Lady Rams take 6th in state bowling tourney

The Hot Springs ninth grade Trojans celebrate after a win. (Submitted photo)
The Hot Springs ninth grade Trojans celebrate after a win. (Submitted photo)

The Lakeside Lady Rams finished sixth in the Class 5A State Bowling Tournament this week after placing fifth in the Arkansas West Conference to earn their way to state.

Freshman Charlee McCoy earned All Conference honors with a three game total pin count of 452 earning fifth out of 66 bowlers.

At state, freshman Jaidyn Joslin finished ninth out of 78 bowlers in the 5A State with All State honors with a total pin count of 474 for three games. McCoy finished 17th with a total of 452 while freshman Dakota Sawyer finished 23rd with a total of 424, sophomore Anna Watts 33rd with a total of 391, sophomore Emma Nash 48th with a total of 348, and senior Anna Kate Slatton 62nd with a total of 308.

Jr. Rams take conference, 7th graders go undefeated

The Lakeside Junior Rams basketball team finished the regular season 18-5 (8-2) with Thursday's 27-14 win over Texarkana to become conference champions. With a first-round bye today, the Junior Rams will play the winner between El Dorado and Texarkana on Monday at 5:15 p.m. at Hot Springs' Trojan Arena.

The Rams' eighth grade team fell to Texarkana, 26-23, to finish the season 10-5 (5-5). The seventh grade Rams went undefeated on the season at 18-0 (8-0) with their 46-16 win over Texarkana.

Junior Trojans beat El Dorado 58-34

The Hot Springs Junior Trojans defeated El Dorado 58-34 on the road Thursday night to improve to 8-2 in conference.

Ladrell Williams led the way with 21 points followed by Daron Hicks with 16, Anthony Thomas 11, Nic Haines 5, Kayn Gray-Franklin 3, and Aden Brown 2.

With a bye in the first round of the conference tournament next week, the No. 2 seed Junior Trojans will play the winner between Magnolia and Camden Monday at 7:45 p.m. in Trojan Arena.

Head coach Chase White said the team is playing its best basketball at this point of the season and are looking forward to the conference tournament.

"We jumped out on El Dorado from the start (Thursday night) and played great team basketball," he said. "Anthony Thomas set the tone on defense and caused several steals. He also hit three more 3-pointers this game and is shooting the ball well with confidence. Ladrell Williams filled up the stat sheet with rebounds, assists, steals, and 21 points. He hit two 3's, a jumper, and finished really well around the basket.

"Daron Hicks was our second leading scorer with 16 points and made some great moves getting to the rim and finishing tough layups through contact. Aden Brown had another solid night on defense and had to have close to ten rebounds tonight. Nic Haines has been playing his role really well for our 9th-grade team. He came in and hit a 3 and got a steal that lead to a tough left-hand lay-up. I'm very proud of our guys for putting together a complete game and being locked in and focused from the start. We shot the ball extremely well with seven 3-pointers tonight and had more team assists than we have had all season.

The seventh grade Trojans ended their season 10-2 (8-2) with a 37-10 win over El Dorado. Malik Amos led with 8 points followed by Ethan Echols with 7, Cayden Meseke and Micah Speed each with 6, and Brody Quast, Brayln Grisby, Artist Banks, Trey Gordon, and Caine Hollyfield each with 2.

"We shared the ball really well and our transition game was really good tonight," seventh grade head coach Brandon Bates said. "I'm very proud of this group; they've matured a lot since the beginning of the season and got better and better each game. The future is very bright for Hot Springs boys basketball."

The eighth grade Trojans fell 51-34 to El Dorado to end the year at 4-6 in conference. Nic Haines led the way with 11 points while Devonta McCuiston and Caine Hollyfield each followed with 6, Ethan Echols and Brody Quast each with 4, and Cayden Meseke with 3.

"We had a young eighth grade team this year made up of four eighth graders and 11 seventh graders, but that didn't stop them from competing in every game that they played this season," said eighth grade head coach Ryan Morrow. "All four eighth graders also got some ninth grade experience this year, and Daron Hicks (also an eighth grader) played ninth grade only. This group is very competitive and has a lot of talent."

Gators gash UA women late, 85-81

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Look deep in the box score for an explanation to Arkansas' 85-81 defeat to host Florida in Southeastern Conference women's basketball Thursday night.

Seventeen Razorback turnovers, four in the fourth quarter, contributed to Arkansas' bubble bid for the NCAA tournament being further dashed. Arkansas led by 10 in the fourth quarter yet lost despite two 20-point scorers and 20-of-20 free-throw shooting.

Makayla Daniels scored 26 for Arkansas but missed a corner three with Florida leading 84-81. Freshman guard Taliah Scott scored nine of her 20 in the third quarter as the Razorbacks went up 71-61. They led 48-46 at halftime after a 35-point second quarter.

Saylor Pofffenbarger totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds for Arkansas, scoreless over the final 3:20.

The Razorbacks are 17-8 overall but, at 5-5, rank seventh in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas plays next at Tennessee (14-8, 7-3) and gets South Carolina (22-0, 10-0) at Walton Arena Feb. 29.

Florida (12-9, 3-6) entered ranked 59th in the NCAA NET rankings. Arkansas, with a shocking home loss in December to UAPB, entered at No. 62.

"We're .500 in the league," Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors said. "We've lived in that area an awful lot. ... There is no bottom to the league this year,... There's not a game that you go into that you can survive a four-minute stretch of being awful. You get exposed."

photo The Lakeside Lady Rams bowling team is pictured at the Class 5A State Bowling Tournament. (Submitted photo)

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