BISMARCK â€“ The Bauxite Miners outlasted the Bismarck Lions in a double-overtime thriller on Tuesday night, escaping with a heart-pounding 57-53 road victory.
Sophomore Ben Madison paced the Miners offensively finishing the night with 27 points, nine rebounds and Hunter Holder chipped in 13 points, three rebounds and three assists.
CABOT â€“ The Benton Panthers have a 4:30 p.m. Saturday date in the Cabot Pre-Holiday tournament final after defeating the Hot Springs Lakeside Rams 52-42 in the semifinal round on Wednesday night in Cabot. The Panthers are looking to win their second consecutive tournament in less than a week as they won the Searcy Bank Classic this past Saturday.
It was a low-scoring affair in the first half as the Panthers committed a season-high 17 turnovers against the Rams, but Benton played solid defense in holding an 18-13 lead at the half.
In keeping with years past, the Saline County Christmas Parade drew thousands of spectators Tuesday night.
More than a hundred entries took part in the parade that was based on the theme "Angels."
Though the lights at the courthouse have been turned on each evening for about two weeks, the parade signals the official start of the county's Celebration of Lights.
Carolyn Dianne Dandurand, 61, of Benton passed away Sunday, Dec. 2.Â
She was born Dec. 8, 1950, in Dumas to the late A.Z. and Clara Dovers.Â Mrs. Dandurand was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Traskwood.
She is survived by her husband, Richard Dandurand of Benton; a son, Jonathan Dandurand of Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Dennis Dovers of Rosebud and Bryan Dovers of Benton; and a sister, Martha Highsmith of Haskell.
Sue Nooner Brooks passed away Friday, Nov. 30. She was born Sept. 5, 1932, to Ruby and Elihue Nooner in Benton. She was a former member of Second Baptist Church and a present member of Hot Springs Baptist Church. She was a member of the Melting Pot Genealogical Society and a graduate of Hot Springs High School, graduating with the Class of 1950.
She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, R.C. Nooner; her aunt, Jewel Meredith Muse; and her daughter, Crystal Suzonne Brooks.
Jack T. Ferguson, 85, of Bryant went to be with his Lord on Dec. 1.Â Jack was born Oct. 29, 1927, in Casa.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Willie Ferguson; four brothers; and four sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Clair Bernice Ferguson; a daughter, Tracye Bullock and husband Randy; and a son, Billy Craig Ferguson and wife Telecia; grandchildren, Lindlee Bullock, Corbi McAllister and husband Jay, Ryan Ferguson, Landon Bullock and husband Stacie, Grabrielle Ferguson and Brennan Bullock; and four great-grandchildren.
Mary Nell Gilzow, 82, of Benton, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 2.Â She was born April 8, 1930, to Elmer Kunzman and Elzie Lamb.Â She was a loving mother and grandmother, who will be missed by many.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Wesley Gilzow.
She is survived by one sister, Martieana Wolfe; her children, Phyllis Jeffcoat, Barbara Mitchell, Patricia DeCook and Martin Odell Gilzow; 11 grandchildren, Richard, Laura Sondra, Shawn, Amy, Paul, Amanda, Susan, Teresa, Sarah and Kelley; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Maxine Brown Rose, 82, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, surrounded by her husband, daughter and son.
Maxine was born Dec. 30, 1929, in Nashville, to Thomas Lipton and Daisy Ophelia Scott Brown. She was a very loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother to her family.Â
The Bryant Lady Hornets overcame 19 turnovers to defeat the Maumelle Lady Hornets 39-27 in the second round of the OrthoArkansas Tournament at Central Arkansas Christian on Friday night. The Lady Hornets played well defensively, holding Maumelle to just 22 percent shooting, while hitting double that, 44 percent.
"We executed in spurts," Bryant Coach Brad Matthews said. "You still have to be able to execute with the pressure and getting into the passing lanes. I'm proud of our kids. They have some good talent over there."
Benton Panther junior forward Josh Bowling scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Panthers' 74-54 victory over the Wynne Yellowjackets on Friday night in the Searcy Bank Classic. Benton defeated Greenbrier 66-41 in the first round on Thursday.
The Panthers (4-0) also shot 29 of 33 from the free-throw line and led 31-18 at the half.
"The kids did a good job of getting the ball in to him," Benton Coach Chris Nail said of the Panthers finding Bowling. "[Wynne] played a 1-2-2 zone and the middle was open. He hurt them in the middle of the zone."