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Springdale Har-Ber struggled offensively in its win over crosstown rival Springdale High on Tuesday night. It was a different story on Friday. Senior Charlie Bockelman got the Wildcats going en route to a big 65-36 homecoming win over Bentonville West to remain atop the 6A-West Conference on Friday night in Wildcat Arena. Bockelman scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the first half to help Har-Ber (19-3, 10-1 6A-West) to a 40-17 halftime lead. Har-Ber's lead ballooned to 30 to invoke the running clock in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter. The Wildcats maintained a one-game lead in the 6A-West on Rogers High, which pulled away from Springdale High late. Wildcats coach Tommy Deffebaugh said his team rode solid defense again, but Bockelman came through offensively. "We've been wanting him and waiting on him to have a night like this," said Deffebaugh, whose team ground out a 35-30 win earlier in the week. "At home under these conditions, it's homecoming night for basketball. We've been begging him. We want him to take his shot. "We want him to be aggressive because he's got a good stroke. We told him, 'Hey, you're probably gonna have the lesser of the defensive players on you. We need you to take your shots when they're available and when you're open' and he did." Bockelman hit a 3-point field goal, then converted a three-point play to help the Wildcats to an 18-7 lead after a quarter. He added two more 3-pointers late in the half as Har-Ber took a commanding 40-17 lead into halftime. Jajuan Boyd chipped in 12 points, while Lawson Jenkins and Nick Buchanan added nine each. Dylan Bailey was the only West player in double figures with 16. Bentonville West 7 10 12 7 -- 36 Springdale Har-Ber 18 22 14 11 -- 65 Bentonville West (8-13, 3-8): Bailey 16, Peterson 6, Buccino 3, Harris 3, McDonald 2, Honeycutt 2, McGhee 2, Higson 2. Springdale Har-Ber (19-3, 10-1): Bockelman 20, Boyd 12, Jenkins 9, Buchanan 9, Eckwood 5, Livingston 4, Peironi 2, Seawood 2, Oliger 2....

2/15/2020

The Lady Wildcats jumped to a 19-4 lead after a quarter and cruised to the 6A-West Conference win. Caylan Koons poured in a game-high 21 points for Har-Ber (18-6, 8-3 6A-West), which led 30-13 at halftime. West (6-19, 2-9) scored 7-straight points to get within 30-20 but got no closer. Sophie Nelson added 11 and Kania Starks 9 for the Lady Wildcats. Jada Curtis and Laynee Tapp scored 8 points each to lead the Lady Wolverines....

2/15/2020

JaJuan Boyd took care of the offense, and Springdale Har-Ber's defense took care of the rest Tuesday night. The senior guard buried an 18-footer to give the Wildcats the lead for good as they remained atop the 6A-West Conference standings with a 35-30 victory over their crosstown rival in Bulldog Gym. "He's so hard to guard," Har-Ber coach Tommy Deffebaugh said of Boyd, who finished with a game-high 20 points. "He can get his own shot, and he can play through contact. He's really explosive, and he can shoot the open 3 or open 15-footer. So he's a three-way player. "When you have him as a three-way player and you have the other guys who are quick and do what they do, it just opens it up for him. Of course, him coming back to Springdale, I'm sure he was feeling pretty good." Har-Ber (18-3, 9-1) took a 27-23 into the fourth quarter, but it didn't last a minute as Springdale (10-12, 3-7) tied it with back-to-back buckets by Jordan Owens. Noah Livingston's free throw helped Har-Ber regain the lead, but JP Hignite's bucket put the Bulldogs in front 29-28 with 6 minutes, 14 seconds left to play. It turned out to be Springdale's last field goal, and Lawson Jenkins' bucket gave Har-Ber a 30-29 lead. Hignite tied it at 30 with a free throw before Boyd broke the deadlock with his jumper inside the lane, then he followed his missed 3-pointer with a bucket inside after Springdale missed a chance to tie it again with an alley-oop play to Jordan near the 2-minute mark. "The thing I was proud of my guys about is when our offense wasn't there, we still found a way to win," Deffebaugh said. "They had 19 points at half, so we held them to 11 points. A lot of times you have to do that, and it was a defensive night. "I knew we were locked in, and we started switching our man-to-man defenses, and our guys are pretty good about it. We really don't practice switching because I've always told them we don't necessarily have to switch unless it's a situation where we have to. But they wanted to switch on their own." Boyd was the only Wildcat to finish in double figures. Owens and Hignite each had 10 points for Springdale, which had a three-game winning streak snapped. Har-Ber^9^12^6^8^--^35 Springdale^6^13^4^6^--^30 Har-Ber (18-3, 9-1): Boyd 20, Jenkins 5, Buchanan 4, Eckwood 4, Livingston 2. Springdale (10-12, 3-7): Hignite 10, Owens 10, Henry 4, James 3, Elkar 3....

2/12/2020

Caylan Koons scored the game's first seven points and had 11 of her 19 points in the first quarter as Har-Ber cruised to a win in Bulldog Arena. Pacious McDaniel had 24 points to lead the Lady Wildcats (17-6, 7-3), who built a 24-7 lead after one quarter and enjoyed a 45-14 halftime cushion. Har-Ber, however, didn't start the running clock until Sophie Nelson's bucket made it a 62-32 game with 5:13 remaining. Thaly Sysavanh had 13 points to lead Springdale (3-20, 0-10)....

2/12/2020

The Wildcats took over sole possession of first place in the 6A-West as Lawson Jenkins scored a game-high 20 points. Har-Ber's win coupled with Fayetteville's loss at Rogers High leaves the Wildcats (17-3, 8-1 6A-West) atop the league standings. Nick Buchanan added 14 points for Har-Ber, which held a double-digit lead for most of the second half. Logan Glenn scored 19 points for Heritage (9-12, 2-7) including five 3-pointers....

2/8/2020

Just a year ago, a girls basketball game between Rogers Heritage and Springdale Har-Ber did not matter much in the 6A-West Conference. That wasn't the case Friday night as the two teams came into Wildcat Arena battling for playoff seedings. Har-Ber got a game-high 22 points from sophomore Caylan Koons and dominated the second half in a 54-37 win. The Lady Wildcats extended a narrow halftime lead by outscoring Heritage 34-19 in the second half. "I feel like we've come a long way since last year," said second-year Har-Ber coach Kim Jenkins, whose team was 9-17 last season and just 2-12 in the 6A-West and did not make the postseason. "They are growing and getting better, but we're still so young. We just need to keep working and focusing on the next game." Freshman Pacius McDaniel scored 12 points for Har-Ber (16-6, 6-3 6A-West), but picked up two fouls in the game's first 1:45 and played only sporadically until the final quarter, where she scored 9 of her 12 points....

2/8/2020

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