Arkansas high school girls basketball: Top stars, best performances for week of February 22

By Nate Olson

This week our list overflows with standouts after the previous week’s games were canceled because of the winter storm. The week included many impressive performances in conference play in the smaller classes and the end of the regular season in the bigger classes.

Below is a list of top girls basketball performances for the week of Feb. 22-28. If you know of a player we should add, email


Top Arkansas girls basketball stars, Feb. 22-28

Madelyn Atkins, Beebe

The junior combo guard drilled five three-pointers on her way to 23 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, in a 53-48 loss to Sylvan Hills on Tuesday.

Annie Beasley, Mountainburg

The diminutive senior combo guard poured in 21 points to lead Mountainburg to a decisive 67-45 win against Johnson Co. Westside on Monday.

Jayda Brown, Bentonville

The junior guard poured in 23 points in a 61-47 win against city rival Bentonville West on Friday.

Kate Cheek, Cotter

The junior forward stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, 12 rebounds, eight blocks and six assists to engineer a 50-40 win against Yellville-Summit in a 2A-1 Conference tournament semifinal game. She scored 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked seven shots in a 58-36 win against Flippin in the 2A-1 Conference final.

Chloe Clardy, Conway

The sophomore combo guard poured in 31 points in a 78-56 drubbing of Little Rock Central on Friday.

Lillie Compton, Berryville

The junior guard scored 21 points to lead Berryville past Gravette 54-49 on Monday in the opening round of the 4A-1 Conference Tournament.

Brett Gardner, Batesville Southside

The junior guard scored 23 points in a 43-17 trouncing of Highland in the quarterfinals of the 4A-3 Conference tournament Tuesday.

Nevaeh Griffin, Springdale

The senior forward scored 20 points in a 48-26 blowout of Fort Smith Southside on Friday.

Caroline Harris, Des Arc

The senior guard and Ouachita Baptist commit exploded for 31 points and grabbed five rebounds in a 77-51 win against Carlisle in the 2A-6 Conference semifinals.

Olivia Jackson, Episcopal Collegiate

The junior point guard led the Wildcats with 18 points in a 50-34 nonconference road win against Clinton.

Trinity Johnson, Farmington

The senior combo guard led the Cardinals with 22 points in a 72-49 rout of Shiloh Christian on Monday in the first round of the 4A-1 Conference tournament.

Natalya Kaza, Pulaski Academy

The junior shooting guard scored 21 points in a 77-50 blasting of eStem on Friday in the 4A-5 conference tournament final which completed an undefeated run for the Bruins.

Cheyanne Kemp, Morrilton

The sophomore forward led Morrilton to the 4-4A Conference Tournament title. She racked up 20 points, four rebounds and three assists in a 45-29 win against Dardanelle. She chipped in 17 points, five rebounds and three assists in a 53-27 win against Ozark in the championship game.

Tori Kersey, Farmington

The senior small forward poured in 25 points as the Cardinals knocked off Harrison 76-64 on Tuesday, avenging an earlier 14-point loss.

Ashtyn Knapp, West Side Greers Ferry

The sophomore scored 18 of her game-high 31 points in the second half to lead her squad to an easy 61-40 win against Izard County on Monday in the semifinals of the 1A-2 District tournament.

Abbey Linville, Rural Special

The senior guard scored a game-high 21 points in a 55-53 win against West Side Greers Ferry in a 1A-2 tournament semifinal. She poured in a game-high 23 points in a 52-42 title-game win against Viola.  

Caroline Lyles, Fayetteville

The senior guard led the Bulldogs with 17 points in a 59-55 win against Springdale Har-Ber on Friday.

Avery Mash, Episcopal Collegiate

The junior guard had 16 points in a 50-34 win at Clinton in nonconference play Tuesday.

A.J. McCandlis, Viola

The sophomore point guard scored a team-high 17 points in a 53-32 victory against Concord on Monday in the opening round of the 1A-2 Conference Tournament.

Bree McCrotty, Dover

The sophomore forward totaled 26 points, six rebounds and four steals in a 68-34 win against Jessieville on Tuesday in the opening round of the 3A-5 Conference Tournament.

Clemisha Prackett, West Memphis

The senior forward dominated the paint with 16 points and 12 rebounds in a 44-40 win against Paragould on Thursday.

Marlee Raby, Mount Vernon-Enola

The freshman point guard dropped in 18 points in a 44-36 win against Sacred Heart on Friday to clinch the 1A-4 Conference tournament championship.

Haley Reed, Mountainburg

The junior had 19 points in a 67-45 blowout of Johnson Co. Westside on Monday.

Jaylia Reed, Hot Springs

The senior guard scored 23 points in a 55-46 win against El Dorado on Thursday.

Layla Reese, Cabot

The sophomore guard led the Panthers with 17 points in a 53-43 stunning upset win against North Little Rock in a makeup game Wednesday.

Tyra Robinson, Little Rock Parkview

The sophomore forward dominated the paint with a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds, helping her team eke out a 49-45 road win over Benton on Tuesday.

Kyndal Rooks, Rose Bud

The junior scored 20 points in a 46-33 win against Bald Knob in a 3A-2 Conference tournament opening-round game Thursday.

Taylor Rush, Batesville

The junior guard had 18 points in a 76-38 blowout of Searcy on Thursday.

Savannah Scott, Conway

The sophomore forward scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Wampus Cats to a 65-39 win against Bryant on Tuesday.

Josie Story, Mountain View

The junior forward put up a game-high 19 points in a 49-21 win against Rose Bud in the 3A-2 Conference championship game.

Brineka Taylor, Rivercrest

The sophomore guard scored 21 points in a 60-38 win against Piggott on Monday.

Kamiah Turner, Mayflower

The senior scored 17 of her 21 points in the final 12 minutes of a 59-51 win against Atkins in the 3A-5 Conference tournament championship game Saturday.

Megyn Upton, Mammoth Spring

The sophomore forward had a team-high 19 points in a 68-21 blowout of Amorel in a 1A-3 semifinal Wednesday. Upton chipped in 15 points in a 67-29 win against Maynard on Friday in the tournament title game.

Kiara Vasquez, Magazine

The senior totaled 19 points and eight rebounds in a 51-24 trouncing of Lavaca in the first round of the 2A-4 District Tournament on Monday.

Josie Williams, Conway Christian

The sophomore guard threw in 20 points in a 56-46 win against Hector in overtime to advance to the 2A-5 Conference semifinals.

Jersey Wolfenbarger, Fort Smith Northside

On the day it was announced she earned a selection to the McDonald’s All-American team, the senior guard poured in 22 points to help dismantle Little Rock Southwest 60-31 on Tuesday.

If you know of a player we should add to the list now or in a future week, email the details to

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