Mountain Home senior Howie Wehmeyer hit a baseline jumper at the buzzer to give the Bombers a 54-52 victory over School of the Ozarks in the consolation bracket final on Saturday night at the 55th annual Forsyth, Mo., Holiday Tournament.
Mountain Home began to pull away in the second quarter, but the Patriots climbed within two to end the half and trailed just 40-38 going into the fourth quarter.
After School of the Ozarks tied the score to open the final stanza, the Bombers scored eight straight. Wehmeyer buried a 3-pointer and hit 1 of 2 free throws, sophomore Garrett Dietsche scored, and Wehmeyer scored again for a 48-40 lead.
School of the Ozarks responded with seven straight, climbing within 48-47 on a deuce by Keaton Tillack. Wehmeyer scored again for Mountain Home, but Cade Martin brought the Patriots within one again with 1:16 left to play.
Wehmeyer, who scored 12 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, hit two free throws for a 52-49 lead with 1:05 left. After the teams traded turnovers and the Bombers missed the front end of a one-and-one, Martin drained a 3 with :06.3 left to knot the score.
Wehmeyer took the ensuing inbounds pass, drove to the right baseline, lost the ball, recovered, and put up a 10-footer that beat the buzzer, giving Mountain Home its second win at the tourney.
Mitchell McDonald added 10 points for the Bombers (2-3), while Luke Jackson added six, Austin Jacobelli totaled five, and Dietsche and Chase Ohler chipped in two apiece. Tillack and Martin led the Patriots with 14 points each.
West Memphis 47,
Mountain Home 41
The Lady Bombers fell to a 7A/6A-East Conference rival for the second straight night at the Focus Bank Knockout Tournament at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould.
After winning their first two games of the tourney, the Lady Bombers fell Friday night to Marion in the semifinals and Saturday to West Memphis in the third-place game.
The Lady Blue Devils led the entire contest, but the Lady Bombers would not go away, trailing by just six at halftime. West Memphis pushed the lead to 46-35 to end the third quarter. Mountain Home held West Memphis to just one point in the final frame, but could not get enough offense going for a comeback.
Alivia O’Brien paced the Lady Bombers with 13 points, while Vinessa Daniel added 12. Mountain Home (2-4) will face the host Fayetteville team on Thursday night at the Lady Bulldog Classic.
Late Friday game
Mountain Home 25
The Lady Bombers went almost 12 minutes without scoring and almost went the entire first half without a field goal in its semifinal game against Marion on Friday night.
Marion hit a trio of 3-pointers and led 13-0 early in the game. The Lady Patriots scored two more deuces and held a 17-0 lead after one quarter. Marion’s opening streak stretched to 23-0 before Mountain Home sophomore Maly Tabor finally ended the Lady Bomber drought with 1 of 2 free throws with just over four minutes left in the second quarter.
The Lady Patriots led 27-1 when sophomore Hannah Pfeifer hit a jumper for Mountain Home’s first field goal with just over two minutes remaining. O’Brien knocked down a 3-pointer to bring Mountain Home within 27-6, but Marion took a 29-6 cushion into halftime.
Marion pushed its lead to 34-8 after a 3-pointer, but Mountain Home received five points from Pfeifer and two free throws by Tabor to pull within 37-15 with :40 left in the third. The Lady Patriots led 39-15 going into the final frame, where they led by as many as 25.
Pfeifer and Tabor led the Lady Bombers (2-3) with seven points apiece, while O’Brien, Cassie Martin and Micah Hudson added three each, and Daniel chipped in two for Mountain Home.
Statistics and scoring information courtesy of a radio broadcast by KTLO-KCTT Radio