West Memphis girls use big run in win

BENTON -- Valley Springs started quick, but West Memphis answered even quicker Friday afternoon.

A 15-3 first-quarter run from the Lady Blue Devils cleared a path to their 65-42 victory during the second day of the Benton Classic at Panther Arena.

Aniya Price had 18 points, including four three-pointers, 5 rebounds and 2 steals for West Memphis (5-3), which was stunned during the early stages of the opening period. Valley Springs hit three three-pointers over the first 3 minutes of the quarter and led 9-2 before a 21-footer from Alayiah Price began the Lady Blue Devils' game-changing 12-point swing.

West Memphis, which dominated the glass in running past Episcopal Collegiate 51-22 in its game Thursday, did the same things against Valley Springs. The Lady Blue Devils outrebounded the Lady Tigers (7-5) 43-19, with many of those leading to second-chance points. Tyra Taylor, who had 12 points for West Memphis, also had 16 rebounds.

Alayiah Price finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals as well for the Lady Blue Devils, who led 33-19 at halftime and used an 18-4 spurt in the third quarter to create some distance after the Lady Tigers had gotten within nine points. West Memphis also shot 27 of 72 (37.5%) for the game.

Camie Moore had 12 points and seven rebounds for Valley Springs, which went 14 of 39 (35.9%) from the field. Macy Willis had 12 points while Tayla Trammell ended with 11 points.



Brynn Barbaree had 20 points and 12 rebounds to carry the Lady Panthers (4-3) past the Lady Wildcats.

Ashley Wallace added nine points for Benton, which scored the first 12 points of the game and held Episcopal Collegiate (2-4) without a field goal until Laney Marsh hit a three-pointer with 35 seconds left in the first quarter. Benton led 22-7 at intermission and 32-12 at the end of the third period.

Marsh scored 13 points and Sophie Eble added 10 points for the Lady Wildcats.



A monster second half from Jaxon Conley and an all-around outing from Courtland Muldrew sparked Har-Ber (6-0) in its back-and-forth affair with the host team.

Muldrew had 26 points, 6 assists 5 rebounds and 3 steals while Conley scored 17 of his 20 points over the final two quarters for the Wildcats, who led 35-31 at halftime but found themselves behind late in the third quarter. Benton (6-0) took a 52-51 lead with less than a minute to go in the period on a basket from Harrison Pickett, but Conley drilled a three-pointer just before the buzzer to give Har-Ber the advantage.

Hayden Wood also scored 12 points for Har-Ber.

Terrion Burgess had 19 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks for Benton. Pickett had 17 points, Elem Shelby scored 15 points and A.D. Gray contributed 10 points.



Layne Taylor collected 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in one half of action as the Cardinals (8-1) corralled the Gryphons.

Ethan Kennedy scored 14 points, Mason Simpson gripped 11 points, and Ayden Lester supplied 10 points for the Cardinals, who led 5-3 in the first quarter until a 12-0 run put them firmly in charge. Farmington also hit 11 three-pointers in the game.

Johnathan Hudson scored nine points and James DeLoach had eight points for Southwest (0-5).

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