Cutter Morning Star picked up a pair of wins, defeating Christian Ministries 51-35 Monday and Horatio 55-40 on Friday.
The Eagles (4-8, 3-3 2A-7) jumped out to a 15-10 lead Monday night before the Conquerors bounced back to knot the score at 23-23 going into the break. Cutter Morning Star held on to take a 31-30 lead after three periods, outscoring the visitors 20-5 in the final eight minutes.
"It was a tale of two halves as we went man-to-man in the second half and really limited their scoring," said first-year head coach Beau Brickell.
Connor McGhee led the Eagles with 17 points, and Ethan Stevens had 14.
The Eagles got off to a strong start Friday as well, taking a 10-6 lead before taking a 23-19 buffer into intermission. The Eagles put up 19 in the third while allowing 12 before securing the win by outscoring the Lions 13-9 in the fourth.
"It was the same scenario there," Brickell said. "Even first half, changed to a pressure 2-3 in the second half and came away with the win."
McGhee and Stevens led the team with 15 points each, and Keyshawn Blevins added 12.
The Eagles host Ouachita Thursday.
Hot Springs (JG) 34, Lakeside 30
Lakeside trailed by 15 going into the final six minutes at Trojan Arena Monday night, but the junior Lady Rams could not top the junior Lady Trojans.
Amelia Rogers put up 14 of her 22 in the second half to lead Lakeside back into the game while shooting 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Molly Reeves and Zakoria Wilson finished with 4 points each.
Hot Springs (JB) 29, Lakeside 28
Kendall Williams put up 12 points to lead the junior Trojans (9-2, 2-1 5A-South) past the visiting junior Rams Monday night at Trojan Arena.
Matthew Contreras put up 7 points for Hot Springs, and Perry Jones added 6.
"You can't ask for anything better than coming out with a win in a nail biter," said Hot Springs junior boys head coach Jay Williams. "That's a really good bunch of guys we played. I thought we missed tons of chip shots in the paint throughout the game, but our defense helped us prevail."
Southern Arkansas 71, Arkansas-Monticello 67
MAGNOLIA -- Blake Rogers knocked down a step-back jumper with five seconds remaining to put the Muleriders up 69-67 over the Boll Weevils Monday night at the W.T. Watson Center. UAM called a timeout it did not have, leading to Aaron Lucas sinking a pair of free throws to ice the victory for SAU.
The Muleriders (3-0, 3-0 GAC) trailed by as much as 13 points in the second half after trailing 33-32 at intermission, but the team managed a rally from an 8-point deficit with under six minutes to go while fending off a Weevils team (2-1, 1-1) that shot 53.8% from 3-point range. There were seven lead changes and five ties in the first half, but SAU did not surpass UAM until the final seconds of the game.
Lucas led the Muleriders with a game-high 23 points with four assists, two rebounds and two steals. Rogers finished with 15 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, with three assists and a block while Jalen Brooks picked up a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, the team's first of the season.
Denzel McDuffey led the Weevils with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, Miles Daniels added 13 points with a pair of steals, Lemmie Howard had 11 points with a team-high six rebounds and a block, and Kendal Frey had 11 points, two assists and a block.
The Muleriders travel to Russellville to face Arkansas Tech on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. UAM is off until Saturday when it faces Henderson State on the road after Thursday's game against Ouachita Baptist was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.
SAU 72, UAM 66
MAGNOLIA -- The Muleriders picked up their first win of the season Monday night, holding the visiting Cotton Blossoms at bay.
With a 12-point lead at intermission, SAU (1-1, 1-1 GAC) managed to keep UAM (1-2, 1-2) at arms' length in the second half despite the Blossoms outscoring them 21-15 in the third quarter. The Blossoms picked up their only lead with the first basket of the game before Jessica Jones hit a 3-pointer in response, taking a lead that the Muleriders did not relinquish the rest of the night.
SAU out-rebounded UAM 49-43 while forcing 28 turnovers in the game. The Blossoms were 5 for 8 from the free throw line while the Muleriders hit 17 of 22.
Kisi Young led all scorers with 19 points in her season debut, shooting 7 for 8 from inside the arc and 5 of 7 from the free throw line, and added five rebounds. Jones scored 12 points with three rebounds and two steals while Hot Springs graduate Ariana Guinn put up 8 points in 18 minutes on the court with a team-high three steals. Maggie Evans and Lillie Moore also had three steals, Moore leading all players with eight rebounds.
Dezirae King put up 17 points to lead the Blossoms with a game-high six steals and one block, and Nina Kizzee, the only other Blossom in double-digits, had 11 points with three steals and three assists. Mackenzie Tillman and Hayle Poindexter had six rebounds each to lead UAM, Tillman adding five assists.
SAU will face Arkansas Tech on the road Thursday at 5:30 p.m. UAM will not play until Saturday at HSU after OBU's women had to cancel their first five games of the season due to COVID-19 protocols.