PREP BASKETBALL: Subiaco Academy enjoys big turnaround from last year

Subiaco Academy basketball coach Tim Tencleve has enjoyed the ebbs and flows of coaching for nearly 4 ½ decades.

Once in a while, a team starts to figure out the upcoming season before the end of the previous school year. That's what happened last spring when the Trojans rolled up their sleeves to get ready for the 2023-24 season.

So far, so good.

"The kids tied for sixth (4A-4 last season), and then last spring they went to work," Tencleve said.

With one regular season game remaining, the Trojans already have 14 more wins than they had in 2023-24.

Last season, Subiaco finished 10-16 overall and 7-9 in the league. This season, having split with Morrilton, the Trojans were 24-1 and 14-1 heading into the team's finale with Mena.

Thanks to Subiaco's 13-point win over Morrilton (62-49) last month, the Trojans will be the No. 1 seed at next week's district tournament. Morrilton handed the Trojans their lone loss in December.

"We beat Morrilton by more points, so we're the one," Tencleve said. "They beat us in the last game before Christmas. The kids hadn't been home since August; they were ready to be out of here. We got beat six, but they (Morrilton) are dang good."

The Trojans have dealt with sickness of late, Tencleve said. Standout Barrett Newton missed Tuesday's game with Clarksville.

Newton, Tayshaun Wallace and Eli Roker have had big seasons, Tencleve said.

Junior Nikdai Saunders has come on strong of late.

Booneville boys

The Booneville Bearcats late-season charge had them in position to finish anywhere from first to fourth in the 3A-4 conference standings.

The Bearcats routed Danville this week, 58-32, to improve to 14-6 overall and 9-3 in league play.

Noah Harrel scored a game-high 18 points to power the Bearcats to an easy win over Danville (9-18, 3-10).

Dax Goff finished with 12 points against the Little John's, and Colton Fisher and Cody Sum had nine points each.

Lavaca boys

It's not how you start but how you finish.

Andrew Johnson had 19 points in Lavaca's 46-44 win over Hector this week that moved the Golden Arrows a step closer to clinching the conference title for the eighth straight season.

Coach Renner Reed's club edged Mountainburg last week, 61-59, thanks to Johnson's 18-point effort. Hudson Noel had 14 points.

The Golden Arrows (18-8, 9-2) have to beat Magazine in the season finale to clinch first place.

Hackett boys

What a difference a year makes.

Last season, Hackett couldn't seem to win the close games. This season, they can't seem to lose.

Eli Slavens poured in 28 points in this week's 70-32 win over Cedarville, giving the Hornets 20 victories. Hackett (20-5, 10-3) went into the regular season finale with Charleston with a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed going into next week's District 3A-4 tournament.

Hayden Foster and Toby Holland added 14 and 11 points, respectively. Dawsyn Clay had 10 points for the Hornets.

Hackett finished 11-15 in 2022-23, losing six games by five points or less.

Lamar boys

Lane Miller's monster 32-point effort helped Lamar avenge an earlier loss to Mayflower last week, helping the Warriors earn the No. 2 seed going in this week's District 3A-5 tournament.

Miller added four rebounds and two assists in the Warriors' 51-38 blowout of Mayflower. Lamar lost at Mayflower earlier this season 65-61.

Lamar's Ben Noonan recorded his 19th double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds for the winners (17-8, 11-3).

Mountainburg girls

Heading into the team's regular-season finale, Mountainburg coach Paige Jones and Co. already had 21 wins under their belts.

Freshman Elliot Owen had 19 points, 6 steals, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists in the Lady Dragons' 60-30 blowout of Union Christian. Junior Alisha Linder added 15 points, four rebounds, and two steals.

Bryley Thomas and Kyla Blair had eight points each, and Kaitlyn Beauford added four points, seven rebounds, and two assists.

County Line

The County Line Indians may be starting to click at just the right time.

The defending 1A state champs improved to 23-11 overall and 10-3 in the 1A-4-West with a 69-48 victory over the Mulberry Yellowjackets.

C.J. Beavers and Nate Johnston led the winners with 14 points apiece. Parker Winiecki finished with 13 for the Indians.

Sophomore Jaxson Keeling led Mulberry with a game-high 21 points.

Paris

The Paris Lady Eagles dropped a tough 57-53 decision to Hackett in 3A-4 play this week.

Annabelle Perry led Paris 10-17, 5-7) with 25 points.

MaKaili Carter added 11 points for the Lady Eagles. Kaydence Freeman and Abby Yarnell finished with five points each, and Lauren Reames Baumgartner added three points apiece.

Paris had two remaining conference games with Cedarville and Booneville.

Cedarville boys

The Cedarville Pirates wobbled into the District 3A-4 tournament with a pair of tough losses to Charleston (65-37) and Hackett (70-32).

Ty Barbour had 14 points in the team's loss to top-seed Charleston. Colton Arnold added nine points.

Barbour added 10 points in the team's loss to Hackett.

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