WHITE HALL — With 1:47 left in the game, White Hall's Jeremy Sprinkle took out the last week's worth of frustrations on one dunk.
WHITE HALL — With 1:47 left in the game, White Hall’s Jeremy Sprinkle took out the last week’s worth of frustrations on one dunk.
While the dunk may have been a good stress-reliever for Sprinkle and the Bulldogs, it also seemed like the final nail in the coffin for Monticello.
Sprinkle was also fouled on the play and made the free throw to give White Hall a 47-40 lead, and the Bulldogs held on for a 52-47 5A-Southeast Conference victory Tuesday.
The loss comes almost a week after White Hall found out it had to forfeit all of its wins because former player Jalen Wilkins was deemed ineligible for the entire season. Wilkins went to Ridgway Christian School, a non-member of the Arkansas Activities Association, last year and transferred to White Hall. According to AAA rules, a player must sit out a year after transferring from a non-AAA school to a AAA-member school if the latter is outside his home school district. Wilkins’ address is in the Pine Bluff School District, White Hall athletic director Craig Dupuy said Monday.
“We had to forfeit the games before this, so it was big to get back in it,” Sprinkle said. “(Every game) is big for us.”
Sprinkle and D.J. Freeman each had 25 points and Percy Arnold added seven points for White Hall (1-13, 1-5 in 5A-Southeast). Sprinkle said he did not plan on dunking the ball when he got it.
“I just ran a play where I ran the baseline and got open. I got the pass and put it in,” he said. “I was just high enough, (I thought) I might as well just dunk it.”
Sprinkle’s dunk came toward the end of an 11-2 run for White Hall. The Bulldogs took a 48-40 lead, but were down 38-37 early in the fourth quarter after having a 37-33 advantage to begin the final period of play.
White Hall coach Joe Stacey said the team played well down the stretch.
“Monticello pays hard,” he said. “They played hard and play good defense, so we were fortunate to get a lead and hold onto it.”
Monticello (10-8, 2-4) had its chances in the final 1:47, but missed too many key baskets, coach Wayne Sherrer said.
“The most indicative part of the game, we get a breakaway, missed the layup. We get the rebound, missed the layup. We get the foul, missed that,” he said. “That was a microcosm of the whole game.”
Antario Lucas led Monticello with 13 points.