Preston Harmon calmly sank a pair of charity tosses with 11 seconds on the clock to break a 38-all tie and give the Izard County Cougars a tight 40-38 victory over Norfork in 1A-2 North play Dec. 1.
The win over Norfork snapped an 11-game skid for the Cougars (2-11, 1-3).
Corey Barnes hit a clutch 3-pointer with 25 seconds showing on the clock to lock the contest at 38-all, before Harmon's free throws moved Izard County on top to stay.
The game was knotted at 9-all after one, but Izard County took a 25-19 lead to the half.
Trenton Hatman paced the Cougs with 17 points, while Ryan Walker added eight. Kyle King had six, Harmon five and Caleb Cowan four.
In girls' action, the Lady Cougars remained perfect in conference play at 4-0 with a 53-41 win over the Lady Panthers.
Izard County (10-3) outscored Norfork 26-8 in the second period to take a big 33-19 advantage to intermission.
Amber Hall tossed in 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Lady Cougs.
Rachel Harmon and Kaydie Campbell added 13 points apiece.
Trisha Arnold had eight and Harmony Herron five for Izard County.
The junior Lady Cougars opened the night with a 28-24 win behind 17 points from Sami Wagner.
Black Rock had its way for most of the first three periods, but the fourth belonged squarely to the Izard County Lady Cougars.
Outscoring the Lady Zebras 22-13 down the stretch in the final frame, Izard County pushed past Black Rock 57-55 in non-conference action Nov. 30.
The Lady Zebras led 42-35 before the Lady Cougars made their move.
Hall paced Izard County with 19 points, while Harmon added 15.
In boys' action, Izard County led 7-2 after the first period but Black Rock ended the evening with a 55-38 victory.
Hatman logged 17 points for Izard County, with Cowan posting seven.
The junior Cougars got 14 points from Jesse Ball and 13 more from Chris King in a 41-31 win over the junior Zebras to start the night.