PEARCY â€“ Struggling a bit in the first half, the Benton Lady Panthers cleaned it up in the second to come away with a 44-37 victory over the Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves in 7A/6A South Conference action on Tuesday at Lake Hamilton High School. It was Bentonâ€™s fourth consecutive win after losing three straight.
The Lady Panthers (17-5, 9-3 South) jumped on the Lady Wolves 8-2 early with the help of two Braxton Chumley 3-pointers, and would lead 18-10 in the second quarter before allowing Lake Hamilton to come back and tie it 22-22 at the half.
LITTLE ROCK â€” In the six previous games against Glen Rose prior to last Thursday, the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals were 1-5. After tromping the Lady Beavers 42-22 Thursday, Harmony Grove extended its season at least one more game after beating Glen Rose 43-31 Tuesday in the first round of the 5-3A District Tournament at Episcopal in Little Rock.
â€śItâ€™s elimination time and if you donâ€™t get the job done you go home,â€ť Head Coach John White said.
BRYANT â€“ Bryant senior track and field and cross country star Melinda Murdock's list of accomplishments as a Lady Hornet is pretty lengthy. On Thursday at Bryant High School, Murdock signed a letter of intent to take those accomplishments to the University of Memphis Lady Tigers to run track.
â€śMelinda Murdock is one of the greatest competitors and hardest workers I have coached," Bryant Cross Country Coach Danny Westrbook said. "She is a very unique athlete in that she excels in both distance running as well as sprint and hurdle events."
FAYETTEVILLE - After routing Appalachian State ace starter Jamie Nunn in Friday's 12-2 season opener, some might have presumed the Saturday and Sunday games would be a piece of cake for the Arkansas Razorbacks,Â No. 25 ranked by Baseball AmericaÂ and hosting at Baum Stadium.
They would have presumed wrong. The Razorbacks, now 3-0, did sweep the now 0-3 Mountaineers but it wasn't easy.
BRYANT â€“ There was little doubt in the minds of a duo of Bryant Lady Hornets of where they were going to college. Senior distance runners Marley Adams and Mikayla Douglas signed letters of intent to run for Henderson State University on Tuesday morning at Bryant High School, and the pair have known for several years they were to become Lady Reddies.
â€śIâ€™ve wanted to go there since the seventh grade,â€ť Adams said. â€śI just know theyâ€™ve had a really good team. I know upperclassmen that have gone there. Itâ€™s always been Henderson.â€ť
BENTON â€“ Benton Panthers senior soccer player Michi Forbess signed a letter of intent to play for the Tigers of Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia) at the Benton Athletic Sports Complex field house on Friday.
Forbess is a midfielder for the Panthers, which finished 16-2-1 and lost 2-1 in the 6A State Tournament quarterfinals to Siloam Springs, and is Bentonâ€™s all-time leader in career assists with 21. Benton soccer Coach Bobby Winn said Forbessâ€™ understanding of the game is second-to-none.
BRYANT â€“ After the Bryant Lady Hornets came up with the upset victory over their Benton counterparts, the Hornets couldnâ€™t duplicate the feat as the Benton Panthers swept Bryant this season and took the Saline County Shootout trophy with a 73-60 win over Bryant on Wednesday night at the Hornetsâ€™ Nest in Bryant.
â€śThe good thing about it is, number one it was a sweep of Bryant,â€ť Benton Coach Dwaine Fishburn said, â€śnumber two, now weâ€™re in sole possession of first place, and number three, weâ€™re defending conference champions.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ After Lady Panther junior Braxton Chumley hit two free throws with 6.3 seconds left to give Benton a 50-49 lead, junior Lady Hornet guard Jakeria Otey dribbled down the left side of the court, drove to the bucket and was the recipient of a foul call as time expired. Otey calmly hit both free throws to give Bryant the 51-50 upset victory over rival Benton in the Saline County Shootout Wednesday night to make up for Tuesdayâ€™s postponement due to inclement weather.
BENTON â€“ Benton senior wide receiver J.V. Davis will be joining some fellow Panthers on the football field soon. Davis signed a letter of intent to play for the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys on Wednesday afternoon at the Benton Sports Complex field house to join former Panthers Wallace Foote and Chase Pigue.
BENTON â€“ Just as in their blowout loss at El Dorado (49-25) on Tuesday, the Benton Lady Panthers held a three-point lead at halftime against the Pine Bluff Fillies at Benton Arena on Tuesday, but couldnâ€™t hold on and fell 38-36 in 7A/6A South Conference play.
â€śWe just had a couple things not go our way,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śIt was a battle right there to the end. We were down, fought hard and gave ourselves a chance to tie and win it, we just didnâ€™t make it happen there at the end.â€ť