FOUKE — De Queen’s boys won big, but the girls came up a couple of points short at Fouke on the last night of November.
The Leopards took the lead in the first quarter and soundly beat the Panthers 57-39 in the boys game.
Davin Burgess and Isaiah Williamson each hit a three pointer in the first quarter. Hayden Harp and Weston Harp each had a short range basket. Mack Carver added a free throw to put De Queen up 13-10 at the close of the opening period.
In the second Burgess put in 11 points and Carver six as the Leopards expanded the lead to 36-26 by the half. The gap went to 19 points when the De Queen defense allowed only two points in the third quarter. The visitors started the fourth up 47-28.
Burgess led all scorers with 19 points, including a pair of treys. Will Athey and Weston Harp each finished with nine points. Mack Carver tallied seven. Logan Williamson added five, Gabe Carver three, Isaiah Williamson three and Hayden Harp two.
De Queen had 13 fouls and made five of 11 free throws.
Nick Scroggins scored seven points for the Panthers who had seven fouls and went five of nine from the line.
Injuries finally caught up to the Lady Leopards who lost for the first time. The final was 72-70.
A slow start and the free throw situation did not help. Fouke took a 21-12 first period lead. The home team had 17 fouls to De Queen’s 16, but had 28 foul shots to the visitors’ 15 and a 17-7 scoring advantage from the line.
After falling behind by nine in the first period, the Lady Leopards’ offense came to life in the second. Ashley Dykes scored 11 points. De Queen added 23 in the second but so did Fouke.
Ashlyn Chambers hit three treys in the third, but the Lady Leopards still could not get closer than nine points. The third quarter ended at 59-50.
Chambers hit three more treys and scored 11 points in the fourth. Maddie Martin added two three pointers. Dykes had a two and made De Queen’s only free throw of the period.
Fouke made four of six from the line to hang on.
Chambers sank seven treys and finished the game with 29 points. Dykes had 20 points including a a trio of threes.
Martin scored nine points, all treys. Abby Ponce had seven points and Tatyana Tramble four.
The Lady Leopards committed 16 fouls and converted seven of 15 free throws to Fouke’s 17 fouls and 17 of 28.