Caddo Hills boys eager to face Outlaws a third time in Saturday’s title game

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Caddo Hill's Royce Young (3) goes up for two points Friday against Fordyce in the 2A regional tournament at Caddo Hills.


NORMAN, Ark. – Caddo Hills’ boys are hoping a third meeting with Dierks Saturday (7 p.m. tipoff) will go better than the previous two.

Host Caddo Hills (26-4) beat the Outlaws twice during the regular season. They tangle again for the 2A South Regional crown after winning their respective semifinal games Friday. The Indians pulled away late to beat Fordyce, 61-47. Dierks (25-2) survived a furious rally by Magnet Cove (19-9) to edge the Panthers, 50-46.

Horatio faces Parker’s Chapel at 4 p.m. in the girls’ championship game. The Lady Lions slipped past Fordyce, 51-47, while the Lady Trojans defeated Murfreesboro, 43-33.

Saturday’s action begins at 10 a.m. with the Lady Rattlers playing Fordyce to decide third and fourth place. The Redbugs’ boys play Magnet Cove at 1 p.m.


Caddo Hills 61, Fordyce 47

The Indians took control early against the cold-shooting Redbugs (16-4). The lead was 15-4 after eight minutes, and 29-15 at intermission.

“Fordyce is one heck’uva ball team,” said Caddo Hills coach Josh Ferrell. “You can’t teach what they do. They’re fast and play hard. We like to run, too. We want to play fast, and shoot a lot of threes. Our biggest thing was getting back on defense. They got six points on us early in transition, but we kept battling.

“The first time we played Dierks it was here, and we had opportunities at the end to win. They’re kind of the opposite of us. They’re big and long. We have to win with our quickness.”

Caddo Hills continued to pour it on in the third quarter, taking a 50-28 cushion into the final period.

Cameron Gaither led the winners with 28 points, with Tate Dumont contributing 10. Trey Merritt led Fordyce with 20 points, while Ja’Quez Cross scored 10.

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Dierks’ Kaden Helms (13) is double-teamed by two Magnet Cove players.

Dierks 50, Magnet Cove 46

It appeared the game was well in hand for the Outlaws with four minutes left. They led by 14, but with 38 seconds left Dierks was nursing a two-point lead.

Junior Austin Mack converted decisive free throws with three seconds left. He finished with 21 points and 20 rebounds. Freshman Andrew Mack scored 12 points, including two 3-pointers.

“We’ve set a school record for most wins (26) in a season,” said Dierks coach Kevin Alexander. “I hope that isn’t these kids’ goal. Our ultimate goal is to win a state championship.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Austin Mack. This is his first year to play post. He has been big for us all season. Austin scores, rebounds, brings the ball up court if necessary. It’s whatever we need him to do. Everyone on this team is contributing. They expect to win, and they know how to win. We trailed Magnet Cove by 17 points earlier this season in the third quarter, but we found a way to win.”

Evin Ashcraft sparked the Panthers’ late rally, finishing with 14 points and four 3-pointers. Levi Horton scored 12. Magnet Cove struggled at the free throw stripe, making only 10 of 19.

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Lady Rattlers’ Rhealee Campbell battles a Parker’s Chapel defender, and her hair.


Parker’s Chapel 43, Murfreesboro 33

A combination of outstanding defensive play, and poor shooting by the Lady Rattlers accounted for this outcome.

If not for the play of Rhealee Campbell, the Lady Trojans’ margin of victory would have been bigger. Campbell kept the Rattlers in striking distance with 18 points, including four 3-pointers.

Free throw shooting was also a big factor in favor of Parker’s Chapel. The Trojans converted 21 of 30 free throws. Ali Looney was 8 of 10, finishing with a team-high 15 points. Taylor Fortune made all six of her charity shots to score 11 points. Macie Wood added 10 points with 5 free throws.

The Trojans led 20-14 at halftime, and took a 29-20 cushion into the final eight minutes.

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Horatio 51, Fordyce 36

After an ugly first quarter, the Lady Lions took command in the middle quarters to build a 32-28 advantage. The final eight minutes was all Horatio.

Horatio’s K. Baker scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half, including 10 in the fourth period. C. Bulliner led the Lady Redbugs with 19 points.

Other regional scores:

Kirby’s boys and girls advanced to the Class A regional finals Friday. The boys beat Bradley, 58-55, while the girls defeated Dermott, 64-32. Nevada’s boys routed Strong, 78-33, while Magnolia edged Monticello, 51-48. Centerpoint’s girls whipped Dumas, 47-33. Ashdown will play the Lady Knights after winning (no score available). Star City won in 4A over Nashville’s girls, 39-34.