SPRINGDALE -- Coriah Beck was close to fouling out Tuesday when she picked up her fourth foul late in the third quarter.
Fayetteville 17 6 16 14 -- 53
Springdale 11 16 8 10 -- 45
Fayetteville (21-3, 13-0): Beck 23, Goforth 14, Franklin 11, Kennedy 3, Unruh 2.
Springdale (17-9, 8-5): Davis 19, Vogel 10, Minchew 7, Gause 6, T. Sysavanh 3.
Fortunately for Fayetteville, she didn't.
Beck took over in the fourth quarter and finished with 23 points to lead Fayetteville to a 53-45 victory over rival Springdale in 7A-West Conference action at the Bulldogs gym. Beck had eight points in the fourth quarter after she returned to the court with six minutes left to play.
"When I put (Beck) back in the game, that's when everything changed," Fayetteville coach Vic Rimmer said. "She had some quick buckets and made a couple of defensive plays. She was definitely a difference-maker for us."
Fayetteville (13-0, 21-3) needs only a victory at home over Van Buren on Friday to finish unbeaten in conference play for the second consecutive season. Fayetteville defeated Van Buren 59-39 in the teams' first meeting on Jan. 26.
Beck picked up her fourth foul with 19.2 seconds left in the third quarter. She returned in the fourth quarter and posted down low to score six quick points. Jasmine Franklin added two baskets before Beck scored again to give Fayetteville a 51-42 lead.
Sasha Goforth added 14 points and Franklin 11 points for Fayetteville, which pounded the ball inside after making all four of its 3-pointers in the first half. Marquesha Davis scored 19 and Sarah Vogel 10 to lead Springdale (17-9, 8-5).
Fayetteville used three 3-pointers by Davis and one from Kennedy Bobbitt to grab a 17-5 lead. But Springdale responded on its home court behind Davis, who had a subpar performance in the loss at Fayetteville earlier this season.
Davis had 13 points in the first half, including three consecutive baskets with a baseline jumper to put Springdale ahead 24-22. Jeniya Gause, Sarah Vogel, and Thaly Sysavanh each hit 3-pointers to contribute to the surge.
Fayetteville was 9 of 17 from the free-throw line while Springdale was 8 of 12.
BOYS: Fayetteville 70, Springdale 66
Senior Carl Fitch scored 27 points in his final home appearance to lead Springdale past rival Fayetteville.
Fayetteville 19 19 14 14 -- 66
Springdale 15 15 17 23 -- 70
Fayetteville (17-8, 10-3): Cooper 25, Morgan 12, Bowers 7, Releford 6, Conley 6, Johnson 6, Schach 3, Gibbs 2.
Springdale (15-11, 6-7): Fitch 27, Boyd 15, Scales 14, Johnson 9, Donahoo 5.
Springdale rallied after trailing Fayetteville 38-30 at halftime. Fitch had a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game in the fourth quarter, then made three of four free throws in the final seconds to secure the victory.
JaJuan Boyd added 15 points and Trentez Scales 14 for Springdale (15-11, 6-7), which outscored Fayetteville 23-14 in the fourth quarter.
"Carl was awesome tonight," Springdale coach Jeremy Price said. "He was pretty lackluster again Van Buren last week and he knows he has to be aggressive for us to win. He was effective on the defensive end and he made a lot of shots on the offensive end."
Colin Cooper scored 25 points for Fayetteville (17-8, 10-3), which had taken over first place in the 7A-West with a victory last week at Springdale Har-Ber.
Cooper and Frank Morgan each had 3-pointers to give Fayetteville a 38-26 lead midway through the second quarter. Keyon Johnson hit three 3-pointers for Springdale before Cooper answered with another 3-pointer to give Fayetteville a 41-32 lead early in the third quarter.
Preps Basketball on 02/21/2018
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