Delancy, French help Blazers pull away

Valley View’s C.J. Delancy shoots over Westside’s Spencer Honeycutt (2) and Adonis Thomas during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game at Blazer Arena. Delancy scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as Valley View won 71-59.

JONESBORO — The fourth quarter belonged to Valley View Tuesday night at Blazer Arena.

Senior post C.J. Delancy scored 10 of his 22 points in the final period to lead Valley View to a 71-59 victory over Westside in 4A-3 boys’ basketball. Senior guard Wil French added eight points in the fourth quarter as the Blazers outscored the Warriors 26-13 to pull away for the victory.

“There’s probably about a three-minute stretch in that fourth quarter where we came up with some loose balls and got some transition stuff going, got some easy buckets,” Valley View coach Jason Manchester said. “You have to give Coach (Mark) Whitmire and Westside a lot of credit. We knew they were going to come in here and battle us, and they did. They shot the lights out, ran really good stuff and had a great game plan.”

Westside drilled 11 3-pointers, including six in a first quarter that ended with the Warriors leading 24-21. Andrew Laird scored 11 of his game-high 27 points in the first period to help Westside to the fast start.

Neither team found much offense in the second quarter as Valley View (13-10, 7-7 conference) rallied to lead 31-30 at halftime.

Laird got going again in the third quarter, scoring eight points, and Spencer Honeycutt sank two 3s as Westside (6-15, 2-12 conference) came back to lead 46-45 at the end of the period.

Five players combined for all of Valley View’s points. Connor Tinsley sank three of the Blazers’ four 3s to finish with 15 points; French finished with 14 points; Caleb Allen added 11 points; and Kannon Jones finished with nine points, six in the fourth quarter.

Laird connected for four 3s for the Warriors. Honeycutt also made four 3s and finished with 14 points, while Adonis Thomas made two 3s and finished with nine points.

Westside is scheduled to visit fifth-seeded Pocahontas on Saturday in the first round of the 4A-3 district tournament, with the winner advancing to play at fourth-seeded Valley View in the quarterfinals.

Valley View 57, Westside 30

Valley View pulled away in the second half of the girls’ game, outscoring Westside 36-11 after intermission for a 57-30 victory.

Hunter Gibson scored 13 of her 18 points in the first half to lead Valley View (16-5, 11-3 conference) to a 21-19 halftime lead. The Lady Blazers outscored the Lady Warriors 17-7 in the third quarter and 19-4 in the fourth.

Emma Higgins scored all 10 of her points in the second half for Valley View, including eight in the third quarter. Anna Winkfield added nine of her 11 points in the final two quarters, while Morghan Weaver scored eight of her 14 in the second half.

Gibson made four of the five 3s for the Lady Blazers, who will be the No. 2 seed in the 4A-3 district tournament. Valley View has a bye into next week’s semifinals and is guaranteed a regional tournament berth.

Megan Hedger scored nine points to lead Westside (11-12, 6-8 conference). The fifth-seeded Lady Warriors are scheduled to host Blytheville on Saturday in the first round of the district tournament, with the winner advancing to play fourth-seeded Pocahontas.