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Batesville Pioneers faced a slate of games at Brookland Friday night

It was a slate of 4A-3 conference games on Friday for the Batesville Pioneers at Brookland on Friday night.

The Junior Lady Pioneers defeated the Junior Lady Bearcats 28-27 with Abby Hurley scoring 12 points and Kayla Ward scoring nine points with six rebounds.

The Junior Pioneers did not fare so well and fell to the Junior Bearcats by a final of 61-40.

Kaden Griffin led in scoring with 23 points.

In Senior Girls’ action, the lady Pioneers remain undefeated in the conference with a 70-52 win over the Lady Bearcats.

Brookland ran with the Lady Pioneers for about two and a half quarters, but could not keep up through the end of the game with the hot shooting from Batesville.

Three Lady pioneers were in double digits led by Junior Riley Freeman who had 21 points.

Freeman scored on five, three-pointers and three field goals to front the way in the win.

Junior Izzy Higginbottom scored 19 points and had six rebounds with four assists and four steals.

Junior Kaylee Clark put in 17 points and Sophomore Taylor Rush picked up eight points with six rebounds and five steals.

The Lady Pioneers are now 18-1 overall and are now the sole leaders of the 4A-3 conference being undefeated in seven games.

The Senior Boys game was a nail biter as Brookland lit up the threes with a total of 12 as a team, but it was not enough to overcome the grit of a Batesville Pioneer team that needed and wanted a win.

The pioneers edged out the Bearcats by a final of 47-45 for their second conference win of the season.

The pioneers trailed most of the game but gained some traction when the Bearcats went cold in the third period and outscored Brookland 11-3.

“A pioneer never quits is the Batesville motto and the boys really emulated that the entire game. They never gave up and they believed the could win,” said Coach Cad LaRose in the postgame interview.

Junior J.P. Morgan poured in 18 points with eight rebounds with two assists and a steal.

Senior Caleb Anderson ended the game with 13 points. Junior Austin Scott had seven rebounds and blocked shot to go along with Senior Caleb Blakely’s two rebounds, three assists, and a steal.

The pioneers improve to 13-6 overall and 2-5 in conference play.

Batesville will have four-game homestand this week as they take on the Pocahontas Redskins and the Westside Warriors.

The girls play on Monday and Thursday with the boys playing on Tuesday and Friday in Pioneer Gymnasium.

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