SHERIDAN — Wednesday’s Class 5A State Tournament Openers went according to plan for both Jonesboro High School basketball teams.
Both teams won by leniency rule, with the clock ticking steadily into the fourth quarter. Jonesboro defeated tournament host Sheridan 68-33 in the girls and beat Hot Springs 65-26 in the boys.
The Hurricane and Lady Hurricane will also have back-to-back quarterfinals on Friday night. Jonesboro will play the girls’ quarterfinals, facing either Vilonia or Benton at 7 p.m. The Jonesboro boys will face Siloam Springs or Sylvan Hills at 8:30 p.m. Friday night.
Jonesboro (25-3) opened up a 23-6 lead over Hot Springs in the first quarter. The Hurricane led 32-16 at halftime and 50-18 after three quarters.
Quion Williams and Jesse Washington scored 16 and 13 points respectively to lead Jonesboro. Isaac Harrell and Kavon Pointer scored eight points apiece.
Jabari West led Hot Springs (15-13) with 11 points.
Center Destiny Thomas was dominant as Lady Hurricane (20-6) advanced with ease. Thomas scored 12 points in the first quarter, helping Jonesboro take a 26-11 lead, and she had 20 at halftime as the Lady Hurricane held a 39-18 advantage.
Jonesboro’s lead was 61-27 after the third quarter.
Thomas finished with 22 points to lead Jonesboro. Bramyia Johnson and Ereauna Hardaway added 16 and 11 points respectively.
Paragould also reached the quarterfinals with Tuesday night’s 49-38 upset against Lake Hamilton, the No. 1 seed in 5A-South. Keimauri Brown scored 15 points and Carson DeFries added 12 for the Lady Rams, who face Little Rock Christian or Siloam Springs on Friday at 4 p.m.
Pine Bluff beat Greene County Tech 69-42 in Tuesday night’s late-night 5A boys game.