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Goforth pours in 28 for win

ROGERS — Sasha Goforth had the hot hand for Fayetteville on Friday night.

Goforth made four consecutive 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 28 points to lead Fayetteville to a 65-39 victory over Rogers High. Fayetteville (18-3, 10-0) remained undefeated in 7A-West Conference play while posting its second blowout of the week. The Lady Bulldogs placed four players in double figures Wednesday during a 64-46 victory over Bentonville West.

Goforth had 11 points in that game, which she surpassed in the first quarter Friday against Rogers. She made four consecutive 3-pointers from almost the same spot in the corner while scoring 16 of Fayetteville’s 22 points in the first quarter. The sophomore standout had 20 at halftime, which was more than Rogers’ 17 points after two quarters.

Goforth added points on mostly drives to the basket before leaving in the fourth quarter with the Lady Bulldogs well ahead.

“After I made my second (3-pointer) I thought, all right, I’ve got something going here,” Goforth said. “I wanted to play better, for sure, than I did on Wednesday when I was scoreless in the first half. That was my motivation.”

Coriah Beck added 18 points and Jasmine Franklin eight for the Lady Bulldogs, who led 39-17 at halftime and 55-31 after three quarters.

Madison Loyd scored 14 points and Ally Figenskau 11 to lead the Lady Mounties.

SPRINGDALE HIGH 68, BENTONVILLE WEST 55

The Lady Bulldogs hit 19 free throws in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win. Springdale (16-7, 7-3 7A-West) kept pace in the West with Bentonville for the coveted No. 2 seed in the upcoming state tournament. Those two teams meet Tuesday night in Bulldog Gym. Ashlyn Minchew scored six of her 16 points in the fourth quarter including 6 of 6 at the free-throw line. Minchew’s three-point play with under four minutes left gave the Lady Bulldogs a 52-43 lead. Ana Kash knocked down a deep 3-pointer with 2:25 left to pull West (8-14, 1-9) within 56-50, but Springdale was able to lock it down with clutch free throws down the stretch. Marquesha Davis led Springdale with 23 points and Sarah Vogel added 14 with four 3-pointers. Shania Wilson led West with 13 points.

VAN BUREN 60, ROGERS HERITAGE 34

The Lady Pointers outscored the Lady War Eagles by a combined score of 31-14 in the middle two quarters to pull away for the easy win. Irasema Sandoval led all scorers with 18 points for Van Buren (15-8, 6-4), while Zaiyah Frazier added 11. Three players scored six points each for Heritage (5-18, 0-10).

BENTONVILLE HIGH 35, SPRINGDALE HAR-BER 26

Bentonville (18-5, 7-3) went 10-of-13 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to pull ahead of a Springdale Har-Ber (11-12, 4-6) team in the Tigers’ win. In a poor shooting night for Bentonville, Avery Hughes took over the offense, scoring 11 of her game-high 13 points in the second half. The senior went 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to help breathe some life into the Tigers Bentonville’s Jaren Hernandez came up with one of the biggest plays in the fourth quarter for the Tigers. The senior stole a pass intended for Har-Ber’s Savanna Collins and scored a lay-up with just over two minutes left in the game to give Bentonville a seven-point lead. Collins led Har-Ber with eight points.

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