Archive - Dec 31, 2012 - Sports Article
CARLISLE - It is hard to believe that Head Coach Mark Smith and the rest of the Bauxite Miners could have envisioned a better start to the season than what they have. Sitting at 7-4 overall is not bad, but an impressive 3-0 start in 7-4A conference play has the program smiling already this young season.
CARLISLE - Other than being without electricity since Christmas, the Harmony Grove Cardinals were hit with another big blow when they fell hard to England on Friday, 80-52 in the Carlisle Holiday Classic. But despite not practicing and suffering one of the biggest losses in 2012, the Cardinals returned to Carlisle on Saturday and got back to their old ways of winning. After a hard and intense practice session just hours before getting on the bus, the Cardinals took care of business, beating DeWitt in a 57-27 rout of their own.
GREENBRIER Â¬â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers made it to the finals of the Battle at the Brier, but fell 30-28 in a defensive battle to the Rogers Heritage Lady War Eagles on Saturday night. Benton led the whole game until Lacey Murray hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 28-apiece and Brittany Ward hit the game-winner with five seconds remaining, while Benton could not get a shot off in the end.
CARLISLE - With the first third of the season on the books, the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals were sitting in a nice spot heading into Christmas break. With a 6-4 overall record and a 2-1 showing in 5-3A conference play, the Lady Cardinals hit the court once again on Friday in the Carlisle Holiday Classic. Coming off of back-to-back conference wins over Fountain Lake and Episcopal, the Lady Cardinals had a little bit of a setback when they met England on Friday, falling in a close match 35-30.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ Junior forward Josh Bowling helped give the Benton Panthers a turkey as far as winning their third consecutive tournament championship when they defeated the Little Rock Episcopal Wildcats 65-47 on Saturday in the finals of the Mountain Home Tournament. Bowling scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Panthersâ€™ size netted the victory after being down by 10 points at the half.
FORT SMITH â€“ After losing to Texas High 76-66 in the second round of the Coca Cola Classic in Fort Smith on Friday, the Bryant Hornets salvaged a 1-2 showing in the tourney with a 56-49 win over Subiaco Academy on Saturday afternoon.
â€śWe were aggressive and got to the foul line, so that was good,â€ť Bryant Coach Mike Abrahamson said. â€śWe shot the ball a little bit better from the outside, which really helps. We defended a little bit better than we had been.â€ť
The Hornets (11-3) lost to the No. 1 team in the state North Little Rock in the first round and to Texas High in Round 2.
HOT SPRINGS â€“ After the inclement weather that shut down central Arkansas the day after Christmas, the Spa City Shootout commenced a day later than the original Thursday start. With almost 10 inches of snow blanketing the state in some areas, the snow must have covered the basketball rims at Summit Arena in Hot Springs on Friday as the Hot Springs Lady Trojans bested the Bryant Lady Hornets 46-34, where both teams shot a combined 30 percent from the field.