Junction City clinches conference championship

GURDON — For the second time in three years, Junction City is the 8-2A conference champion.

Demarion Henry had 14 points and Dominique Grimes added 11 points, as the Dragons rolled to a 73-19 win over Gurdon in the 8-2A finale for both schools on Friday.

Two years ago, the Dragons won the title outright. This one is a shared title with Fordyce and Woodlawn, which also won last night to match Junction City’s 10-2 league record.

However, Junction City won the tiebreakers with both schools and will be the No. 1 seed for next week’s district tournament. The top spot also clinches a berth in the regional tournament for the Dragons, who will begin their postseason on Wednesday in the semifinals against the winner of Tuesday’s showdown between Parkers Chapel and Ouachita.

Fordyce is the No. 2 seed with Woodlawn — the hosts of the district tournament — checking in as the third seed.

The Dragons (16-6, 10-2) led 18-9 at the end of the first quarter before expanding their lead to 42-13 at intermission.

Junction City led 60-15 at the end of the third quarter before winning by the final margin.

Twelve players scored in the win for the Dragons.

Taylen Owens had 9 points, while Deon James and Cedric Jackson chipped in with 6 points apiece.

Zamundrae Gray had 5 points with Pechone Larry, Dovonte’ Grimes, Lamontra Hankton, Jermaine Kennedy and Jordan Banks all finishing with 4 points for Junction City.

Shakenya Malone rounded out the Dragons’ scoring with 2 points.

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