De Queen jr. girls win conference tournament Arkadelphia -- De Queen's junior girls won their district tournament with a 41-21 decision over Magnolia Feb. 20.
"They played great," said De Queen coach Brent Burgess. " It was a team effort. Everybody that went in contributed in some way."
Magnolia had a decided advantage in height. "We wanted to block out and limit them to one shot," Burgess explained. When De Queen got the ball, Burgess said the plan was to push the tempo and get Magnolia out of its comfort zone.
There were some shaky moments early on, but De Queen took the lead for good in the middle of the second quarter. After the first period ended with Magnolia down 7-6 the team in red scored the first four points of the second quarter for a 10-7 lead.
Makyla Jackson tied the score with a 3-pointer from the left corner. The basket started a 12-2 run that took De Queen to the half with a 19-12 advantage.
Three point shots loomed large in the contest. Jackson hit three from beyond the arc. Meagan Martz had two and Sydney Sneed one.
Sneed's trey opened the second half scoring and increased the lead to double figures at 22-12.
After a free throw by Caterra Morphew and baskets by Magnolia's Dakisiya Young and Ellison, Magnolia had the gap back down to seven at 23-16. Miriam Dominguez ran a fast break and passed to Jackson for a lay-up that raised the led to nine. A bucket by Martz put the lead back into double digits. The third quarter ended with De Queen up 27-17.
The fourth period was all De Queen. Jackson hit her third 3-pointer early in the frame. Martz sank her second. Hanna Murry and Sneed scored from short range and Morphew added two more free throws.
To read the complete article, please see the Feb. 27 edition of The De Queen Bee. Feb 26, 2014, 11:48
Leopards fall to visiting Trojans Doug Dunson
Going in – Jessica Rogers scores for the Lady Leopards against Hot Springs.
The De Queen girls lost to league leading Hot Springs 47-32 in a game with some bizarre moments Feb. 21.
The opening quarter ended with the visitors leading 17-9 and tension building on the De Queen side.
De Queen was in a zone defense and had eight fouls by early in the second period. In contrast, Hot Springs played an aggressive man to man defense and used a full court press but had only one foul.
Play was stopped twice in quarter number two. The first came with the foul count at 9-2. Marjle McLelland left the floor for a lay-up, was pushed while airborne and injured a knee in a crash landing. Hot Springs was assessed a foul, but not of the shooting variety.
When play resumed after the De Queen guard was assisted from the floor, the visitors picked up two more fouls in a minute and a half.
With two and a half minutes left before halftime, play was halted once more -- and did not resume for a while.
Midrange – Hannah Wahls puts up a shot from just inside the three point arc.
A loose ball on the Hot Springs end resulted in a pile up on the floor. The whistle had blown and the officials were signaling a tie ball. A Hot Springs player appeared to grab De Queen's Paige Morphew who was on the floor. A tussle ensued; the game was stopped as the official attempted to decide on a course of action.
After a long discussion involving both coaches, Hot Springs was charged with one technical foul and De Queen two. Morphew was disqualified for the remainder of the contest.
The officiating crew sent the coaches back to their respective benches, then had a discussion among themselves, complete with some vigorous finger pointing, before restarting the game.
From that point on, the fouls were more evenly distributed. At halftime the Lady Leopards had 10 personal fouls to six for Hot Springs. In the second half De Queen amassed eight personals to the visitors’ nine.
On the scoreboard Hot Springs led by 26-16 at the half. The gap grew to 37-23 by the end of the third quarter before the final 15 point win.
To read the complete article, please see the Feb. 27 edition of The De Queen Bee. Feb 26, 2014, 11:39
Magnolia High School beat Leopards By Doug Dunson
Magnolia – A fast start gave the De Queen girls enough cushion for a 43-41 win at Magnolia Feb. 18.
The Lady Leopards took a 20-10 lead in the first period then held off the home team the rest of the way. Magnolia had cut the gap down to four points by the half, 30-26. However, the Lady Leopards were up by eight, 39-31, at the end of the third.
Paige Morphew led De Queen's scoring with 15 points. Angela Davis finished with 11. Erin Mitchell had nine points, all from 3-point range. Marjle McLelland added five.
Davis grabbed eight rebounds and Morphew seven. McLelland had three steals.
In the boys game Magnolia started fast and got faster as they downed De Queen 62-20.
The Panthers led 13 at the end of the first period, 37-11 at the half and 52-18 at the end of the third quarter.
Tyler Shelton hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points for the Leopards.
Kobi Whitmore tallied six. Jesse Parker, Jacob Rogers and Tyron Keels each scored two points.
De Queen had 16 fouls and hit four of 11 free throws.
The Panthers were nine of 14 at the line and committed 10 fouls. Feb 26, 2014, 11:37
Spring sports start Thursday Area spring sports start Thursday.
Junior high track teams will converge on Leopard Stadium Thursday afternoon for the annual Cub Relays. Field events will begin at 3:30. The first running event, the 3200 meter relay, is set for 4:45.
On Friday the De Queen baseball team will host Horatio in a benefit game. The starting time is 6 p.m.
De Queen's softball team will visit Ashdown for a benefit game at 1 p.m Saturday.
Both De Queen and Horatio baseball teams will play at home Monday, March 3, for real. The Leopards will host Broken Bow while the Lions welcome Foreman.
The Lady Leopards softball team is set to play at Dierks the same day while Horatio's softball team will host Murfreesboro.
The first big senior high track meet of the season is scheduled for Thursday, March 6, with this years edition of De Queen's long running Leopard Relays.
To read the complete article, please see the Feb. 27 edition of The De Queen Bee. Feb 26, 2014, 11:34
Softball signee – Horatio senior Stephanie McKee (sitting) signs a letter of intent to play softball for Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla. "I went to the college, tried out, and really liked it," said McKee. Present at the signing were, from left: Horatio AD Lance Spigner,HHS softball coach, Nicole Martin, McKee's Razorbabez tournament team coach Melvin Bunch and father Steve McKee. Unable to attend was McKee's pitching coach Kevin Grady, (photo by Amana McAlister)
Feb 7, 2014, 13:59
Leopards, Cardinals split
Leading scorer – Ashley Davis puts in a basket for the Lady Leopards.
Just they did when they met three weeks ago De Queen and Fairview split wins. De Queen again won the girls game and Fairview the boys. Both were more competitive than the first time around.
The Lady Leopards prevailed 49-38 but not without some anxious moments.
De Queen scored the first seven points of the contest, but Fairview managed to tie the game at 8-8 by the end of the opening quarter.
With seven points coming from Taylor Hardiman, the Cardinals outscored De Queen 14-12 in the second quarter to lead 22-20 at the half.
That changed quickly in the third quarter. Thirty seconds were gone when Erin Mitchell scored on a rebound to time the game,
After a Fairview free throw, Ashley Davis hit two at the line to put the home team ahead.
Mitchell and Davis had baskets on consecutive possessions, then Paige Morphew sank two at the line to up the De Queen lead to 30-23.
The lead went into double digits when Davis scored with 1:57 in the period to make the count 37-27.
Morphew hit a pair of free throws to increase the margin to a dozen, but Jalissa Avery made a free throw in the last minute to bring the Cardinals within 39-28 to start the fourth period.
Davis got the first bucket but then Fairview went on a 7-0 run. A 3-pointer by Chancey Ross that trimmed the Lady Leopard lead to 41-35.
Jessica Miller scored with 5:55 left for DHS, but Fairview scored twice to get within 43-38 with 4:04 to play.
Hannah Wahls made a free throw at 3:44.
Davis made a steal then hit two foul shots at 2:40.
Marjle McLelland followed with a steal and a free throw at 2:04.
Two more free throws by Davis upped the margin to 49-38 with 1:11 remaining. From there Fairview could not score and the Lady Leopards did not need to.
McLelland held the ball for the game’s final dozen seconds.
Davis led all scorers with 23 points.
Morphew finished with 11 points. Mitchell added nine, McLelland three, Miller two and Wahls one.
De Queen had 11 fouls and hit 17 of 27 free throw attempts.
To read the complete article, please see the Nov. 7 edition of The De Queen Bee. Feb 7, 2014, 13:56
Cubs grind up Malvern There was no suspense involved when the De Queen juniors dominated both games with visiting Malvern Jan. 20.
Got it and gone – Miriam Rodriguez of De Queen grabs the ball from a Malvern player in junior high action.
In the girls game De Queen took an 8-2 first quarter lead and went on to win 33-8.
The score was 13-2 at halftime and 27-6 at the end of the third period.
Caterra Morphew scored nine points for De Queen. Hanna Murry had seven, Sydney Sneed six (two 3-pointers), Addy Stewart four, Meagan Martz four and Makyla Jackson three.
De Queen hit five of 12 free throws and committed six fouls.
Malvern had 14 infractions and was zero for zero at the foul line.
The boys game was closer but not competitive. The Cubs took this one 40-21.
The first quarter was nearly close with De Queen leading only 10-4 at its end. The second was a different story. An 11-2 Cub scoring advantage gave the home team a 21-6 halftime lead. The third quarter score was 30-14.
All but one – Kaden Tollett passes the ball over 80 percent of the Malvern team as the Cubs run a fast break.
Braxton Watkins scored 16 points to pace the Cubs. Brady Winship tallied a dozen. Lucas Tinajero had six points, Kaden Tollett four and Hunter Earney two.
The Cubs committed 11 fouls and made 10 of 19 free throws.
Goshien led Malvern with 17 points. The visitors hit three of 13 at the line and had 17 fouls. Feb 7, 2014, 13:51