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The Lady Wildcats outscored the Lady Mounties 22-5 in the fourth quarter and pulled away for the 6A-West Conference win. Caylan Koons poured in a game-high 25 points, including three 3-pointers. Freshman Pacious McDaniel added 22 -- 11 in the fourth quarter --for Har-Ber (20-6, 10-3 6A-West). Sophie Nelson chipped in 11. Rogers (16-11, 6-7) cut a double-digit deficit to within 36-33 on two free throws by Aubrey Treadwell. But Har-Ber pushed the lead back to eight after three quarters. Koons hit a 3-pointer to start the fourth for a double-digit advantage and the Lady Wildcats never looked back. Camiran Brockhoff led the Lady Mounties with 12 points, including three 3-pointers....

2/26/2020

Springdale Har-Ber Coach Tommy Deffebaugh told his players Tuesday night that playing together and doing the dirty work were keys to winning. The Wildcats did both in the final minutes to earn a 62-53 victory over Rogers on the road and clinch the 6A-West Conference title Tuesday night. Har-Ber (21-3, 12-1 6A-West) allowed one field goal over the final four-plus minutes and outscored the Mounties 12-3 to close the game. Deffebaugh was proud of the way his team came together late in the game. "For our kids to stick together, and I thought in the last part of that fourth quarter we exemplified a lot of team work," he said. "We made some mistakes, but we kept each other up. We pat each other on the back. We pat each other on the butt. We just persevered and hung in there." Drew Miller's three-pointer from the top of the key tied the game at 50-50 with 4:46 remaining, but the Mounties managed only a Derek Hobbs' three-pointer with a little more than a minute left the rest of the way. Senior Lawson Jenkins led the way with a team-high 22 points, but it was his putback basket that gave the Wildcats a four-point lead with under three minutes to play. Har-Ber got three shots at it before Jenkins cleaned it up. Deffebaugh has told his team all season that what he calls "the dirty work" -- such as rebounding -- is a key to victory. "I told them we gotta have everybody fighting their tail ends off on the glass," Deffebaugh said. "In order to win on the road, you've gotta get on the glass and you've gotta make your free throws. "And sure enough JaJuan Boyd makes free throws at the end, Lawson got that big putback. So it takes all those things to win on the road and win a conference championship." Moments earlier Boyd, who added 17 points, drew a charging foul that wiped out the potential game-tying basket. Rogers (20-4, 9-4) trailed by double digits in the first half but pulled within 34-28 at halftime thanks to the work of Will Liddell. He finished with a game-high 28 points, but 21 of those came in the first half. Hobbs was also in double figures with 12....

2/26/2020

JuJuan Boyd was 8-of-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to help the Wildcats avoid an upset. Boyd scored 10 of his game-high 15 points in the final minutes for Har-Ber (20-3, 11-1), who now have a two-game lead in the 6A-West standings after Bentonville knocked off Rogers on Friday. Har-Ber travels to Rogers on Tuesday before closing the regular season next Friday at home against Fayetteville. Tavari Eckwood scored 10 points for Har-Ber. Blake Gilmore led Van Buren (9-15, 3-9) with 14 points and Gary Phillips added 11....

2/22/2020

Pacious McDaniel bounced up off the floor with a smile a mile wide and an emphatic double-fist pump after drawing a charging foul late in the fourth quarter. The Springdale Har-Ber freshman had every reason to celebrate Friday night, scoring 13 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Lady Wildcats rallied from 10 points down to knock off Van Buren 66-60 in 6A-West girls basketball. "We are so young, we only have one senior on our team, so they all played like they had ice in their veins," said Har-Ber coach Kim Jenkins. McDaniel powered through the Van Buren defense for five layups in the final quarter, and two of those resulted in drawing a foul in addition to the bucket, and she hit her free throws to complete the three-point play. But her biggest play in the final eight minutes may have been a forced tie ball after a Har-Ber (19-6, 9-3 6A-West) missed free throw. That allowed the Lady Wildcats to keep possession. On the next play, her three-point play gave Har-Ber the lead for good with 22 seconds left. Van Buren (8-17, 2-10) hung tough despite losing top scorer Lexi Miller to fouls near the end of the third quarter. Brooklyn Kannady picked up the scoring slack and finished with 22 points for the Lady Pointers. Har-Ber also got a huge fourth quarter from junior Kania Starks, who scored all six of her points in the final three minutes. "I thought Kania Starks came back in the game and really gave us a spark after having some foul trouble," said Jenkins. "She made a three, had another drive. She did some great things." Jenkins said her team came out flat and fell behind 42-32 late in the third quarter before sophomore Caylan Koons started the fourth-quarter charge. Koons scored 22 points before fouling out with 2:06 left in the game. Her 3-pointer from the right corner fueled an 8-0 run to help Har-Ber tie the score at 44-44 with 5:15 left. It was close the rest of the way. Van Buren took its last lead at 60-58 on two Kannady free throws with 1:14 left. McDaniels' three-point play on a baseline layup and free throw with :22 left, then four straight Har-Ber free throws clinched the win. Har-Ber will be on the road to Rogers High on Tuesday before finishing the regular season at home next Friday against Fayetteville where the No. 2 seed in the conference could be at stake. Van Buren will travel to Bentonville West on Tuesday. Van Buren 12 18 12 18 -- 60 Har-Ber 9 17 11 29 -- 66 Van Buren (8-17, 2-10): Kannady 22, Miller 11, Ball 8, Woodard 8, Rainwater 7, Grebe 3. Har-Ber (19-6, 9-3): Koons 22, McDaniel 21, Nelson 10, Starks 6, Andrew 4, McCrackin 3....

2/22/2020

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

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