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February 13th, 2013
The Benton Panthers cruised to their third 7A/6A South conference championship in six years on Tuesday night at Benton Arena with a 66-42 rout of the Lake Hamilton Wolves. It was Bentonâ€™s 14th consecutive win as the Panthers have been cruising all season long sporting a 23-2 overall record and 12-0 in the South.
â€śItâ€™s a special night,â€ť Benton Coach Chris Nail said. â€śTheyâ€™re winners. Thatâ€™s just how they are. They win. The thing about this group is nobody ever cares about stats. Itâ€™s just a special group.â€ť
BENTON â€“ Despite a less-than-stellar performance, the Benton Panthers came away with a 50-44 victory over the Sheridan Yellowjackets in 7A/6A South conference play on Tuesday night in Benton Arena. It was the Panthersâ€™ 12th consecutive victory and Benton is ranked seventh in the state in the Hog Country Top 10 poll.
â€śI did not think we played well at all tonight,â€ť Benton Coach Chris Nail said. â€śWe had dead legs all night. We didnâ€™t have our usual motion. Sheridan played good. You canâ€™t say it was all us, but I didnâ€™t think we played well.
GLEN ROSE - When the month of February rolls around, there is just one thing on the mind of high school basketball teams; postseason play. For the Harmony Grove Cardinals, the 5-3A 2012-13 district tournament looms in the near future.
On Tuesday, the Cardinals traveled just up the street to Glen Rose for an intense rivalry-renewing game with the Beavers. After busting a four-game skid with a win over eStem on Friday, Harmony Grove added a second straight win Tuesday, defeating Glen Rose handily, 75-55.
BRYANT â€“ Sophomore K.J. Hill poured in 20 points, Greyson Giles added 10, but their efforts fell short as the Bryant Hornets fell to the visiting Little Rock Fair War Eagles 56-48 on Tuesday night.
Despite outscoring Fair 38-35 in the second half, Bryant Head Coach Mike Abrahamson said his team wasnâ€™t ready from the opening tip.
â€śWe didnâ€™t want this one for some reason,â€ť Abrahamson said. â€śWe werenâ€™t ready to play.â€ť
BAUXITE â€“ Sophomore Ben Madison scored 16 points, senior Tyler Hill added 12 points, and the Bauxite Miners won its third consecutive conference game with a 46-37 victory over the visiting Ashdown Panthers.
In the first half, both teams came out and struggled to put the ball through the basket. After the first quarter of play, Bauxite (12-5, 6-1 conference) led Ashdown 8-7. Three-pointers by Madison and junior Hunter Holder were the only field goals in the quarter for the Miners, leaving Head Coach Mark Smith frustrated with his teamâ€™s offensive efficiency.
FOUNTAIN LAKE - After finishing the first half of conference play at 5-2, the Harmony Grove Cardinals have done a total 180 since getting back to work. After having their return game against Perryville canceled due to inclement weather, the Cardinals went on the road to Mayflower and lost 70-57. On Tuesday, the Cardinals continued to spin downward, falling to Fountain Lake on the road 59-54.
BAUXITE â€“ Behind 16 points from senior Mary Crow and another 16 by junior Amy Etheridge, the Bauxite Lady Miners handled the Ashdown Panthers in convincing fashion with a 64-45 win Tuesday night.
Junior Allison Tackett also poured in 13 points and senior Makayla Blanchett chipped in eight points, as Bauxite (13-5, 6-1 conference) continues its strong conference play.
â€śI thought offensively we got in a pretty good rhythm,â€ť Head Coach Josh Harrison said. â€śWe did a pretty good job of moving the ball and shot pretty well tonight.â€ť
BRYANT- The Bryant Hornets made nine 3-pointers in a 65-52 victory over the Lake Hamilton Wolves on Tuesday night. The Bryant Hornets improve to 13-7 (2-4) on the year.
â€śWeâ€™re going to have to be a team that does shoot it well,â€ť Bryant Coach Mike Abrahamson said. â€śItâ€™s hard work. Thereâ€™s a comfort level out there that we havenâ€™t seen all year in terms of our shooters.â€ť
BENTON â€“ It didnâ€™t look promising for the Benton Lady Panthers on Tuesday night, but they remained undefeated in 7A/6A South conference play with a 33-29 victory over the El Dorado Lady Wildcats at Benton Arena. Besides a 3-2 lead at the 5:54 mark of the first quarter, the Lady Panthers wouldnâ€™t lead again until sophomore guard Braxton Chumley hit a 3-pointer with 4:41 left in the fourth to give Benton a 28-27 lead.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Panthers had very little problem to improving to 4-0 in the 7A/6A South conference when they trounced the Arkansas High (Texarkana) Razorbacks 51-23 in a make-up game on Thursday night. Originally scheduled for Tuesday night, the game was postponed to Thursday due to inclement weather.