HELENA-WEST HELENA — Everything was going Monticello's way until the fourth quarter.
HELENA-WEST HELENA — Everything was going Monticello’s way until the fourth quarter.
Once ahead by 13 points in a must-win game, the Billies led until the fourth quarter but took Helena-West Helena Central into overtime and came away with 63-56 boys basketball victory Tuesday night in the 5A-Southeast Conference’s de facto fourth-place game.
The win gave Monticello (15-11, 7-7 in 5A-Southeast) the last ticket from the conference to next week’s 5A state tournament at Greene County Tech in Paragould, while Central’s season ended at 10-10 and 6-8. Monticello will play the 5A-East champion at 8:30 p.m. next Tuesday.
“You get a little disappointed when you lose a lead like that,” Monticello coach Wayne Sherrer said. “We decided to put that behind us, and (we) played well in pressure situations.”
The Billies opened overtime with a three-point play and did not look back from there. Torry Butler led them with 18 points, and Devin Jackson followed with 17.
With Watson Chapel’s loss to Little Rock Mills on Tuesday, Monticello actually tied Watson Chapel for third, but the Wildcats held the tiebreaker because of a larger margin of victory in head-to-head competition against the Billies.
White Hall 64,
North Pulaski 53
JACKSONVILLE — The Bulldogs (3-19, 3-11 in 5A-Southeast) finished their season on a positive note behind Jeremy Sprinkle’s 20 points and Nathan Lee’s 13 in the seniors’ last high school game.
Percy Arnold added 12 for White Hall, which tied North Pulaski (4-22, 3-11) for seventh in the conference.
Helena-W.H. Central 28
HELENA-WEST HELENA — The Lady Billies finished 5A-Southeast Conference play undefeated with a 76-28 victory over the Lady Cougars on Tuesday. Monticello will take the No. 1 seed into the 5A state tournament at Greene County Tech, where it will play the fourth-place team in the 5A-East at 1 p.m. next Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Chelsey Rhodes scored 15 points, Erin Campbell 14 and Sadie Lewis 10 to lead the Lady Billies (25-2, 14-0 in 5A-Southeast). Shadashia Baker of Helena-West Helena Central led all scorers with 17 points.
The Lady Cougars finished the season 2-17 and 1-13.
White Hall 58,
North Pulaski 28
JACKSONVILLE — White Hall wrapped up third place in the 5A-Southeast on Friday, so Tuesday’s game was a warm-up for its first-round game in the state tournament.
Patience Walker had 18 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs (15-7, 10-4 in 5A-Southeast). She was followed by Courtney Fisher with eight and Haley Baugh and Lindsey Williams with six apiece.
White Hall led 44-9 at halftime. North Pulaski (1-17, 1-13) scored half of its points in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Bulldogs will play the No. 3 team in the 5A-East at 7 p.m. next Wednesday at Greene County Tech.