By Jay Bunyard
The Acorn senior teams advanced to the finals of the Nashville Banker’s Classic with impressive semi-final wins Wednesday night, Dec. 14. The Acorn girls outlasted previously undefeated Arkadelphia 67-64 in double overtime, while the Tigers tamed the De Queen Leopards 68-55.
The Lady Tigers improved to 16 and 1 on the season with the 67-64 win. The game was tied at 55 at the end of regulation. The game remained tied at 61 at the end of the first overtime period.
Acorn outscored Arkadelphia 6-3 in the second overtime to pull out the 3-point victory.
The Acorn boys outscored De Queen 23-8 in the second quarter to take over the contest as the Tigers rolled to the 68-55 victory.
Braylan Bohlman led the Tigers with 26 points. Westen McEntire added 12 points.
With the win, the Acorn boys improved to 11 and 5 on the year.
The Acorn teams returned to Nashville for the Banker’s Classic championship contests Saturday night, claiming the championships. The Tigers defeated Smackover 43-35, while the Lady Tigers turned back De Queen 43-38.
The Tigers improved to 12 and 5 on the season with the victory over the Buckaroos of Smackover in the boys’ championship.
Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers improved to 17 and 1 on the year after the victory over the Lady Leopards of De Queen in the girls’ title game.
The Acorn girls shot a blistering 58% from the floor, while holding De Queen to only 28%. The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 15-10 lead after the opening quarter, and never relinquished the lead. Daisy Dollar led Acorn with 14 points. Chanity Hall pitched in 13. Sophie Strasner added 10.