Magazine was the host of the 2A-4 West District junior high tournaments last week which were won by Mountainburg in boys and Danville in girls.

The following is a game by game recap of the tournament field other than the two games involving Magazine teams, which are covered in a separate story.


Game 11 (girls) Danville (2) 43 Hackett (1) 38

Hackett was seemingly in control after opening an 11-point first quarter Saturday night and reestablishing that advantage at the third quarter buzzer beater by Kayla Richardson, 36-25.

Less than a minute into the final quarter Danville was back within six but Faith Thomas made it 38-30 with 4:02 to go in favor of Hackett.

Hackett would not score again as Danville ran off 13 straight, going in front, 39-38 on a 3 by Johna Byrum.

Byrum had eight fourth quarter points to finish with 10 for the Lady Little Johns. Lydia Stanley had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way for Danville and Jalyn Tolbert had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Richardson led Hackett with 14 points and Rain Vaughn added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Game 12 (boys) Mountainburg (1) 33 Hackett (3) 30

Sean Irvan scored eight fourth quarter points to lead the Dragons past Hackett in the finale Saturday night.

Irvan did not score in the first half and had just a 3 pointer in the third quarter that had given the Dragons a 21-15 lead which Hackett erased by the end of the third quarter.

Irvan hit a free throw to give Mountainburg the lead. His basket 30 seconds later made it 24-21 but it was his 3 after Avery Hester got Hackett within 26-25 that gave the Dragons a two possession lead with 2:40 to play.

Hackett got as close as 32-30 on a 3 by Fischer Shipman with 40 seconds to go but no closer.

Ethan Gregory scored 18 points to lead the Dragons. Hester had 11 and Jesse Esparza 10 for Hackett.


Game 7 (girls) Hackett (1) 44 JC Westside (4) 24

Kayla Richardson scored 10 second quarter points to lead her team to a 20-13 lead and Hackett continued to pull away in the second half of the semifinal game Thursday.

Richardson had 16 in the first half and finished with 20 for the Lady Hornets.

JC Westside had scored seven of its points at the free throw line in the first half but was 0-of-5 at the line in the final quarter while Hackett pushed its lead. Graci Domerese led the Lady Rebels with seven points.

Game 8 (boys) Mountainburg (1) 32 Lavaca (4) 26

Lavaca held the Dragons scoreless in the first quarter but Mountainburg limited Lavaca to just one second quarter point and led 10-5.

Scoreless in the first half Sean Irvan scored 14 second half points for the Dragons and Ethan Gregory completed a 10 point game as well.

Lavaca had only 10 points through three quarters but made a late charge to make it interesting, helped by the Dragons missing the front end of three one-and-one chances.

Luke Watson led the Arrows with eight points.

Game 9 (girls) Danville (2) 34 Mountainburg (3) 31

The Lady Little Johns finished the game with a 12-0 run to erase a fourth quarter 31-22 Lady Dragon lead.

Mountainburg outscored Danville 11-1 in the first quarter and led 23-16 at the half, but scored just eight second half points.

Jayln Tolbert led Danville with 14 points. Annie Beasley had 10 for Mountainburg.

Game 10 (boys) Hackett (3) 39 Eureka Springs (2) 26

Hackett became the first lower seeded team to win a game in the tournament by dominating the Highlanders from start to finish in the final game Thursday.

The Hornets had a 15-5 lead after one quarter and still led 24-18 at the half before holding the Highlanders to just eight second half points.

Avery Hester scored 15 points to lead Hackett to the finals. Matthew Lester, who scored six of the Highlanders’ second half points, finished with 15 as well.


Game 5 (girls) Mountainburg (3) 44 Lavaca (6) 43

Mountainburg led 19-12 and trailed 29-19 before scoring 20 fourth quarter points Wednesday to survive Lavaca, 44-43.

Annie Beasley scored eight fourth quarter points and finished with 17 for the Lady Dragons. Maggie Burrough matched Beasley with three 3s and finished with 15.

Anna Todaro had four 3s and 14 points for Lavaca, but it was Riley Green leading the way for the Lady Arrows with 16.

Game 6 (boys) Hackett (3) 52 JC Westside (6) 43

The story in the late game Wednesday was Avery Hester who scored 32 points for the Hornets. After scoring six points in each of the first three quarters, Hester poured in 15 in the final quarter, including hitting nine of 10 free throws.

Hackett led 32-31 when the final quarter began.

James Linton scored 14 points to co-lead Westside, but only three points after halftime. Austin Bartlett also scored 14.


Game 1 (girls) Lavaca (6) 29 Eureka Springs (7) 19

Lavaca held Eureka Springs to one first half point and led 16-1 and although Olivia Cross hit four third quarter 3s for the Lady Highlanders. Those 12 points led Eureka Springs.

Lavaca was able to win the tournament opener Monday, 29-19 as Kenzie Brown had 14 points, including six in the second half.

Game 2 (boys) JC Westside (6) 44 Danville (7) 38

After trailing 25-14 at the half Danville led 31-29 going to the final quarter Monday but the Rebels dominated the final quarter.

Tarrel Macon of Danville led all players with 20 points, 14 in the second half but also drew a technical foul late in the third quarter after the Little Johns had taken a four point lead.

Austin Bartlett scored 16 and James Linton 12 for Westside.