The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 7, 1955 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, March 7, 1955
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER X2WS MONDAY MARCH 7, 1955 Chickasaws Defeat Jonesboro 71-62 Play Center Ridge In State Tourney Tomorrow Night JONESBORO — Blytheville's state tournament-bound Chickasaws wrapped up the District 3A championship at Arkansas State College here Saturday night for the second time since 1933, with a hard-fought, well-earned 71-62 victory over the improved Golden Hurricane of Jonesboro. The win placed the Chickasaws in the upper bracket of the state Class A tournament, which starts tomorrow afternoon in Barton Col- liseum at Little Rock, and sends them against Center Ridge, run- nerup in District 5, in their opening game at 7:30 o'clock tomorrow night, The Chicks may have set an Arkansas High School record for free throw* against Jonesboro Saturday night. ' They won the championship game from the foul line sinking 33 out ot 40 free throw tries for 83.5 per cent. Smooth and Relaxed Playing a smooth, relaxed game, the Chicks looked much better than they had the previous night against Greene County Tech. The pressure of gaining a berth in the state tournament was obviously, off, and the Tribe appeared much less tense. The Chicks were deadly with their free throw opportunities, of which there were many. Jonesboro fouled often, preventing the Chicks from getting many field goal tries. During the first half, the Tribe ten up a string of 18 consecutive free throws without, a miss. Bobby Jones, Fred Hodge and Freddy Alters led the parade from the foul Uric. Jone* didn't miss a single bime ki eight shots. Hodge missed only onoe in 1-2 times and Akers missed only twice in 12 tries. Frne Defense But the victory didn't all come on bhe shooting end. The Chicks tteo played perhaps one of their best defensive games of the year. Coach Jimmy Fisher's Tribe came <lown with 46 defensive rebounds in ttie game; near tops for the season. Charles Abbott led with 10 re-1 bounds, Hodge was next with nine j in reserve center Danny Edgmon; got eight. The Chicks Led most, of the way, with narrow margins at the end oi «oh quarter. The lead changed hands three tones in the first quarter. Jonesboro scored first before Akers tied it at 2-2 with a pair of free throws. Hodge hit and Akers gave the Chicks their first lead at 6-4 with fi:10 minutes remaining. Cobb made H 7-4 with a free throw, but missed his bonus shot, and that was the only charity toss the Chick* missed in the first half. Fabulous String . The Hurricane came back to tie it 7-all and take a 9-7 lead on a shot by Abernathy. Jones hit from the field to tie it again and a few seconds later stepped to the foul line and calmly dropped two through the nets to give the Chicks an 11-9 lead and begin the fabulous string of 18 straight free throw^ put up by the Chicks in the rest of the first half. Jonesboro's Rankin and Abernathy almost matched the Chicks' free throw effort as they kept the Hurricane in the game during the first quarter with five free throws apiece plus three field goals. Jonesboro regained the lead at 13-11 with 3:05 left in the first quarter, moved briefly to a 15-11 lead before Jones dunked two more from the 15-foot line and Akers hit to pull the Chicks back to within a point-at 15-16. One-Point Margin An exchange of free throws widened the gap to three points again but then Hodge hit from the pivot With 34 seconds to go, and Jones, shooting as the buzzer sounded, was fouled and sank his fifth and sixth free throws ol the quarter as the others rested to give the Chicks a 21-20 margin after one quarter Hodge started the Chicks off as i. they widened the gap in the second *"• with first of six straight free throws in the period. Akers Drives In He made it 23-20. Akers turned on the speed after Blytheville resounded a missed free throw under Joneshoro's basket and dribbled all the way down the court and under*deliberately DISTRICT CHAMPS — Charles Abbott, captain of the Blytheville Chicks, receives the first place trophy in the District 3 Tourney at Jonesboro from Shofner Burge of Monette, President of District 3, as the rest of the Chick team gathers around. This is the second time since 1933 that the Chicks have won the District 3 championship (Courier News Photo) 20-POINT NIGHT — Bobby Jones (No. 55) of Blytheville goes up to score two of his 20 points as, Danny Cobb (No. 60) watches and waits. Johnson, (No, 4), Abernathy (No. 8) and Rankin, all of Jonesboro, try to stop the shot. Chicks won 71-G2. (Courier News Photo) State C!ass A Senior Boys Tourney Opens Tomorrow he basket for 25-20. With 6:40 layup to make it left, Hodge was and Jonesboro, fear- fouled again and netted two more ;o give the Chicks their largest ead of the half at 27-20. Jonesboro closed the gap again n the mid-quarter play, but Jones pushed in a 20-footer, Hodge hit ,wo more free throws and Chuck ful of giving the game away at the foul line, played with more care on defense. Consequently Blytheville, for the first time in the game scored more on field goals than from free throws. The nine-point margin held through most of the quarter, iQiigston scored on a screeching] though the Hurricane closed to four ast break to keep the Chicks' lead right at seven points. Tt stretched to nine points at 37-28 in the final two minutes on a pair of free throws each by'- to make ft 43-37 with 3:36 to go as Jones and Akers, but the Hurri- the Chicks widened the gap again. points at one time on three quick goals by reserve forward Johnson. Jones and Hodge notched a goal apiece and Akers got two on a foul cane picked up three to cut the) halftime lead to six at 37-31. Biggest Advantage The Chicks gained their biggest advantage during that second quar- they outscored the every period, they :er. Though Hurricane in Dicked up five points on the losers '.n the second wiUi a 16-11 edge. The third quarter brought the smallest changes on the Scoreboard as the Chicks began playing more Abbott Scores Abbott scored his first points of the game with a nice jump shot nnd followed a minute later with two from the charity line to give the Chicks their biggest margin so far at 47-37. The Hurricane Scored but then Jones pushed in a beauty from 25- feet away to hold the margin at 10 points for the Tribe. But Jonesboro chipped two off of that nnd Sports Roundup / "7 // / ile ^Jalaol Mo Hurts Women's Tennis NEW YORK (AP) — The decision of Maureen Connolly to drop her racquet and grab a frying pan comes as a cruel blow to women's tennis, which had shown some signs of becoming a popular spectator sport again under the stimulus of the little star's pulverizing forehand and her refusal ever to hit a shot with any thought in mind except to win a point outright. There is no girl player in sight to replace the San Diego slammer either in potential ability or as a box office draw. Until such time as the world's champion decides she can spare enough time from her impending matrimony to resume her court career, as she eventually will, they would do as well to take the women's singles off the big board at Forest Hills. There is nothing' more boring in aH sports than n tennis match be-1 tween two fairly good gal players, i Prior to the time Little Mo inadej her electrifying appearance four j seasons ago and reawakened the spectators, there had been an unusually trying period of approximately a decade, going back to Alice Marble's last appearance in the championships in 1940, during which it was difficult to keep the eyes open. Starts In 195Z The dreary hiatus ended of a sudden on the fall day in 1952 when the spectators in the stadium at Forest Hills saw Little Mo swat a tennis ball for the first time. Thong]) the stocky kid was only, 17 and plainly knew little about the! game's finer tactics — and cared less — there was little doubt that she was going to win that championship and as many more as she cared to collect. ( With juvenile disdain, the Coast kid battered her way through the old guard. She never layed a shot safe, never hit a purely defensive stroke. She proved again that women's tennis could be exciting, and we regret that she is breaking off now before she has had chance to consolidate her position as one of the very best the world has seen. L1TTLE ROCK (API — Ar-l nmnerup. will participate kansas' big high school basket- srueimg layoff. ball show unfolds here tomor- the Chicks held an eight-point mar- row When the State Class A gin, 49-41 going into the final per- ien j or boys basketball toiinia-j nent opens at the huge Baton Coliseum. The district tournament cham- in the Tech Places 3 On All AIC First Team By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS It was mostly Arkansas Tecfa again when the coaches of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference picked their all-conference basket^ ball team. The champion Wonder Boyi, which had nn all-victorious season in league play, placed three players on the first All-AIC five: They nre E. C. O'Neal, Donovan Horn and Don Sevier. The first team was rounded with Henderson's Bob Zaleske and Arkansas College's Bobby Smith. Trie second team: Jim Trimm and Dale mssiter of Arkansas A&M, Pete Pulford of Ouachita, Larry Crandall of Arkansas Stale Teachers and Phil Guthrie of Hendrix. Six men won third team berths: Paul Martin and James R. Hudspeth of Arkansas Tech, Wesley Jacobs and Harley McDuffie of Southern State, Billy Thurman of A&M and John Overstreet of State Teachers. iod. Blytheville built its lead in the opening minutes of the fintUe, at one time to as many as 13 points. Jonesboro again began pressing its pions and runnerups, including the defense tighter and fouled more frequently, particularly in the.last few minutes as Blytheville went into a semi-ireeze. I Cobb scored from the tip-off to! day night. 1954 .state titlist—Jonesboro. and North Little Rock, and Fort Smith, the Big 7's tourney champ and start the quarter, and Jones, with' p0 j All were within a three- point spread. Jones had 20 on six a nice screen from Abbott, popped i f | e j d %Q R \ S and eight free throws, two in from his favorte spot 25-feetj Akers"hit 18 on four goals and 10 away to make it 55-43 with 5:57| foul shots, and Hodge pot 17.with left in the game. jthree field goals and 11 free Jonesboro scrambled back to throws within six points, but Hodge was 1 Aberiiathv was Jonesboro's lead- fouled - - - nd made two, jumped one in from Akers hit and Langston drove in : LanBsion | er an( j was high for the game with rebound,. 21 points. Johnson had 16. All toq ether, there were 38 fouls j for a layup a.s the Chicks worked, ca lled in the game: 20 on Jones-: --"---"-• a fast break through Jonesboro's i boro and 18 on Blytheville | w - Pans 6 ~Jonesboro outscored the Chicks! District V at Conway—Catholic from the field 24 to 19. but thc| Hl ? h 54 > Center Ridge 41. First round , giunes will send North Little Rock against Newport and Fort Smith against McGehee. In the second round, upper bracket. Magnolia will try Des Arc, Lavaca will take on the winner of the North Little Rock-New- ort opener, Watson Chapel will meet Green Forrest and Blytheville will clash with Center Ridge. The trail to the state's big tournament wound up Saturday night as North Little Rock upset Fort Smith 44-39 in the Big 7 final at Hot Spring's. The district tournaments turned out like this: Distric f I at Fayetteville— Green Forest 41, Van Buren 25. District II at Beebe — Bates ville 57, Newport 56. District III a t Jonesboro— Blytheville 71., Jonesboro 62. District IV at Mansfield— Lavaca . Chicks made the difference up at i District VI at Helena—Mananna the foul line with their amazing 33:54, DCS Arch 50. press and the Chicks held their 13- point lead at 62-49 with 2:35 left. Semi-Freeze ., Blytheville began to stall then. with little Freddy Akers putting on a .show as well as keeping pns- of the ball in the linitl crucial moments: The .speedy Akers was fouled three times during the stall as age from the field, hitting 18 of 4b Jonesboro tried desperately for thei tries for 39 per cent. They jus! ball, and he converted four ot the j didn't get the chances to shoot. six tries from the gift line. j They trot to try only about half a? Hodge also got a pair oi chnnty|niany shots as they usually do be- District VII-Easl at Prebcott— Magnolia 69, Emerson 55. District VH-West at Smackovcr —Fresco tt 64, Hope 47. District VII at Star City—McGehee 63, Watson's Chapel 60. In all cases except District VII, teams in the finals already were assured of berths in the state meet. But District VII will be represent-j- ed by the two winners in its east and west tournaments. The Arkansas Athletic Association switched the site of the state meet to the Coliseum from Little Rock Central High's fieldhouse to take advantage of the mammoth arena's 7,500 seating capacity. Johnic Burnett, AAA executive secretary, said "perfect" weather is j expected for the tournament week. Barton Coliseum is unheated. Here's the lineup Wednesday: Catholic High vs. Paris; Baies- ville vs. Jonesboro; winner, of Fort' Smith-McGehee vs. Marianna, and j Prescott vs. Van Buren. The quarterfinals are set Thursday; the semifinals Friday, with I he championship to be decided Saturday night. Two Matches On Legion Card A women's mulch and a tag bout will highlight tonight's wrestling program as Promoter Mike Mcroney presents another double main event, card for the Memorial Auditorium ring. Miss Barbara Baker and Miss Dianne Lynne are scheduled to square oK in a one-hour time limit affair in the firs! bout. In the second newcomer Ted La- scll .and Lester Welch are scheduled to team against Butch Boyett and Eddie Malone in a lag bout. Both women wrestlers on the card are highly rated and have built up good ring reputations in recent action in the southern circuit. Lasell will be making his lirst appearance in Blytheville in the tag bout. JIM BO" IT SWIMS INTRi Ko more liv; bail ID buj This n [he lure itr ol the ?0th century IT aWIMS-no spring, me* no fuel; it jw s you depth— in strike 3 m innow . wilt slnK ravity Furt ,iny rlesirwJ lt. ha*. Any d;h lhat wrB Jl'rt BO. lliu H no j«l- ol all turts— beautiful nlvst lerf plastic Buy one for youi friends aJio Salisf.icttt* puaianteed Send J] 00 onl,, lot each lure Send check or cash We pay poslage Sold by mail only. J SR TACKLE CO P.O 801 74! Latgo. fU. out of 40 tries while the Hurricane was getting only 14 tallies from the charity stripe. Good Percentage The Clucks had a pood percent- tosses during those final minutes and the lanky center hit one and missed one — his only miss from the foul line in 12 tries for the night. Abbott contributed one and Lm\>4~ ston got free under the basket for a two-pointer In those frantic nun- utcs to help the Chicks stay while Jonesboro was hittini: cause of the many fouls Jonesboro committed. The Chicks could hardly take shot, except from the guard pos lions, without being fouled by Jonesboro player. Langs ton was tops percentage- wise on field goal tries. Fie had amazing- shots in the last desperate bid for victory. Akers scored three point- from the foul line in the final minute as he controlled the ball beautifully with deft dribbling through the entire Hurricane team. for 4. Jones had a good night with -omc B of 12: Hodge hit 3 of 6; Akers got 4 of 10. 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