By: Matt Sharp
It was mixed results for the Mountain Home high-school basketball teams as they split their 7A/6A-East opener at Marion. Matt Sharp has the details.
The evening began with the Lady Bombers edging out the Lady Patriots 46-44. The game was kept close throughout the opening quarter as it ended with Mountain Home up by a point. The Lady Bombers started pulling away in the next period as they went into the halftime locker room with a 25-16 advantage. Mountain Home's lead was double digits in the third quarter before Marion began closing in. The Lady Patriots eventually cut the deficit back to one in the final period, but the Lady Bombers were able to hold off Marion after Briana Leonard hit a clutch three and later found Kaytlin Jones cutting to the lane for a lay-up. Mountain Home went on to post the two-point victory.
Katie Kapler led the Lady Bombers with 18 points, and Taylor Williams added 14. For the Lady Patriots, Jatoria Fair scored 14 points, and Raven Morrow chipped in 11.
Mountain Home improves to 11-3 on the season and 1-0 in the 7A/6A-East. Marion falls to 6-8 and 0-1.
It was a different result in the boys' contest as the Bombers fell to the Patriots 54-45. Mountain Home got off to a furious start, and they ended the first quarter with an 11-point lead after Michael Wehmeyer banked in a buzzer beater from behind the halfcourt line. Marion began to pick up the tempo in the second period as the two teams actually exchanged several leads. The Bombers were up by one at the break. The lead was exchanged a few more times in the third quarter, but the Patriots would never relinquish the advantage in the final period as they won by nine.
Mountain Home was led by Buck Gilbert with 11 points, and Sky-lar Culver scored ten. For Marion, Darian Barnes finished with 16 points, Dereon Thomas had 15, and Dequarius Brigham added 14.
The Bombers drop to 5-8 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The Patriots are now 11-5 and 1-0.
Mountain Home returns to the Hangar on Tuesday as the take on Searcy.
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