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Alma falls at home

By Kevin Taylor
Alma Schools 
 
Back in 2006, on the heels of Alma's first state championship run, there was plenty of talk of another run. 
 
With three starters back, Alma didn't expect to just do well in conference play - they expected to make a state title run. 
 
But a 4-10 conference finish quickly ended those dreams. "Life has a way of checking your oil," Flenor said then. 
 
Alma had its oil checked Friday by upstart Vilonia. 
 
The Eagles overcame an early 6-0 deficit with a monster 42-19 run to close the first half. They didn't let up in the final sixteen minutes, either, finishing with a 70-41 victory at Charles B. Dyer Arena. 
 
"We started the game 6-0, and we came out attacking them, and then we made some critical turnovers," Flenor said. "They got two layups, and the next thing you know the momentum has swung in their favor."
 
Vilonia hit 14 3-pointers, converted 12 Alma turnovers into 15 points, and shot well from the free-throw line, too. 
 
Alma had four 3-pointers and finished just 3-of-9 from the foul line. 
 
"We've got to do a better job defensively and we've got to defend the three better," Flenor said. "It's like everything else. When you get beat, it magnifies everything. But the thing is, you need to be working on the things you can control areas you can get better at."
 
Drew Battles hit all four Alma's 3-pointers. The team finished just 4-of-17 from the three-point line. 
 
Logan Taylor, who had 25 points in last Tuesday's win over Mountain Home, was 0-for-7 with four assists and four rebounds. 
 
Vilonia 57, Alma 34
 
GIRLS - The thirty-four points don't seem like much. 
 
But after falling behind 35-7 at the half, the Lady Airedales finished strong in Friday's loss to Vilonia. 
 
The Eagles, who've won 12 in a row, improved to 2-0 in conference play thanks to McKenzie Floyd's 15 first-half points. 
 
Senior Loryn Kelley, who had to endure a tough night with Mountain Home last week, scored 16 of her game-high 19 points in the final half of play to lead the Lady Airedales.