The Izard County Cougars defeated the Ridgefield Christian Warriors, 68-43, in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament at Jonesboro in December 20. The Cougars (18-1) were led by Justus Cooper with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Uecker added 15 points and Caleb Faulkner 13 points for the Cougars. The Cougars were tied 16-16 after one quarter, led 35-27 at the half, and led 58-40 after three quarters. The Cougars advance to the semifinals on December 26 at 4 pmagainst East Poinsett County.
The Izard County Lady Cougars pulled away in the second half to defeat the Armorel Lady Tigers, 48-28, in the opening round of the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro on Tuesday. The Lady Cougars led only 16-14 at the half before pulling away to the victory. The Lady Cougars (8-10) were led by Abby Brashear with 17 points and Harley Thomason with 13 points. The Lady Cougars led 7-6 after one quarter, 16-14 at the half, and 33-19 after three quarters. The Lady Cougars advance to play Riverside in the quarterfinals at 1 pm on Saturday.
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