Scrappers pound Panthers

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
They had to wait until Saturday afternoon to play, but the Nashville Scrappers routed the Ashdown Panthers 76-53 at Scrapper Arena in a District 7-4A game that was postponed from Friday night because of the weather. The girls game between Nashville and Ashdown went on as scheduled.
Between the third and fourth quarter of the girls game, Superintendent Doug Graham announced that the boys game would be postponed until Saturday because of hazardous conditions between Nashville and Ashdown.
The start of Saturday’s game was delayed nearly an hour because officials faced icy conditions around central Arkansas on their way to Nashville.
After the game started, the Scrappers were clearly in control, leading 18-10 after the first quarter and 41-32 at halftime.
Freshman Darius Hopkins played in his first high school game following the conclusion of the junior high season Thursday night. He responded with 17 points and was the third leading scorer on the team.
Brandon Shamrock was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points. Cameron Alexander was next with 18, followed by LaMichael Pettway with 10.
Nashville outscored Ashdown 25-10 in the third quarter, and the mercy rule was in effect for much of the second half.
Alexander led the Scrappers in rebounds with 8, followed by Shamrock and Pettway with 5 each. Nashville recorded 26 rebounds against the Panthers.
Pettway was the team’s assist leader with 14.
For the night, the Scrappers hit almost 70 percent of their shots from the field. They were 3 of 9 from beyond the 3-point line, and they hit 13 of 20 free throws.
Saturday was a good afternoon for blocked shots by Shamrock, as the Scrapper senior blocked 4 of the Panthers’ scoring attempts.
Nashville was scheduled to play at Malvern Tuesday night, weather permitting.
The final home game of the regular season will be Friday night as the Scrappers host Arkansas Baptist. Friday will be Senior Night at Scrapper Arena.
The District 7-4A tournament will be played next week in Nashville.
Scrapper Arena will host the Class 4A South regional Feb. 24-March 1.
The Scrappers played the ranked Arkadelphia Badgers close throughout the night but fell 65-54 Feb. 4 in Nashville.
When the teams met last month in Arkadelphia, the Badgers unleashed a barrage of 3-point shots and made 9 of them on their way to a 73-36 win over the Scrappers. Last week, Arkadelphia hit 3 of 3 shots from 3-point range.
The contest was close throughout, with the Badgers leading 23-20 after the first quarter and 27-24 at halftime.
Alexander led the Scrappers with 18 points, followed by Shamrock with 15, Pettway with 11 and Trey Hughes with 10.

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