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Caddo Hills tops Mount Ida at Jessieville Tourney


Natalie Jackson draws a foul on her way to the basket.

JESSIEVILLE – Mount Ida and Caddo Hills may be less than 15 miles apart in Montgomery County but they had to travel to Jessieville last week to face one another in the 4th Annual Larry Ray Memorial Tournament. Caddo Hills wins over Mount Ida in both matchups played Thursday, December 29.
The senior girls matchup Thursday was a tale of two halves. Caddo Hills outscored the Lady Lions 26-9 in the first half only to see Mount Ida rally in the second half to outscore the Lady Indians 25-19.
Morgan Caldwell scored nine of Caddo Hills’ 17 points in the first period and six of nine in the second to lead the Lady Indians in the first half of play. Natalie Jackson was the workhorse in the second half, scoring 13 of the Lady Indians’ 19 points.

Kinlea Leach (5) drives around Natalie Jackson.

Brianna Hamilton hit a three in the first period for Mount Ida and Gracie Summitt and Holly Efird scored two each in the second period. Summitt had a better eye on the basket in the second half, scoring 10 of Mount Ida’s 25 second half points.
Natalie Jackson led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Morgan Caldwell with 17. Gracie Summitt led all Lady Lions with 12 points, followed by Mikayla Ellison with six fourth quarter points.
Caddo Hills opened the tournament with a 60-35 loss at the hands of the Central Arkansas Christian Lady Mustangs. CAC held a narrow 22-20 lead at the half, but outscored the Lady Indians 38-15 in the second half.
Natalie Jackson was the leading scorer for Caddo Hills with 13 points.
Mount Ida opened the tournament with a 54-20 loss at the hands of the hosting Jessieville Lady Lions. Jessieville outscored Mount Ida 42-9 in the first half and 12-11 in the second half.
Kendall Qualls led the Lady Lions with six points.
Senior Girls
Caddo Hills   9 11   5 10 35
CAC           12 10 19 19 60
Caddo Hills – Natalie Jackson (13), Emma Pittman (10), Morgan Caldwell (6), Skylin Sliger (3), Abbie Buttrum (1)
Mount Ida   5    4   7 4 20
Jessieville   19 23 10 2 54
Kendall Qualls (6), Gracie Summitt (4), Nevaeh McKee (4), Destiny Dillon (4), Lexus Johnson (2)
Caddo Hills 17 9 10  9 45
Mount Ida    3 6 14 11 34
Caddo Hills – Natalie Jackson (18), Morgan Caldwell (17), Abbie Buttrum (6), Emma Pittman (4)
Mount Ida – Gracie Summitt (12), Mikayla Ellison (6), Brianna Hamilton (5), Nevaeh McKee (5), Kendall Qualls (3), Holly Efird (2), Kinlea Leach (1)

Tyler Flowers looks on as Caleb Johnson dives to the floor after a loose ball in fourth quarter action at Jessieville. Caddo Hills defeated Mount Ida in a consolation game Thursday, December 29, 2022 in the 4th Annual Larry Ray Memorial Tournament. See page 2 for more photos from the tournament. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

Caddo Hills had to battle from behind to earn a 64-53 victory over the Mount Ida Lions.
Mount Ida tipped off the game with a hot hand, outscoring Caddo Hills 16-8 in the opening stanza. Karter Rowton and Blake Wootten each scored five to lead Mount Ida in the first period.
The Indians seized the lead in the second quarter with a thrilling 26-5 run. Landen Young scored eight followed by MJ Cureton and Richard Owens with six each.
Momentum swung back and forth in the second half with Caddo Hills winning the third period 18-14 and Mount Ida winning the final quarter 18-12.
Richard Owens led all scorers with 23 points. Wyatt Pittman added 14 to the Indian win and Landen Young scored 10.
Karter Rowton led the Lions with 20 points, followed by Blake Wootten with 10.
Caddo Hills opened the tournament with a 65-32 defeat at the hands of the hosting Jessieville Lions. Jessieville jumped out to a 21-6 lead and never looked back. The third period was the best effort by the Indians. They were able to match Jessieville point for point in a 16 point effort.
Richard Owens led the Indians with seven points.
Mount Ida had their hands full in the opening round in a 45-37 loss at the hands of Perryville.
Perryville slipped out to a 13-7 lead in the first quarter and held off a late 14-7 rally by Mount Ida to preserve the win.
Ashton Humphries led the Lions with 11 points.
Senior Boys
Caddo Hills   6   6 16   4 32
Jessieville   21 14 16 14 65
Caddo Hills – Richard Owens (7), Landen Young (6), MJ Cureton (5), Wyatt Pittman (4), Justin Hill (3), Andrew Hunt (4), Caleb Johnson (2), Kyler Hoffpair (1)
Mount Ida   7  6 10 14 37
Perryville  13 13 12   7 45
Mount Ida – Ashton Humphries (11), Gus Gray (9), Blake Wootten (7), Ramsey Gilbert (4), Karter Rowton (3), Jed Harper (3)
Caddo Hills  8 26 18 12 64
Mount Ida  16  5 14 18 53
Caddo Hills – Richard Owens (23), Wyatt Pittman (14), Landen Young (10), MJ Cureton (8), Andrew Hunt (3), Justin Hill (2), Brock Hodges (2), Kyler Hoffpair (2)
Mount Ida – Karter Rowton (20), Blake Wootten (10), Ramsey Gilbert (8), Ashton Humphries (8), Gus Gray (4), Dean Johnson (2), Sawyer Beggs (1)

Ashton Humphries (11) leaps over Andrew Hunt (33) of Caddo Hills .

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