Courier Article by Travis Simpson
HEBER SPRINGS — The Pottsville Apaches defeated the Heber Springs Panthers 59-26 on Tuesday.
“It was great to get back on the court after an eight-day break,” Pottsville head coach Shane Thurman said. “We did a great job of sharing the ball tonight and rebounded well.”
Pottsville led 18-4 after the first quarter and 41-15 at halftime. After the third quarter, they were up 50-18.
“Zach Byrum gave us a huge spark off the bench,” Thurman said.
Byrum scored 15 points, followed by Matthew Moore with 14 points. Kade Mainhart scored 10 points.
Trey Thurman led Pottsville in rebounds with seven points, followed by Mainhart and Elijah Bradley with five.
Bradley led in assists with four, while Mainhart led in steals with three.
The Apaches host Ozark on Friday.
Lady Apaches beat Heber Springs
The Pottsville Lady Apaches defeated the Heber Springs Lady Panthers 49-45 Tuesday inside Panther Arena.
Heber Springs led 11-10 after the first quarter and 19-14 at halftime. The Lady Apaches found their offense in the second half and outscored the Lady Panthers 18-10 in the third quarter and 17-16 in the fourth to get the win.
Pottsville was led in scoring by Abbie Cain and Lindsey Aday 12 points, Rilee Underwood second seven, Shannon Lasey scored six, Julia Reynolds scored five, Kimbra Rhodes scored four and Tori Daniel scored three.
Pottsville JG 34, Heber Springs 31
The Junior Lady Apaches defeated Heber Springs 34-31.
“We struggled tonight,” Pottsville head coach Keri McAlister said. “We were plagued by turnovers and an inconsistent rebounding effort. We really had a hard time finding our rhythm. To their credit, they found a way to win on the road on the first game back after Christmas.”
The Junior Lady Apaches were led by Harmony Garner, Annleigh Pennington and Tawnie Sweeded with eight points each. AbbiGrace Cunningham led the boards with eight. She also contributed six points.
Pottsville JB 54, Heber Springs 35
The Junior Apaches dominated Heber Springs 54-35, but head coach Garrett Hill said his team opened cold.
“We didn’t get off to a good start tonight,” he said. “We just came out really flat and had a bad first quarter. This was our first game since before Christmas break, so that is something you worry about happening as a coach. We were able to make a couple of adjustments at halftime that really helped us play much better in the second half.”
The Junior Apaches were led in scoring by Landon Stanley with 18 points. Nic Ybarra scored 14 points. Landon Daily scored six points.
“The guys did a good job of fixing the things we talked about, so I’m proud of them for that,” Hill said. “We have to be better moving forward and get back into the swing of things.”