PEARCY, Ar. — Junior Ty Robinson made all seven of his free throws in the fourth quarter Wednesday night and Lake Hamilton survived a scare from Little Rock Catholic on the first day of the Kameron Hale Invitational, 51-42.
“We didn’t play well, getting into bad foul trouble and missing our shots,” said Lake Hamilton coach Scotty Pennington. “Defensively we had to back out of man and play some zone, which is probably the first time this season we’ve played zone. Honestly, it’s the worst we’ve played all year.
“Ty (Robinson) can score in an abundance of ways. He didn’t shoot three’s well tonight, but he found other ways to score. We’ve just got to get better, tougher and overcome adversity. Easton Hurley and Zane (Pennington) played well defensively, and (LaBraun) Christon contributed offensively.”
Robinson led the Wolves (11-2) with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while senior Zac Pennington scored all 11 of his points in the first half.
The Wolves scored the game’s first seven points, leading 26-19 at halftime. Their biggest lead was 11, and the Rockets cut their deficit to a single point twice in the second half. Walker Lewis and Gage Callahan led Catholic with 11 points each.
Magnolia 64, West Memphis 31
Unbeaten Magnolia (7-0) started its game ice-cold, but warmed up in the second half to beat the Blue Devils.
The Panthers led 8-3 after eight minutes, and 19-13 at intermission. Nevi Tell poured in 29 points for Magnolia, with Ahmad Davis contributing 12. Johnny Washington led West Memphis with 11 points.
Springdale 45, Lake Hamilton 32
It didn’t take Class 7A Springdale long to make up an early nine-point deficit to the Lady Wolves.
Ashley Lewis scored the first six points of the game as Lake Hamilton built an 11-2 advantage in the first quarter. That lead disappeared in the second quarter, and the Lady Dawgs led 18-15 at halftime.
Lake Hamilton (3-9) was outscored 29-8 in the second and third quarters. S Wilson led the winners with 11 points, with Hudson contributing 10. Brooklyn Broughton led the host team with 11 points. Lewis finished with nine points and 12 rebounds.
Bryant 53, Pulaski Academy 28
Emileigh Muse hit three 3-pointers in the first half and Bryant (10-3) was in command the entire game. Muse was scoreless in the second half, but still led the winners with nine points. Natalie Edmonson scored eight points.
AK Nichols paced Pulaski Academy with nine points.