Jessup and Elijah Smith each scored eight points for Lake Hamilton, while Cade Robinson scored six points and Austin Hale finished with five points off the bench.

* Wylyn Harris dropped a game-high 21 points as Lake Hamilton's eighth-grade boys rolled to a 48-22 win over visiting Bethel Thursday night. Gavin Robbins scored 11 points for the Wolves.

Both the junior Wolves and eighth-grade squad travel to Benton Monday night.

Sports on 01/21/2018

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