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The Tigers clinched a huge 6A-West win at the free-throw line down the stretch. Bentonville (15-8, 6-5 6A-West) outscored the Bulldogs 23-20 in the final quarter as three players scored in double-figures. Fayetteville's C.J. Williams drained a 3-pointer with 1:00 left to make it a one-point game at 55-54, but the Tigers got three free throws from Sawyer Price, and the Bulldogs (17-8, 8-3) misfired on several perimeter shots late. Price scored 13 points to lead a balanced Bentonville attack. Brayden Freeman finished with 12 and Hayden Shanks scored 11. Williams was the only Fayetteville player in double-figures with 10. Tamaury Releford scored 9 points -- just two in the second half -- after scoring 24 second-half points in the team's first meeting in January....

2/15/2020

Maryam Dauda is rated by several national scouting services as the top post player in the country in the 2021 recruiting class. Those services should not overlook her perimeter game. The Bentonville junior scored a game-high 17 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for her career Friday night as the Lady Tigers routed Fayetteville 47-27 in a 6A-West Conference battle in Tiger Arena. The 6-4 Dauda blocked six shots to shut down Fayetteville's inside game, but it wasn't the swats or scoring milestone that had her smiling afterward when she was receiving congratulatory hugs. Midway through the second quarter, Dauda stepped out to the three-point line at the top of the key and buried a shot to cap a 10-0 Bentonville run that pushed the lead to 22-11. She said she knew at that point it was going to be the Lady Tigers' night. "It felt good. It felt really good," Dauda said of her three-pointer. "That was for all the post players out there. Just work on your shot and make sure everyone respects your shot from the three-point line. Once you start making those, everyone will respect your game." Bentonville (22-1, 11-0) won its 17th consecutive game to take a two-game lead in the conference race. Fayetteville (19-5, 9-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead, and Bentonville looked like it might be in trouble when sophomore point guard Jada Brown picked up two quick fouls. Lady Tigers Coach Tom Halbmaier left Brown in the game, and she did not pick up another foul the rest of the way. "It was one of those deals where it was yes and no," Halbmaier said about whether to sit Brown or let her play through. "This type of game, she was made for this. She's so aggressive. "That was probably the best thing that could have happened to her, picking up those two fouls. She kind of settled down and said, 'Hey, I'm going to have to play with more control if I'm going to stay in the game.' " After Dauda's three-pointer, Bentonville never was threatened. The Lady Tigers cruised to a 27-15 lead at halftime, then opened the third quarter on a 13-0 run for a 40-15 lead on Natalie Smith's three-pointer. Dauda, who now has 1,013 career points, was the only Bentonville player in double figures, but Smith finished with nine and Rylie Hayes scored eight. Caroline Lyles led the Lady Bulldogs with nine points. Sasha Goforth scored seven points and Coriah Beck had six for Fayetteville, which saw its six-game winning streak snapped. "I could not be more proud of my team," Halbmaier said. "Maryam did a great job of cleaning up the middle, but my guards did a great job of getting out on the shooters and contesting shots. I could not be more pleased with these young ladies." BOYS Bentonville 60, Fayetteville 56 The Tigers clinched a 6A-West victory at the free-throw line. Bentonville (15-8, 6-5) outscored the Bulldogs 23-20 in the final quarter. Fayetteville's C.J. Williams drained a three-pointer with 1:00 left to make it a one-point game at 55-54, but the Tigers got three free throws from Sawyer Price, and the Bulldogs (17-8, 8-3) misfired on several perimeter shots late. Price scored 13 points to lead a balanced Bentonville attack. Brayden Freeman finished with 12, and Hayden Shanks scored 11. Williams was the only Fayetteville player in double figures with 10. Tamaury Releford scored nine points -- just two in the second half -- after scoring 24 second-half points in the team's first meeting in January....

2/15/2020

Connor Barnett scored 15 points and Arthur Cox 12 to lead Fayetteville past Van Buren. Van Buren got to within eight points in the third quarter to prompt a Fayetteville timeout. Corey Williams then responded with two 3-pointers as Fayetteville pushed its lead to 60-42 early in the fourth quarter. Tamaury Releford added 10 points for the Bulldogs (16-7, 8-2), who rebounded from a 61-48 loss at Rogers last Friday. Gary Phillips scored 13 and Brayden Gilmore 12 to lead Van Buren....

2/12/2020

One early timeout was all Fayetteville needed to get refocused Tuesday night. Sasha Goforth made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points as Fayetteville rolled to a 63-37 victory over Van Buren in 6A-West action at Bulldog Arena. Caroline Lyles had 12 points while Claudia Bridges and Coriah Beck each added 11 for Fayetteville, which can now turn its attention to Friday's showdown at league-leading Bentonville. Bentonville won the first meeting, 55-53, on Jan. 17 at Bulldog Arena. Fayetteville coach Vic Rimmer called a quick timeout Tuesday after Fayetteville fell behind 5-0 to Van Buren, which began the night in sixth place in the league. Fayetteville came back out of the huddle and dominated play while roaring ahead 33-17 at halftime. The Lady Bulldogs finished with 10 3-pointers. "We had a slow start but Van Buren kind of makes you do that," Fayetteville coach Vic Rimmer said. "They play a zone defense and they're methodical on offense. We had a quick timeout and the kids got focused and started making some shots." Goforth, who had 11 points at halftime, stepped outside for two 3-pointers then went inside where she either scored or drew a foul. Goforth was also active on defense, where Van Buren was mostly reduced to shooting and missing on 3-point attempts. Fayetteville turned the game into a blowout while outscoring Van Buren 19-9 in the third quarter. Claudia Bridges, Loren Lindsey, and Goforth each made 3-pointers when Fayetteville (18-4, 9-1) increased its lead to 52-26 heading into the fourth quarter. Fayetteville reserves took the court early in the fourth quarter, which was played with a running clock because of the sportsmanship rule. "When we shoot the ball well from the perimeter, we're pretty good," Rimmer said. "Goforth got hot early and Claudia Bridges started making some threes. I was pretty please with Caroline Lyles and Coriah Beck on the inside." Elizabeth Rainwater finished with nine points to lead Van Buren. an Buren^11^6^9^11--^37 Fayetteville^19^14^19^11--^63 Van Buren (8-15, 2-8): Rainwater 9, Moss 6, Miller 5, Woodard 5, Kannady 4, Grebe 3, Harrington 3, Mason 2, Fayetteville (18-4, 9-1): Goforth 19, Lyles 12, Bridges 11, Beck 11, Lindsey 6, Kincaid 2, Williams 1, Byars 1....

2/12/2020

Rogers High coach Lamont Frazier acknowledged his team doesn't have a match for 6-foot-6 Tamaury Releford, so he wanted to push the pace Friday night. But the Fayetteville big man along with several teammates struggled with foul trouble and the Mounties' defense held tough late to earn a 61-48 6A-West Conference win in King Arena. Rogers (15-7, 7-2) jumped to a tie for second with the Purple Bulldogs but now owns the tiebreaker with the season sweep. Fayetteville pulled within 50-44 on a lay-in by Releford with 4 minutes, 6 seconds left in the fourth quarter. But the Mounties held the Purple Bulldogs scoreless for more than three minutes and pushed the lead to double digits. By the time Releford, who had a team-high 12, scored again with 51 seconds remaining the hill was too much to climb. The Mounties picked some easy baskets and fouls at times pushing the pace. That was definitely by design, Frazier said. "We're better when we can run up and down the floor," Frazier said. "That's one of those things in the back of your mind. We don't have an equalizer for Releford, and so we have to do the next best thing, and that's get down the floor as fast as we can." Frazier came away from his team's afternoon shoot-around optimistic. "I thought we were focused," Frazier said. "They showed some maturity and pulled it off. "We have to compete every night. We're not blessed with a lot of talent 1-10, so we have to do it as a group. Every last guy that played tonight played their butt off." Elliot Paschal led all scorers with 18 points, while Will Liddell added 13 and Drew Miller 10 for the Mounties. Releford was Fayetteville's only player in double figures. Rogers had struggled the foul line at times this season but made its first 16 before missing and finished 24 of 30. Fayetteville managed just 4 of 11. Rogers took a double-digit lead into halftime thanks to a similar late dry spell by Fayetteville. The Purple Bulldogs were held scoreless for more than three minutes to end the first half, going 0-for-5 from the foul line in that time. The Mounties scored the final six of the half and led 30-20. Fayetteville^12^8^18^10^--^48 Rogers^15^15^15^16^--^61 Fayetteville (15-7, 7-2): Ta. Releford 12, Wayman 8, Gibbs 7, Williams Jr. 6, Glasper 5, Cox 4, I. Releford 4, T. Releford 2, Rogers (18-2, 7-2): Paschal 18, Liddell 13, Miller 10, Garner 8, Hobbs 4, Park 4, Rhame 4....

2/8/2020

The Lady Purple Bulldogs took control with a 25-0 first-half run and cruised to the 6A-West Conference win -- their fifth straight. Camiran Brockhoff hit a 3-pointer to give Rogers (14-9, 4-5) a 5-2 advantage less than two minutes into the game. But the Lady Mounties wouldn't score again until Taylor Treadwell's three-point play with 3:45 left in the first half. The trio of Oregon State signee Sasha Goforth, Memphis signee Coriah Beck and Claudia Bridges combined for 27 of Fayetteville's 36 first-half points. The Lady Purple'Dogs were in charge, 36-10, at intermission. Bridges led the way with 13 for the game, while Caroline Lyles added 11 and Beck 10 for Fayetteville 17-4, 8-1) Brockhoff led Rogers with 8....

2/8/2020

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