Archive - 2011 - Sports Article
Benton freshman Carmen King scored a goal off an assist from Mariah Temple at the 9:29 minute mark in the first half as the Benton Lady Panthers defeated Malvern 1-0 Monday night.
â€śShe is actually our leading scorer on the year,â€ť coach Jason Gentry said. â€śShe has five goals on the year and does a good job of finding the net. She controls the ball.
â€śSometimes she tries to do too much but when she just focuses on striking the ball, she does a good job. It helps that she has got some pretty good players around her too.â€ť
For the Benton Lady Panthers this season, two things were always constant: They battled every night and it was total team effort.
Not one player was dominant on the floor, but instead a different girl led the team in scoring or defense almost every night.
The rest of the 6A South took notice of the team effort as six Benton Lady Panthers were awarded all-conference honors for their performance during the 2010-11 season.
Three members of the Bryant girls basketball team were honored last week by the Arkansas Activities Association.
Sophomore McKenzie Adams was named to the 2011 7A All-Tournament Team.
Head coach Blake Condley said that, although the Lady Hornets lost in the first round to Rogers, Adams scored half of the teamâ€™s points in their only game of the tournament.
â€śShe played very aggressively,â€ť he said. â€śWe were in a position where other girls didnâ€™t score well, and she did.â€ť
The Bryant Lady Hornets finished in fifth place Friday night at the Russellville Cyclone Relays.
Bryant scored 61 points to finish behind team champion Lake Hamilton (80 points), North Little Rock (78), Fort Smith Northside (72) and Cabot (72). In all, 23 schools competed.
Highlighting the Lady Hornetsâ€™ performance was sophomore Alexis Royal, who scored a team high 30 points.Â Royal set a new Bryant school record with her winning leap in the triple jump.Â
The Bryant Hornets earned a seventh-place finish in the Cyclone Relays at Russellville Friday, earning 47.5 points in the 20-team field.
Fort Smith Southside won the event.Â
Troy Smith was the leading scorer for the Hornets, placing third in the high jump (6 feet), fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (41.99 seconds) and sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.28).Â
Coach Steve Oury said Smith "has really come on this year in the hurdle races. Coach Keith Dale does a great job working with all of our hurdlers, and Troy has worked extremely hard."
The Cardinals fought hard Friday, but it wasnâ€™t enough as Episcopal won 15-13.
The game, which was scheduled to be played in Little Rock, was instead played at Harmony Grove. The loss gives the Cardinals an 0-2 record in 3A-5 Conference playa after losing to Glen Rose earlier this week.
Still, Harmony Grove head coach Brandon Kelly was proud of the way his team played.
â€śOverall, we played a complete game. We just flat out got beat tonight,â€ť he said. â€śWe werenâ€™t beating ourselves. We got runs and good, solid hits.
The Sheridan Yellowjackets defeated the Benton Panthers 7-6 Friday night after Sheridan scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning with bases loaded to win the game.
Benton catcher Stuart Levy attempted to block the pitch but it bounced and went behind and Billy Wicker was able to slide in safely before Levy could make the tag.
â€śIt was a disappointing night,â€ť Benton coach Mark Balisterri said. â€śEvery error we made, it cost us. The second inning is what killed us. We had two big errors which allowed them to score four runs.
â€śThatâ€™s the inning that hurt us.â€ť
The Glen Rose â€śbrought the sticksâ€ť Friday against Cutter Morning Star, winning 19-6 at home.
The Beavers (8-4, 2-0 3A-5) jumped out to an early lead, which eventually proved to be too much for the Eagles to overcome, and the game was called after five innings.
Head coach Chase Meyers said, â€śI was happy with the way we hit the ball, and we ran the bases well, aggressively.
â€śAlso, we made some nice plays in the field. We had one error or two, but all in all not bad.â€ť
BENTON â€” Leading the game 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Bentonâ€™s Bailey LeVart hit a three-run home run to give the Lady Panthers a four-run cushion as Benton ended up defeating Sheridan 6-3 Friday night at home.
â€śWe have had several girls swinging a hot stick,â€ť Benton coach Eric Ryan said. â€śIt started back in Shreveport, and everybody got a good look at live pitching. Ever since then they have been real hot.
â€śThat [home run] right there just shows you when somebody gets confident in what they can do, good things will happen.â€ť
Sometimes you canâ€™t buy a goal; other times they fall out of the sky.
Goals fell out of the sky as the Bryant Lady Hornets, led by Tarra Hendricksâ€™ hat trick, easily defeated the Van Buren Lady Pointers 7-0 in conference soccer action Thursday at Hornet Stadium.
â€śIâ€™m never going to complain about a shutout,â€ť head coach Julie Long said. â€śOur defense always does a good job.Â Lindsay Brazil always does a good job on defense.â€ť