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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Austin Conner (35) of Bentonville West and Cole Bishop of Springdale Har-Ber reach for a rebound Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Wildcat Arena in Springdale.

SPRINGDALE -- Springdale Har-Ber didn't let the disappointment of a road loss at rival Springdale follow with another loss at home.

Lawson Jenkins scored 18 points to lead the Wildcats to a 53-48 victory Tuesday in 6A-West Conference action at Wildcat Arena. Har-Ber needed the home-court victory, especially following a 39-36 defeat last week at Springdale High.

"I feel like we've been through a fight, about a 15-rounder," Har-Ber coach Scott Bowlin said. "I knew we'd come off flat because of [last] Friday after playing Springdale. But this is the type of game you've got to win."

Jenkins led Har-Ber (6-8, 2-2) in scoring again but the Wildcats needed other players to emerge with the 6-foot-5 junior in foul trouble. Nick Buchanan took over during stretches in the second half and finished with 13 points. Cole Bishop provided two 3-pointers and Brennon Gibson made six consecutive free throws during the back-and-forth game.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Nick Buchanan of Springdale Har-Ber shoots during the game against Bentonville West Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Wildcat Arena in Springdale.

"Nick played well," Bowlin said. "Brennon hit some big free throws and I thought Cole Bishop hit a couple of big threes."

Har-Ber led 24-21 at halftime with Jenkins and Buchanan combining for 18 points. But Dillon Bailey used his quick hands on defense and his ability to finish drives to the basket to put West ahead 32-26 in the third quarter.

Jenkins picked up his fourth foul early in the fourth quarter. But he and Gibson combined to make four consecutive free throws to put Har-Ber ahead 51-46 with about one minute to play.

Dawson Bailey scored 18 and Dillon Bailey 14 for the Wolverines (6-11, 0-4), who remain winless in conference play.

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Bentonville West (6-11, 0-4): Bailey 18, Di. Bailey 14, Conner 6, Higson 5, White 3, Swaboda 2.

Springdale Har-Ber (6-8, 2-2): Jenkins 18, Buchanan 13, Bishop 6, McRae 2, Gibson 6, Beckleman 3.

Fayetteville 56, Bentonville High 44

Fayetteville put together a 14-1 run in the first half to pull away from Bentonville, and the Bulldogs prevailed in a game of 6A-West co-leaders in Tiger Arena.

Fayetteville (13-3, 4-0) closed out the first quarter with nine straight points, including a 3-pointer by Bryson Wright with 2 seconds remaining, and owned a 20-10 lead. The Purple'Dogs then followed a Michael Shanks free throw with six straight points and extended their lead to 25-11 after Colin Cooper's bucket with 4:19 before halftime.

Fayetteville led by as much 36-17 on Tamaury Releford's bucket in the opening minute of the third quarter. Bentonville (13-4, 3-1) pulled within 49-40 after a Shanks bucket with 55 seconds left in the third quarter, but Isaiah Releford's bucket before the buzzer put the Bulldogs' lead in double figures for good.

"I think the tempo was the key in the first half," Fayetteville coach Kyle Adams said. "I did a poor job subbing and should have got more kids in to get us rested. I think Collin and Isaiah got a little tired in the second half.

"You come in here and play a great team like Bentonville and have a chance to win -- not just win but win by 10 -- we'll take that any time."

Tamaury Releford had 13 of his 15 points in the third quarter to lead Fayetteville while Cooper and Isaiah Releford added 11 apiece. Shanks had 14 and Brayden Freeman 12 for Bentonville, which had a six-game win streak snapped.

Fayetteville's win coupled with Rogers' win over Springdale gave the Purple Bulldogs sole possession of first place in the league.

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Fayetteville (13-3, 4-0): T. Releford 15, Cooper 11, I. Releford 11, Garrett 7, Bowers 6, Wright 5, A. Releford 1.

Bentonville (13-4, 3-1): Shanks 14, Freeman 12, Deffenbaugh 8, Price 5, Smith 3, Pankau 2.

Rogers Heritage 51, Van Buren 48 (OT)

Ethan Carpenter scored six of his 10 points in overtime Tuesday night, pacing the Rogers Heritage boys' basketball team (6-10, 1-3) to their first 6A-West Conference win of the season.

Carpenter's final points of the night came on two made free throws with 26 seconds remaining in the extra period to increase the War Eagles' lead to 49-43.

"You know, that first one is the hardest one to get," Heritage coach Tom Olsen said after the final buzzer. "And really hard on the road.

"I'm really proud of our guys tonight, and I'm really proud of Ethan Carpenter in overtime. Outstanding, and really came up big for us."

Junior guard Logan Clines led the War Eagles with 18 points, including nine in the first half. Heritage held a slight 20-18 advantage at the intermission. Jason Kimball added 11 for the visitors, including three triples from behind the arc.

Brayden Gilmore poured in a game-high 23 points for Van Buren, including a put-back dunk early in the second quarter. Logan Brother drained four 3-pointers for the Pointers to tally his 12 points.

Heritage will host Bentonville West on Friday, while Van Buren travels to Springdale Har-Ber.

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Heritage (6-10, 1-3): Clines 18, Kimball 11, Carpenter 10, Ingram 7, Furuseth 4

Van Buren (4-12, 0-4): Gilmore 23, Brothers 12, Phillips 7, Moore 4, Ball 2.

Rogers High 58, Springdale 48

The Mounties scored the final eight points of the first half and never trailed the rest of the way.

Drew Miller scored all eight points in the Mounties' 8-0 run, which snapped a 21-21 tie. Miller's 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 34 seconds left in the third quarter gave his team a 24-21 lead it would not relinquish.

Springdale (9-6, 3-1) put together a charge late when Rogers misfired from the free throw line late, cutting a 14-point deficit to as few as six.

But senior Will Voigt hit four straight free throws in the waning seconds to put the game away.

Rogers coach Lamont Frazier likes the progress his young team is making. The Mounties' 13 wins is the most since the 2011-12 season when they finished 18-9.

"Our younger guys are continuing to improve," Frazier said. "I thought early on when they made the surge, our runs came with some of our youngest guys on the floor. That says a lot about them and the fact they're mature enough to handle these situations."

Elliot Paschal led all scorers with 21 points, while Miller added 11 for Rogers. Jajuan Boyd led Springdale with 15, while Tavari Eckwood added 12 and John Paul Hignite 10.

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Springdale (9-6, 3-1): Boyd 15, Eckwood 12, Hignite 10, Mason 9, Henry 2.

Rogers (13-3, 3-1): Paschal 21, Miller 11, Uecker 7, Park 4, Voigt 4, Hobbs, 4, Rhame 4, Garner 3.

Sports on 01/16/2019

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