Mon December 11, 2023

By Lance Hawley

South Arkansas Shootout; Fouke Girls and Bradley Boys Claim Titles, Nevada Boys 2nd Place
Bradley- The South Arkansas Shootout took place in Bradley this past week, beginning on Monday and finished off Saturday with the two championship games. Monday there were six girls and boys teams in the event, by Saturday night on the girls side was Fouke and Bradley. On the boys side of the tourney, Bradley took on Nevada. 




On Monday, Nevada started the action off as they played against Lafayette Co. Nevada would win a very close game 56-52. Coach Walker said, “The girls played hard and we hit some big shots.” Kadiya Curry and KeAsia Pearson each had 20 points to pace the Lady Jays offense and Jordin Haley added 13 points. Curry and Pearson have both been scoring at will lately and Haley does a great job keeping the pace of the game that the Lady Jays are looking for. With the win, the Lady Jays would go on to face Bradley. 


On Wednesday, the Lady Bears would get the best of the Lady Jays and advance to the championship game. Bradley proved to be a bit much for the Lady Jays, as Nevada could not really get anything going. A very good and impressive Fouke would beat Blevins to advance to the championship game against Bradley. 


The Lady Panthers style of play proved to be too much for the Lady Bears on Saturday night in the championship game, as Fouke would run away with the game late. Fouke had a very good game-plan and the players sub in and out and always have fresh legs on the floor. They shot the ball well and forced a lot of turnovers late in the game to help pull away and claim the Championship in the South Arkansas Shootout. Bradley played a great tourney as well and both teams will look to make deep postseason runs this season. 





Monday night started the guys tournament off, as Blevins and Nevada faced off for the second time this season. Kavion Coleman of Nevada would lead all scorers on Monday night with 23 points. Brycten Harris would have 18 points and 8 rebounds, Keyonte Wingfield had 14 points, 9 boards, and 9 assists, Wingfield had another great week for the Blue Jays. Cardi Adair added 10 points and 5 rebounds. For Blevins, Xavier Bazzelle had 19 points to lead the Hornets offense, with Javier Gomez scoring 11, and Rylee Powell adding 10 points. With the win, Nevada would advance to play Lafayette Co. on Wednesday night. 


Taylor would defeat Foreman on Wednesday to advance to a semifinal match against Bradley, with the winner advancing to the championship.


Nevada and Lafayette Co. had a great matchup on Wednesday night. Kavion Coleman led the way with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the Blue Jays. Cardi Adair had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Brycten Harris added 11 points and 5 assists. Nevada would pull out a close game at the end, winning 62-57. With the win the Blue Jays advanced to the South Arkansas Shootout finals. 


Bradley would take care of Taylor to advance to the finals. 


Saturday night was the third matchup between Bradley and Nevada of this young season. With both teams protecting their homecourts thus far this season. It was an up and down type of game as both teams had leads multiple times throughout the game. In the fourth quarter, buckets were hard to find for the Blue Jays and Bradley hit a couple of big three-pointers to take the lead late and claim the win 56-54. Brycten led the way for the Blue Jays on Saturday night with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Keyonte Wingfield had 10 points, Kavion Coleman had 9 points and 12 rebounds, and Kobe Hughey had 7 points. The Blue Jays are back in action Monday as they travel to Nashville. 


Congratulations to the Fouke Lady Panthers and the Bradley Bears on winning the South Arkansas Shootout. 

Some Photos taken by Jordin Haley