FLIPPIN — Landry Kopacz drained six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 23 points to lead the Flippin Bobcats to a 41-38 semifinal victory over the Western Grove Warriors at the Arvest Bank Tournament on Thursday night at Bobcat Country.
Kopacz hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter, but the Warriors held a 13-9 lead going into the second. The 5-11 senior hit two more 3s in the second and the Bobcats clawed their way even at 19-19 at halftime.
Kopacz hit two more treys in the third, and the host team led 29-27 going into the final quarter.
Clinging to a 35-34 lead late in the game, Austin Lack scored in the paint to push Flippin’s lead to three. After Tanner Theobald rebounded a missed Western Grove shot, Kopacz hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 39-34 with 35.9 seconds remaining.
Zach Johnson scored for the Warriors, but Spencer Politte hit two free throws for Flippin to push the lead back to five with 7.1 seconds left.
Politte added 10 points to Kopacz’s game-high total, while Hunter Baker and Johnson paced Western Grove with 12 points apiece.
Flippin is scheduled to face Jasper in the championship game on Saturday.
Baker 12, Johnson 12, Tabor 5, White 5, Grice 4.
Kopacz 23, Politte 10, Curtis 4, Lack 2, Theobald 2.
W. GROVE 13 6 8 11 — 38
FLIPPIN 9 10 10 12 — 41
The Lady Panthers couldn’t keep a hot start going and eventually fell to the Lady Yellowjackets in a girls’ semifinal.
Marleigh Dodson tossed in 19 points to lead the Lady Panthers, who are scheduled to meet Flippin in the third-place game on Saturday. The Lady Bobcats fell to Jasper, which will meet Kingston in the final on Saturday.
Ivy McGowan added 15 points for Norfork (9-5), while Abbie Belding and Montana Greve added five apiece, and Makayla Irby and Matty Dillard notched three each.
The Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Antlers 18-6 in the second quarter to take control of the game and went on to post a consolation bracket victory.
Kira Gentry-Cape led the Lady Panthers with 14 points, while Justina Jenkins added 12, Taylor McFarland totaled eight, Abby Helmke notched seven, Kyli Duffy and Faith Cagle chipped in four each, and Savanna Adams and Tyra Turner tallied two apiece.
Yellville-Summit (2-1) led 15-7 after one quarter, then pulled away for a 33-13 halftime advantage and a 51-20 lead after three.
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