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NORTH LITTLE ROCK 89, SPRINGDALE 81 | Cats defend throne, repeat as champs

HOT SPRINGS — The only question was by how many points North Little Rock would win by.

In the last game of a long day of basketball, North Little Rock ran right past Springdale, 89-81, in winning the 7A basketball title in a game that was never in doubt.

North Little Rock (26-2) has now won its second consecutive state title and hasn’t lost to a 7A team in two years. This season’s losses were to Parkview in Jammin’ for Jackets and a road loss to Jonesboro. Both those teams are playing each other for the 6A state title. North Little Rock only lost one game the previous season.

It was a trio of stars that lead the way for North Little Rock.

Senior Anton Beard, who has signed with Arkansas, had 29 points and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Kevaughn Allen, who is one of the country’s top ranked juniors, had 28 points and hit two 3-pointers, including a four-point play.

K.J. Hill, also a junior, had 12 points and had a critical 3-pointer in the first half that put Springdale away early. Hill is considered by most to be the state’s best high school football player and starred as a wide receiver and returner for coach Brad Bolding.

Springdale (22-6) was led by Chris Owens and his 30 points, while D.J. Evans added 22 points.

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