Newport Basketball travelled to Heber Springs on Friday, February 2nd. Two of the three teams lost to Heber Springs, but he Lady Greypups pulled out a win to finish their season. The first game of the evening and the only win for Newport ended 31-29. The Jr. Girls were down 4-10 at the end of the first quarter, and down 16-6 at half time. A loss seemed inevitable as the girls remained down 21-15 at the end of third quarter. The girls made a comeback and outscored Heber Springs 16-8 at the end of the fourth quarter and won the game 31-29. “We only allowed them to make one two-point basket in the last quarter, the rest were free throws,” states Atchley. The team did a great job on defense forcing turnovers and a great job on offense knocking some shots down when we needed them the most. “We had a two-point basket by Jakayla, Hilda, and a three point shot from our 7th grader Precious Ross to close the gap to two points. Haley Roddy was fouled and shot two free throws to tie the game. Makiya Watkins hit the game winning two point shot with about 30 seconds left in the game. They had the last possession with around 20 seconds left and we forced a turnover after 10 seconds to help us secure the win. These girls did a great job and I am very proud of them. We definitely did not start out strong but they definitely finished strong.” Lead scorers were Jakayla Dixon with 11 points, followed by with seven points, and Makiya Watkins with six points.
The Lady Hounds suffered a 57- 43 loss in the next game. The Lady Hounds had 19 turn overs in the first half, double the usual number in past games. The offense struggles due to forced passes which resulted in turn overs. The Lady Hounds adjusted for the second half and outscored Heber 26-19. There was too much of a point difference at half time to make a comeback. The Lady Hounds Alicia Neal sprained her ankle during the game and will be out for about a week or so, at the most important part of the season. Lead scorers included Jerikah Balentine with 22 points (1 for 2 from free throw line, shot 75% from 3 point line, shot 60% from mid-range) followed by Keria Worsham with nine points, and Saqueena Morgan with five points.
The last game of the evening was the Sr. High Greyhounds. It was a tough loss for the Greyhounds, 52-58. Lead scorer was Lucky Loftis with 18 points, followed by Tydrell Friar with 10 points, and eight points each by Larry Nicholson and TK Friar. Newport travels to Bald Knob tomorrow night for the last game of the season. Game time is 5 pm.