Arkansas Baptist Earns Season Sweep in 67-64 Nailbiter over Northwest
By Kevin Maloney | Nov. 30, 2010
SENATOBIA — In a back-and-forth matchup that featured 23 lead changes and a dozen ties, Arkansas Baptist’s Jalisa Montgomery rattled in two of her five points with 1:40 left in regulation that broke a 62-62 tie and eventually sent the visiting Lady Buffs to a 67-64 win at Howard Coliseum Tuesday night.
With the win, Arkansas Baptist snapped a two-game losing streak and earned the season sweep in improving to 7-3 overall. Northwest had a two-game win streak snapped in defeat, falling to 3-5.
Despite out-rebounding a sixth consecutive opponent, owning a 45-40 edge, Northwest lost a third game by four points or less and a second to the Lady Buffs in as many weeks.
Neither team led by more than five on the night, with Northwest taking a 35-34 lead into the half thanks to a pair of Lanita Futrell (Coldwater, Miss./Coldwater HS) free throws.
In the end, it was Arkansas Baptist who forced a season-high 28 Lady Ranger turnovers and outscored their bench 33-12, getting a game-high 14 points and five steals from Caitlin Williams on 5-of-11 aim.
The Lady Rangers’ last lead was 56-55 with 5:57 left in regulation.
Erica Turner (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind HS) scored a team-high 13 points and added eight boards and four blocks for Northwest, while Brittany Patton (Sardis, Miss./North Panola), Sandricka Bowen (Ashland, Miss./Ashland HS) and Futrell chipped in 11 apiece out of the starting lineup. Malaya Leggs and Williams had 14 points apiece for Arkansas Baptist.
Northwest will look to get back in the win column on Thursday, traveling to Booneville for its MACJC opener against Northeast at 5 p.m.
Rangers Roll to Fourth Consecutive Double Digit Home Win, 84-73
By Kevin Maloney | Nov. 30, 2010
SENATOBIA — Sophomore Reggie Fondren (Memphis, Tenn./Raleigh-Egypt) scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the first half and Northwest led from start to finish, rolling to an 84-73 home win over Arkansas Baptist Tuesday night for its fourth consecutive home win to open the 2010-11 campaign.
Riding a season-long three-game win streak — all by double figures — the Rangers improved to 5-3 on the year (4-0 at home) and avenged an 87-84 overtime loss two weeks ago in Little Rock. The Buffaloes dropped to 3-7 on the year.
Kendrick Moore’s (Horn Lake, Miss./Horn Lake) opening 3-pointer of the game set the tempo for the Rangers’ second-best shooting performance of the year, darting out to a commanding 21-5 lead just 6:44 into the first.
Arkansas Baptist settled in, however, and made a game of it late in the first half. Trailing by 16, the Buffaloes responded with a 16-5 run of their own to make it a 26-21 game before the Rangers closed the half with eight unanswered to lead 40-31.
Chris Davis’ second free throw at the 13-minute mark in the second pulled the Buffaloes within three, 47-44, but another big Northwest run fueled by Akeem Anderson and Fondren put the game out of reach.
Northwest finished the night 44 percent (7-of-16) from downtown and 45 percent overall from the floor, compared to 37 percent shooting from Arkansas Baptist.
Behind Fondren’s 23, A.J. Cunningham (Cordova, Tenn./Cordova HS) was the only other Ranger in double figures with 12 points, rebounding from a scary foul in the game’s opening minute. Darius Woods (Walls, Miss./Horn Lake HS) also added nine and Josh Rodgers (Byhalia, Miss./Byhalia HS) and Antonio Jones (Batesville, Miss./South Panola) chipped in eight apiece to lead 33 bench points on the evening.
Davis had 22 points and Chase Norwood had 19 to lead the Buffaloes in defeat.
Northwest will open league play on Thursday at Northeast, with tipoff set for 7 p.m.