Outlaws miss buzzer-beater in 2A regional against Caddo Hills, 39-36

Caddo Hills won the 2A South Region Saturday night on its home floor by defeating the Dierks Outlaws, 39-36.


NORMAN, Ark. – There’s been drama in all three basketball games this season between Dierks and Caddo Hills. The Outlaws won the first two encounters, but it was the host Indians that won the 2A South regional with a 39-36 win.

Dierks (25-3) went scoreless the first four minutes of Saturday’s game, and trailed 5-0. It was 12-2 with 1:27 remaining in the first quarter. Davin Burgess swished a trey to end the drought, with Kaden Helms scoring late to make it 12-7. Two minutes into the second quarter it was 12-12.

It tight the rest of the way, with the Indians leading 20-16 at halftime, and 29-25 going into the final eight minutes.

“We had some bigtime plays by some great kids,” said Caddo Hills coach Josh Terrell. “We played some zone the first time we played them. Tonight we started and finished in a zone. All three of our games with Dierks have featured outstanding defense. The final score in all three games has been in the 30s. I’m just so proud of my guys. I’ve told everyone there’s just no quit in them.”

Caddo Hills’ Conner Kincannon (23) goes high for a rebound against Dierks Saturday night.

Outlaws capture lead in fourth quarter

The Outlaws actually initiated their rally late in the second quarter after Cameron Gaither’s trey made it 25-18. Helms buried a 3-pointer with 1:05 left in the third period to make it 27-23. It was Helms scoring from long range again seconds into the final quarter to make it 29-28 in favor of the Indians.

Freshman Andrew Mack eventually put the Outlaws on top with another trey, 31-29. After two scoreless minutes Mack scored again (33-29).

Dierks’ lead was short-lived. Matt Turner scored for the Indians, and Gaither took a pass after a steal, resulting in a layup. The Outlaws called a timeout with 2:15 left in the game and Caddo Hills on top, 37-36. Royce Young scored the game’s final two points, but Dierks still had a chance.


The Outlaws lost the ball with 42 seconds left on a charging call. Caddo Hills ran the clock down to 22 seconds and called a timeout. When play resumed a foul was called on Dierks, but the free throw was missed and the Outlaws rebounded. They raced the ball down court and got a look at a 3-pointer that sailed off target at the buzzer.

Fordyce won the third-place game over Magnet Cove, 60-54. Jaylen Parham led the Redbugs with 20 points. trey Merritt scored 14, including four 3-pointers. Kadin Baker led the Panthers with 16 points, while Owen Tillery scored 13.

In other regionals, Kirby’s boys lost to Nevada, 67-50. Magnolia defeated Watson Chapel, 63-48.