The Benton High School cheerleaders won the class 6A state championship on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Summit Arena in Hot Springs. Benton also came in first place in the Tiger City Classic in Arkadelphia on Dec. 8, took first in the Arkansas Cheer Coaches Association Competition in Mayflower on Dec. 1 in Mayflower, took first in the Benton Invitational on Nov. 17 ant were first-place finishers in the Bauxite Invitational on Nov. 10. Sheridan was first-runner up in 6A at the state championship and Bryant tied Van Buren for first-runner up in the 5A-7A Coed Division.
HOT SPRINGS â€“ The Benton Panthers took care of business on the road with a 78-47 victory over the Hot Springs Trojans Monday night in Hot Springs.
Senior point guard Bryan Torres scored a season-high 18 points, hitting 3 of 6 from 3-point range and 5 of 5 from the free-throw line to pace the Panthers.
â€śI thought Bryan Torres played his best game of the year,â€ť Benton Coach Chris Nail said. â€śHe shot the ball real well last night.â€ť
HOT SPRINGS â€“ After starting out in an 11-0 hole to begin the game, the Benton Lady Panthers fought back, but fell 49-47 to the Hot Springs Lady Trojans on Monday night in Hot Springs.
Tied at 47-47, Lady Trojan Berniezha Tidwell hit a 7-foot runner with four seconds remaining. After a timeout, the Lady Panthers set up a play, but couldnâ€™t get a shot off to fall to 6-3 on the season.