VIOLA — Flippin’s Landry Kopacz drained a game-tying 3-pointer with just over one second left in regulation, and the Bobcats went on to take a 52-46, overtime victory over the Izard County Cougars in the final game of the night at the Marvin Newton Classic at Longhorn Corral.
Flippin trailed for most of the contest, but took a 35-34 lead with 2:57 left in regulation when Tanner Thoebald found Spencer Politte for a backdoor layup. Taylor Reynolds scored for Izard County, but Theobald scored in the paint for a 37-36 lead with 1:40 remaining.
Flippin had chances to put the game away in regulation, but missed the front end on two crucial one-and-one attempts. After the first of two misses at the line, Reynolds scored with :35.3 left for a 38-37 lead.
Politte missed the front end of a one-and-one with :27.6 left, and the Bobcats were forced to foul Izard County’s Andrew Walker, who also missed the front end of the one-and-one. Politte was whistled for a charge on the ensuing play, and Walker canned a pair of free throws to give the Cougars a 40-37 lead with just :05.7 left to play.
Flippin head coach Dion Hargrove drew up a final play, where Theobald fired a long pass to the other end of the court, and the Bobcats found Kopacz on the left wing, where the senior buried a long 3 with :01.4 left, forcing overtime.
Theobald and Kopacz each hit a pair of foul shots to open the extra session as Flippin took a 44-40 lead. Izard County answered, however, with Mosley tying the score after a steal with 1:55 left.
Politte hit his next four foul shots, though, giving the Bobcats a 48-44 lead with 1:04 remaining. Walker hit a pair at the foul line to bring the Cougars within two again, but Politte and Theobald hit two apiece from the charity stripe to put the game away.
Every Bobcat who scored found double figures. Politte was the game’s leading scorer, while Theobald and Jakeb Tate added 13 points each and Kopacz notched 10.
Clay Mosely led Izard County with 13 points, Reynolds added 11, Coby Jones tallied 10 and Walker was held to nine points without a field goal on the night by the Flippin defense.
The Cougars started strongly, taking an 11-4 lead with the help of five from Mosely, including an alley-oop slam dunk from Walker. Izard County led 11-6 after one quarter and 19-13 at halftime.
Tate, who had missed several 3-point attempts in the first half, got going in the third quarter, draining a pair of treys from the corner to bring the Bobcats within 20-19. Tate scored nine in the third alone as Flippin pulled ahead 29-28 on a Kopacz 3-pointer and trailed 32-29 going into the fourth.
Mosely 13, Reynolds 11, Jones 10, Walker 9, Simino 3.
Politte 16, Theobald 13, Tate 13, Kopacz 10.
IZARD 11 8 13 8 6 — 46
FLIPPIN 6 7 16 11 12 — 52
Lady Cougars 56,
Lady Bobcats 31
Izard County opened the game on a 19-4 run and never looked back in defeating Flippin.
Sophomore Jen King capped the run with eight straight points, and the Lady Cougars went on to lead 22-6 after one quarter and 31-10 at the half.
Izard County did not lead by less than 19 in the third quarter and held an advantage as big as 47-18 after another bucket by King.
Kristen Caraway hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Cougars the running-clock mercy rule at 50-20 early in the fourth.
King and Kennedy Cooper scored 16 and 12, respectively, to pace Izard County, while Malaina Gonzalez led Flippin with eight points.
LADY COUGARS (11-3)
J. King 16, Cooper 12, S. King 9, Thomason 6, Brashear 5, Caraway 5, Everett 4.
LADY BOBCATS (7-5)
Gonzalez 8, Riggs 7, Coatney 5, Spoon 4, Kirk 4, Paz 3.
IZARD 22 9 16 9 — 56
FLIPPIN 6 4 10 11 — 31
Rose Bud 52
Senior Dalton Lund poured in 27 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, leading the Longhorns to a comeback victory over the Ramblers.
The Longhorns outscored the Ramblers 22-13 in the fourth quarter to rally for the win. Lund buried five 3-pointers in the victory.
Viola trailed 15-13 after one quarter, 30-25 at halftime and 39-33 after three before the rally. Trevor Himschoot added 13 points for Viola (8-6).
The Lady Longhorns started slowly, but shut down the Lady Blue Devils over the final three quarters, allowing only 5 points over the final 24 minutes of the game.
Shirley led 6-4 after one quarter, but Viola took an 18-7 halftime lead after a 14-1 second-quarter advantage. The Lady Longhorns led 29-9 after three quarters.
Amanda Martin led Viola (5-7) with 13 points, Destiny Crawford added 12, Emily Perryman notched nine, Satara Bassett totaled six and Shaylee Harber chipped in two.
Cedar Ridge 82,
Highly-touted guard Austin Reeves exploded for a game-high 33 points, and Cade Crabtree added 20 as the Timberwolves rolled to a victory.
Reeves scored 11 in the first quarter alone, and the 6-5 point guard tossed in 13 in the third quarter.
Cedar Ridge led 24-12 after one quarter, 42-18 at the half and 67-41 after three.
Valley Springs 79,
Jake Wynn pumped in 23 points and Drew Saunders added 16 for the Tigers in a mercy-rule victory.
Valley Springs clicked offensively through the game, leading 28-9 after one quarter, 51-27 at the half and 70-42 after three.
Jesse Kinder led Salem with 13 points.
Valley Springs 62,
Arkansas State signee Payton Tennison erupted for 12 points in the first quarter and a game-high 32 for the contest as the Lady Tigers cruised to an easy win.
Valley Springs led 23-6 after one quarter, 43-20 at the half and 62-29 after three.
Emmalee Taylor added nine points for the Lady Tigers, while Kaci Barnett led Salem with 12 points.
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