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Kersey shines as Wolves take two from Texarkana

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PEARCY -- Lake Hamilton got contributions from everyone in a 51-40 win over visiting Texarkana Tuesday night at Wolf Arena.

Junior guard Lane Kersey paced the Wolves with 14 points, while junior guard Mondo Watkins added 12 points and junior forward Kanaan Williams chipped in with 10 points.

Senior big man Jacob Spradlin took four charges on defense for Lake Hamilton. The Wolves led 12-6 at the end of the first quarter and 27-15 at the half.

Lake Hamilton stretched its lead to 41-23 in the third quarter before Texarkana outscored the Wolves 17-10 in the fourth to set the final margin.

Lake Hamilton improved to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in conference with the win. The Wolves host Mena Dec. 12 before traveling to crosstown rival Lakeside on Dec. 15.

* Watkins led all scorers with 14 points in Lake Hamilton's 58-43 win over host Branson, Mo. in the Battle on the Border championship game on Saturday.

Kersey finished with 12 points and Williams had 11 points.

Girls

After three straight losses in the Battle on the Border, the Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves bounced back with a convincing 56-32 win over Texarkana Tuesday night.

The Lady Wolves erupted for 20 points in the first quarter and held a comfortable 39-15 lead at halftime. Texarkana tightened its defense in the second half, allowing just 17 points, but the deficit proved too much to overcome.

Taylor Wells led all scorers with 14 points for Lake Hamilton, and Grace Tedder finished with 12 points.

The Lady Wolves improved to 4-5 overall and 2-0 in conference with the win. Lake Hamilton resumes conference play Dec. 12 against visiting Mena and travels to Lakeside on Dec. 15.

Junior high

CABOT -- Lake Hamilton's junior high girls' basketball team remained undefeated Monday with a road victory over Cabot North.

Aspen Thornton opened the scoring on a fast break and Hayleigh Wyrick extended the lead with a deep 2-pointer. Wyrick hit a pair of early 3-pointers as Lake Hamilton built an early 12-0 lead. Head coach Maribeth Richards said the Lady Wolves shot well as a team.

"Tia Mullenix played awesome defense on the top of our zone," Richards said. "She got her hands on a lot of balls that caused turnovers for them and resulted in steals for us.

"When we went to man-to-man, Aspen Thornton's on ball defense was really good. She picked several of Cabot's guards."

Lake Hamilton (8-0) led 16-2 after the first quarter and 30-5 at halftime. The mercy rule went into effect during the third quarter, which ended with a score of 39-9.

"We executed offensively really well down the stretch, but, in the beginning, we relied on our transition game to get us going," Richards said.

Thornton and Wyrick led all scorers with 12 points apiece. Mullenix added seven points, Aryn Hughes scored five and Ginny Higginbotham scored four.

Lake Hamilton's junior high teams will host Conway White tonight at Wolf Arena.

Sports on 12/07/2017

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