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Little Rock Central erased a third quarter deficit by hitting 13-of-14 free throw attempts in the final five minutes to secure a 52-38 win over the Southside Lady Mavericks. Central’s Lauryn Pendleton was 8-for-8 from the line and finished with 10 of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter. The Mavericks trailed 20-16 at the half and took a 26-22 lead with 3:18 to play in third quarter. Southside held a 33-31 lead after three quarters. Lillian Jackson scored eight of her 12 points in the final quarter for the Lady Tigers (7-15, 3-10). Shielo Laranjo led the Mavericks (0-25, 0-13) with 11 points. Ari Rice and Essynce Norwood added nine and eight, respectively. Southside will close out the regular season Friday against Northside. Central 74, Southside 57 BOYS — Karter Allen and Corey Camper scored 14 points apiece Tuesday to help Little Rock Central fend off Southside, 74-55. The Mavericks wrap up the regular season Friday against Northside. Mykale Franks had a game-high 22 points in his home finale....

2/26/2020

The Southside Mavericks will celebrate Senior Day on Tuesday when Little Rock Central comes calling. The Mavericks dropped a tough 50-45 decision to Little Rock Catholic on Friday. Mykale Franks had 14 points for the Mavs. Jay Washington and Caiden Laroche finished with seven and six points, respectively....

2/25/2020

The Southside Mavericks took Little Rock Catholic to the wire before falling late, 50-45. Mykale Franks led the Mavericks with 14 points. Jay Washington and Caiden Laroche finished with seven and six points, respectively. Xander Naegle and Dedrick Washington scored five points apiece. Tristan Lane added four. The Mavericks will celebrate Senior Night Tuesday against Little Rock Christian....

2/23/2020

Southside baseball coach Dale Harpenau said Thursday the Mavericks are ready to get on the field. The Mavericks have been relegated to their indoor facility because of all the January and February rain. The Mavericks open the season March 6 against Alma. “For us to just be able to get on a baseball field will be nice,” Harpenau said. “With renovations going on at our facility right now, just to get the field and play will be nice. The monotony of being inside, sometimes it can become a little tough.” The first order of business is to establish the pitching staff. “It’s going to be by committee to a certain degree,” Harpenau said. “I think we’re going to have the ability to throw strikes and compete on the mound. The key to that is we’re going to have to be able to play defense. “We’re going to have to be able to play catch.” Senior Matt Schilling is the most established Game 1 starter, Harpenau said. Schilling will also play shortstop. Senior center fielder Breck Burris and catcher Caleb Emmert headline a small but experienced senior class. “Our whole senior class are guys that have been playing,” Harpenau said. “They’re going to have to show some leadership, and they have. This has been a really good senior group this year.”...

2/13/2020

The Southside Mavericks open the second half of 6A-Central play today against the Conway Wampus Cats. The Mavericks will play four of their next six games at home. Conway (15-5, 4-3) opened 6A-Central play last month with a 79-56 win over the Mavericks (5-16, 0-7). “The first round, we played all the long road trips, and they’re coming to us this time,” Southside coach Stewart Adams said. “Hopefully we’ll get a chance to jump out on somebody sleeping one night. “We’re improving. We’ve worked hard the last week on rebounding; that’s the one thing that stands out.” Adams said the Mavericks are giving up 10 to 12 points a game because of offensive rebounding and he’s also hoping senior Mykale Franks can shake his shooting slump. “You’re seeing teams get to him early; they’re helping early and making sure he gives it up,” Adams said. “He’s struggled the last few games. He’s a jump-shot guy, and sometimes those baskets are hard to come by.” Cabot visits Southside Tuesday....

2/7/2020

Eric Burnett, the Northside Grizzlies’ coach, wanted his team to start strong out of the gate Friday against city rival Southside. The Grizzlies did just that, as they built a double-digit lead early on and proceeded to take care of business against Southside, winning 77-58 Friday night at the Stubblefield Center. “We did (have a good start), and I was a little worried about that, and so we did come out and have a good start,” Burnett said. “I was glad to see us jump out there and play some defense instead of just that ‘matador’ defense where you just kind of let them go to the basket.” Northside (16-5, 6-1 6A-Central) started to build a sizable lead in the early goings of the contest. Senior forward Jaylin Williams completed a three-point play for a 9-2 lead, and then followed that up with a slam for an 11-2 advantage. Moments later, Grizzly senior Garrett Keller fed junior teammate Jacob Joe for a 3-point shot from the right corner. Keller then received a pass of his own near the basket, coming from Williams, and Keller completed the easy finish for a 16-2 Grizzly lead six minutes into affairs. “I thought the game plan was to get Jaylin and Braylin (McKinley, a senior forward) involved early because of their height, and so I thought both of them did a really good job,” Burnett said. “Normally, it’s been Jaylin but Braylin has stepped up and become an offensive guy the last couple of games and that was so exciting to see because the kid works so hard; I’m glad he’s trying to reward himself when he gets out onto the court.” The Grizzlies continued to remain in control in the second quarter. Noah Gordon dunked one home, and Joe followed that up with another 3 as Northside doubled the score, leading 30-15 with more than three minutes left until halftime. The Grizzlies eventually led by 19 at the break, 42-23, when Williams completed a tip-back in the waning seconds. Northside kept contolling things in the second half as the Grizzlies were able to empty their bench and give the reserves ample playing time. They ended the game with another dunk, this one coming from Jordan Wright. Williams led all scorers with 23 points, 16 of which came before halftime. He also finished with 13 rebounds while adding two 3-pointers, two blocks and five assists. Keller was in double figures as well with 11 points. “That guy (Keller) is doing pretty dang good and I’m glad he’s beginning to step up, too, and play,” Burnett said. “What’s so crazy is that when people see him, he can do so much more, he really is. “He’s a phenomenal player and I’m just glad to see that’s beginning to come out.” The Mavericks (5-16, 0-7) got 12 points from Gakell Mitchell, who went 10-of-12 from the free-throw line. Mykale Franks added 11 points as well. Northside remains in second place in the 6A-Central through the first half of conference play, one game back of North Little Rock, which defeated Cabot on Friday. Both Northside and Southside will be off until next Friday, when the second half of 6A-Central play commences. The Grizzlies will travel to Bryant while Southside will be at home to face Conway. Northside 56, Southside 27 GIRLS — Early on, the Mavericks took the fight to the 6A-Central leaders. A pair of 3-pointers from Lauren Redding gave Southside a 6-3 lead. Then the pace picked up between the city rivals. Both teams combined to shoot for seven 3's inside the first few minutes of the opening quarter. There was also not a single foul called in that first quarter as the Lady Bears and Mavericks traded shots. After Northside went in front, Southside closed to within two points, 13-11, on a 3 from Shielo Laranjo. The Lady Bears, though, used a 13-2 run from there to build a 26-13 lead early in the second quarter and methodically extended it the remainder of the night. Northside (18-3, 7-0) took a 35-20 lead at halftime and then started the second half on a 9-0 run, starting with two foul shots and a 3 from Tracey Bershers. Jersey Wolfenbarger darted inside for a finishing shot, and Eriel West delivered a layup in transition as the Lady Bears led 44-20 en route to their 13th straight win. “Give Southside a lot of credit; they shot the ball well,” Northside coach Rickey Smith said. “They played hard and we were proud of our effort also. “We got a chance to work on some different defenses (Friday). ... I thought our kids came out and shared the ball well, it’s just one of those deals where we’re proud to be 7-0, proud of where we’re at. We had a couple of kids banged up, and we’re just trying to get healthy, but I was proud of Southside, I really was; I thought they competed really, really hard.” Bershers finished with 19 points and also hit three 3's, while Wolfenbarger had 15 points. Both Bershers and Wolfenbarger combined to score 25 of the Lady Bears’ 35 first-half points. Ari Rice was the top scorer for Southside (0-19, 0-7) with nine points....

2/1/2020

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