Lamar sports informationHUNTSVLLE — The Lamar University Cardinals Southland Conference tournament hopes now rest in the hands of other teams.The Cardinals (11-18 overall, 7-11) failed to clinch a berth Wednesday as they dropped a 78-75 decision at Sam Houston State (11-16, 7-10) in their regular-season finale. Lamar is still alive for a tournament berth, but that bid will be determined by results from other Southland Conference games Thursday and Saturday. The Cardinals are the only SLC team with no regular-season games remaining. Right now, Lamar holds the eighth, and final berth. Houston Baptist is 7-9 with two games remaining, while Houston State and Nicholls are 7-10 with one game remaining. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi remains in the hunt at 6-10 with two games remaining.Lamar is definitely in if Texas A&M-Corpus Christi loses its remaining two games. However, there are a myriad of scenarios, some with positive outcomes for LU some with negative outcomes, depending on the results of the remaining games.Lamar would have wrapped up a tourney berth win a win Wednesday, but saw Sam Houston State (11-16, 7-10) rally from a 41-35 halftime deficit to boost its postseason hopes.“We gave them too many chances in the second half,” Lamar coach Robin Harmony said. “They had 11 offensive rebounds in the second half. We did not do a good job of boxing out. We broke down on defense.”LU sophomore Laka Blache had her third straight double-double, finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds, but the Cardinals couldn’t handle Sam Houston State’s Angela Beadle, who had 28 points and 15 rebounds. Sam Houston State finished with a 19-6 advantage in second-chance points.Lamar also suffered from woes at the free-throw line. The Cardinals shot just 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the charity stripe.“You can’t win when you shoot 59 percent on free throws,” Harmony said. We didn’t handle the pressure well. Give Sam Houston credit, they had some PTPers who stepped up tonight. We don’t have that yet.”The Cardinals held a 68-64 lead with 4:30 remaining after a Kiara Desamours layup, only to see the Bearkats rally for the lead. LU had a pair of chances to tie the game or take the lead in the final minute, but a traveling call against LU when the score was 77-75 with 10 seconds remaining hurt. The Cards had one more chance to send the game into overtime after Beadle made just one of two free throws with five seconds remaining, but LU failed to get off a 3-point shot in its final possession.LU saw all four of its freshmen score in double figures as Chastadie Barrs had 13 points and eight assists, while Kiara Desamours, Khali Pippins-Tryon and DeJa Roberts had 10 points each. Sophomore Baileigh O’Dell had a team-high 14 points for the Cardinals.“We’re giving our young players valuable experience,” Harmony said. Hopefully, they can get some postseason experience next week. This will definitely help us for next season.”Laurynn McGowen also had a double-double for Sam Houston State, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Bearkats shot 50 percent (27-of-54) from the field. The Bearkats outrebounded LU 44-37, holding a 24-13 edge over the final two quarters.“Boxing out is desire, and we didn’t have enough of that tonight,” Harmony said. “But we will learn from this. We have another solid recruiting class coming in, and they will compete for jobs and push these players. If you don’t want to compete, we will sit you and play someone who will.”The final seedings won’t be announced until after the regular season concludes Saturday evening.
A state audit finds the former executive director of the Benton Development Group used thousands of dollars of the organization’s money to make purchases for herself.State Auditor Mary Mosiman says Ranae Becker had been laid off from the Benton County economic development organization, but continued working on a volunteer basis. She says board members discovered some issues as they tried to prepare a budget in 2014.“They did not receive the necessary financial information from Miss Becker. So, some of these board members volunteered to gather these financial records from the Benton Development Group’s office, as well as doing some cleaning and organizing,” Mosiman says. “And while they were doing this, they found some credit card information and credit card receipts in the trash.” Mosiman says the credit card receipts appeared to be for personal items bought by Becker. The auditor’s office was eventually called to check over the situation.“Our investigation identified $38,689 of improper disbursements and $10,944 of unsupported disbursements, for a total impact to the Benton Development Group of $48,779.” Mosiman says. Some of the money was improper payroll payments, but Mosiman says the rest was improper credit card use.“She was using the credit card for personal purchases. She had purchases that were at retail and convenience stores. Some of the purchases were for the Benton Development Group, other purchases where at stores like Best Buy, Game Stop, T.J. Max — stores that would have no business transactions for the Benton Development Group,” according to Mosiman. Several receipts were for purchases in Virginia, which were linked to Becker.Mosiman says they determined that the receipts came during annual trips by Becker to Virginia to see her family. The audit covered January 1st, 2009 through August 31st, 2014.The results of the audit were turned over to the Vinton Police Department.Share this:FacebookTwitter
Jos Buttler saved England’s blushes on Thursday, counter-attacking against Australia to lift his side to 271-8 after they collapsed on the opening day of the fifth Ashes Test.World Cup winners England, desperate to level the series at 2-2, have struggled to find consistency and contributed to their own downfall at the Oval, slipping from 170-3 to 226-8.But Buttler, who struggled early on, dipped into his white-ball playbook, smashing paceman Josh Hazlewood for successive sixes as Jack Leach dug in at the other end.Buttler ended the day 64 not out, while Leach was unbeaten on 10 but England will need to add runs on Friday on what looks like a good pitch for batting.Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh claimed four wickets on his return to the side. Pat Cummins and Hazlewood were again impressive for the tourists.“If you bowl well, there’s wickets there, but if you bat well and apply yourself there’s runs there,” Buttler told Sky Sports. “We’ll hopefully try to get a few more in the morning.”Speaking about his own innings, Buttler, who reached his 50 off 60 balls, including three sixes, said: “It was tough to start with.“I’ve found batting tough all summer in this series so it was nice in the end to take the shackles off and try to have some fun.”Australia are seeking their first Ashes series win in England for 18 years and Marsh said the tourists were pleased with their day’s work despite England’s late flourish.“It (the score) could have been even less than that if we’d held our catches early on,” he said. “We spoke about coming here and wanting to win the series 3-1.“It probably wasn’t reflected in our first session but you drop catches sometimes. It could have been better but we’d definitely take eight for 270 on that.”Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and put the home side in under grey skies. Joe Root then enjoyed astonishing good fortune as England reached 170-3.The skipper was dropped three times but failed to make the most of his lucky escapes, comprehensively bowled for 57 by Cummins shortly after tea.Root has reached fifty 61 times in Tests but has gone on to reach three figures on just 16 occasions.By contrast, Australia’s former captain Steve Smith, who has dominated the Ashes with his bat, has reached fifty 52 times and made 26 hundreds — a far better conversion rate.Root was dropped on 24 by Peter Siddle on the boundary. Then wicketkeeper Paine failed to cling on to a one-handed chance in front of David Warner at first slip. Both drops were off Cummins.Shortly after lunch, with the ground now bathed in sunshine, the skipper had yet another reprieve when a diving Smith failed to hold on to a sharp chance at second slip off Siddle.Root drove Hazlewood square of the wicket to bring up 7,000 Test runs in his 158th innings but he eventually ran out of lives.Jonny Bairstow followed shortly afterwards, lbw to Marsh for 22.Bairstow’s dismissal brought all-rounder Sam Curran to the wicket and he hooked Cummins for six but he was dismissed for just 15, caught by Smith at second slip off a reckless drive.Earlier, opener Rory Burns (47) and Ben Stokes (20) were guilty of throwing their wickets away with careless shots as England’s top order struggled again.Australia won at Old Trafford last week to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series, meaning they will retain the Ashes urn regardless of the result at the Oval.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
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