SILOAM SPRINGS -- Alma watch its big lead vanish in the fourth quarter, but the Airedales were money at the free-throw line to finish off a 71-67 victory over Siloam Springs.
The Airedales led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter, but that lead was trimmed to 69-67 with 6.2 seconds left after Murphy Perkins completed a three-point play for the Panthers.
The Panthers went for the steal on the inbound, but Alma's D.J. George was fouled and he hit two free throws with 5.7 left to set the final score.
The Airedales (11-1, 2-0 5A-West Conference) went 12 of 15 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
"We took advantage of some opportunities and made shots," said Alma coach Stan Flenor. "Obviously in the third quarter we were playing pretty well. All of us have been to Siloam before and we know what they're capable of. When you can penetrate and get to the dish and make threes, you can make it up in a hurry. It's one of the things we talked about at halftime. They're going to make a run, and they're going to make a big run. You get caught up in a little bit of that. Give them a lot of credit. They made shots and made plays.
"Our guys, We got the stops when we needed to. We got some key rebounds. We executed in the press. We made some open shots. We go on the road and we got a road victory and that's what we're excited about."
Alma led 15-7 after the first quarter and 39-25 at halftime. The Airedales opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 21-point lead, their largest of the game.
Siloam Springs (6-7, 1-1) cut the deficit to 56-44 going into the fourth quarter. Evan Sauer knocked down a 3-pointer to open the fourth for the Panthers to cut the lead to 56-47, but Alma's Cejay Mann answered with a trey for a 59-47 lead.
Murphy Perkins and Sauer hit 3-pointers and a layup by Drew Vachon cut the lead to 64-40 with 1:12 left.
Alma's Taelon Peter, Tanner Shelton, Mann and George combined to hit 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to keep Alma in front.
"The overwhelming positive is that our kids really competed hard for 32 minutes," said Siloam Springs coach Tim Stewart. "I told them afterwards, yes we didn't shoot good. Yes, it wasn't our best rebounding performance. Yes, we could have caved in and lost by 40 or lost by 30. We're super proud of our kids really fighting down the stretch. A couple of plays here and there and you never know what happens. We're proud of how our guys competed."
Shelton led Alma with 22 points, while Mann had 14, Peter 13 and George 10.
Vachon had a season-high 21 points for Siloam Springs, while Perkins had 19 and Sauer 14.
Alma 71, Siloam Springs 67
Alma 15 24 17 15 -- 71
Siloam Springs 7 18 19 23 -- 67
Alma (11-1, 2-0): Shelton 22, Mann 14, T. Peter 13, George 10, White 5, Winfrey 4, Whalen 3.
Siloam Springs (6-7, 1-1): Vachon 21, Perkins 19, Sauer 14, Wright 5, Wakefield 5, Stewart 3.
Girls: Siloam Springs 56, Alma 45
Siloam Springs never trailed in its win over Alma on Tuesday as the Lady Panthers improved to 2-0 in conference play.
"We are showing improvement, and I think that's huge," said Siloam Springs coach Tim Rippy. "Right now we're starting to gain a little bit of confidence. It was nice to lead one all the way through. That's one of the few games that's happened this year, where we had to withstand a little bit of a run, but we didn't show panic."
The Lady Panthers (5-10, 2-0) closed the first quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 14-5 lead.
Alma (6-6, 0-2) cut the lead to five, but shortly afterward Siloam Springs was back up 27-14 after a basket inside by Jael Harried. The Lady Panthers led 29-19 at halftime.
Alma cut it back to five early in the third quarter, 31-26, but Siloam Springs again responded with a 9-0 run to take a 40-26 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Chloe Price started the surge with a 3-pointer on the wing and then followed with two free throws. Price's basket made it 38-26 and Brooklyn Shreve hit two free throws for the 40-26 lead.
Emery Brown scored inside for a 42-26 lead to open the fourth quarter and the Lady Panthers pulled ahead by as many as 20 points.
"Siloam played well," Alma coach Codey Mann said. "They made some shots that they hadn't made on film that we watched. We were a step slow to loose balls. Offensive rebounds hurt us. Then when we did get steals that led to transition, we missed layups. You can't miss layups."
Price finished with 18 points to lead Siloam Springs while Jadyn Still had 11. Ariel Towns-Robinson led Alma with 13 points, while Cassidy Cooper had 10.
Siloam Springs 56, Alma 45
Alma 5 14 7 19 -- 45
Siloam Springs 14 15 11 16 -- 56
Alma (6-6, 0-2): Towns-Robinson 13, Cooper 10, Kelley 9, Mata 7, Duncan 3, Higgins 3.
Siloam Springs (5-10, 2-0): Price 18, Still 11, Brown 8, Shreve 7, Harried 6, Moorman 4, Winesburg 2.
Preps Sports on 01/10/2019
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