SPRINGDALE -- When Springdale Har-Ber's Cole Bishop hit a 3-pointer to give his team the lead with less than three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Wildcats coach Scott Bowlin knew that was the turning point for the Wildcats.
Bentonville 19 18 15 15 -- 67
Har-Ber 18 10 23 18 -- 69
Bentonville (14-7, 6-4): Simmons 18, Hutchinson 18, Baggett 12, Shanks 7, Deffebaugh 6, Smith 3, Freeman 3
Har-Ber (19-5, 8-2): T. Garrett 18, Perry 17, Buchanon 13, Bishop 6, A. Garrett 6, Peck 4, Wright 3, Ragsdale 2
Har-Ber (19-5, 8-2), which trailed Bentonville (14-7, 6-4) for a majority of the game, used a second-half surge to battle back and win 69-67 over the Tigers on Friday night.
"We had some adversity at halftime, but we had some guys step up, and they played as a group," Bowlin said. "They cared for the guy beside them."
The Wildcats went into halftime trailing by nine points, but outscored Bentonville 41-30 in the second half, including a big 23-point third quarter that changed the momentum of the game in Har-Ber's favor.
Bishop's three was his second of the fourth quarter, but he was not the only Wildcat to hit a big shot for Har-Ber.
Tyler Garrett found Jack Ragsdale cutting to the basket, but Ragsdale was fouled going up. Bentonville's Asa Hutchinson, who finished the game with 18 points, got called for a technical after the foul, giving Har-Ber four free throws and the ball back with only a couple of minutes remaining.
Tyler Garrett made one of two technical free throws, but Ragsdale sunk both of his free throws to give the Wildcats the lead back.
"Those were the two biggest shots Jack's ever hit," Bowlin said.
Tyler Garrett finished with a team-high 18 points, but his biggest impact was through his leadership, Bowlin said. The senior went five-of-six from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter after hitting three 3-pointers in the third.
"He's one of the best players in the league. He's one of the best players in the state," Bowlin said. "He had a lot of confidence out there."
Tylor Perry scored all 17 of his points in the first half.
Bentonville's Colton Simmons also scored 18, including four 3-pointers that kept his team in the game in the third quarter. Cadarius Baggett added 12.
"That was a team win. That was a huge win for us tonight, not because it was Bentonville but because of how it was done," Bowlin said. "I'm proud of every one of them."
Girls: Bentonville 35, Har-Ber 26
Bentonville (18-5, 7-3) went 10-of-13 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to rally for the win.
Bentonville 2 9 8 16-- 35
Rogers 2 9 7 8 -- 26
Bentonville (18-5, 7-3): Hughes 13, Dauda 8, Hawkins 6, Sanders 2, Palasak 2
Har-Ber (11-12, 4-6): Collins 8, Smith 5, Mains 5, Nelson 5, Shannon 3
In a poor shooting night for Bentonville, Avery Hughes took over the offense, scoring 11 of her game-high 13 points in the second half. The senior went five-of-six from the free-throw line in the fourth to help breathe some life into the Tigers
"To be able to have Avery and Emily (Sanders) to be able to go ahead and close out games the way they do at the free-throw line is a testament to their hard work and their ability to hit those clutch free throws," Bentonville coach Tom Halbmaier said.
Bentonville's Jaren Hernandez came up with one of the biggest plays in the fourth quarter for the Tigers. The senior stole a pass intended for Har-Ber's Savanna Collins and scored a layup with just over two minutes left in the game to give Bentonville a seven-point lead.
"It created some breathing room," Halbmaier said. "This kid works so hard on the baseline, does all the grunt work and stuff like that so she doesn't get all of the highlights, so-to-speak. For her to be able to get that steal and finish it was huge."
Har-Ber's offense got the Wildcats good shots, but they struggled to convert on many of their open opportunities. Savanna Collins lead Har-Ber with eight points and was followed by three Wildcats who each had five points.
Preps Basketball on 02/10/2018
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