The Blevins Hornets secured the 7-2A West District championship Friday night with a 60-42 win over the Mineral Springs Hornets.
The Blevins boys pushed through the tournament with a 67-43 win over the Dierks Outlaws in the semifinals and the 60-42 win over the MS Hornets in the championship game.
Both Hornet teams advanced to the South Regional Tournament, which is being held in Lafayette County this week. The Hempstead County Hornets will play Bearden at 8:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) while the Howard County Hornets will play Thursday at 5:30 against Dermott.
The Mineral Springs Lady Hornets also advanced to regional play and will take on Junction City Thursday at 7:00.
Both Dierks senior teams also finished in the top 4 in district tournament to advance to regional play. The Lady Outlaws will play (Wednesday) at 4:00 against Rison while the Outlaws will play at 5:30 against Strong.
The Lady Foreman Gators won the championship game with a win over the Spring Hill Lady Bears. The Lady Gators will play Wednesday at 7:00 against Foreman. The Lady Bears will play Thursday at 4:00 against Strong.
In the boys’ championship game, the two Hornet teams opened the game with an even first quarter and Blevins holding a slight 19-16 lead over the Mineral Springs. In the second quarter, the MS Hornets’ offense slowed despite the efforts of KeShaun Davis, who hit 17 of his team’s 22 first-half points and Blevins held on to a 31-22 lead at the half.
Mineral Springs came out firing in the second half with Davis putting in 14 points in the third period. But Blevins, behind 3 shooters in double-figures, advanced their lead to 45-40.
Mineral Springs’ offense was all but shut down in the fourth quarter, managing only 2 points while Blevins whipped in 15 more for the 60-42 final.
Blevins scorers included Ivan Gomez and Trevon Reed with 15 points each, Damion Young with 14 and Noah Yingst and Seth Henry Kirkham with 8 points each.
Mineral Springs was led by Davis with 33 points followed by Tre Lacy with 4, Levin Thornton with 3 and Camron Perkins with 2.