ASHDOWN â The Bauxite Miners defeated the Ashdown Panthers 58-50 on the road to snap a five-game losing streak in 7-4A Conference play on Tuesday.
âWe started off kind of slow,â Bauxite Coach Andy Brakebill said. âThe body language was kind of iffy. Itâs one of those deals you lose five in a row and your confidence is shaken. It was almost like, âOh no, here we go again.â We finally got to clicking a little bit better.â
EL DORADO â After an uninspiring first half of play, the Benton Panthers took it to the El Dorado Wildcats 65-39 in 7A/6A South Conference play on Tuesday night in El Dorado. The Panthers improve to 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the South.
âI thought the first half, rebounding-wise, we were very lackadaisical,â Benton Coach Dwaine Fishburn said. âWe let their athleticism get to us. They hit the boards hard against us. I was disappointed by our defensive rebounding.
âWe werenât hungry or played with a purpose in the first half.â
HASKELL -- The Harmony Grove Cardinals (15-4 6-3) gave up 21 points on turnovers in their 53-47 loss to Mayflower (11-3 8-1) on Friday night at the Daniel Henley Fieldhouse. After falling to the Eagles earlier in the season, 54-52, the Cardinals hoped for revenge, but the athleticism and guard play of Mayflower was too much in the loss.
BRYANT â Junior guard Jakeria Otey started and finished the game by missing two free throws for the Bryant Lady Hornets, but in between she put on solid offensive display scoring 18 points to help lift the Hornets to a 43-38 win against the Texarkana Razorbacks in a conference game at home in Bryant Friday night.
The win improved the Lady Hornets to 2-3 in conference play and 6-9 overall. Texarkana started the game off quickly by taking a 9-3 lead early in the game that forced Bryant Head Coach Brad Matthews to take a timeout.
TEXARKANA â The Benton Panthers picked up an important road victory on Tuesday night upending the Arkansas High Razorbacks 58-42 in Texarkana.
âIâm very pleased our guards are coming along,â Benton Coach Dwaine Fishburn said. âIn over 25 years, Iâve never coached a team that has this low turnovers as this group has. Weâre only averaging five to six turnovers a game and thatâs remarkable.â
Benton (12-5, 3-1 South) would lead 12-9 after the first quarter before expanding their lead to 30-17 over the Razorbacks at halftime.
SHERIDAN â Up by eight points early in the second half, the Bryant Lady Hornets couldnât hold on as they lost 56-51 to the Sheridan Lady Jackets in 7A/6A South Conference play in Sheridan on Tuesday night.
Junior guard Jakeria Otey scored a season-high 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting from the field, and senior forward Aubree Allen double-doubled with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but despite playing solid defense, Bryant couldnât stop Sheridanâs Kadesha Cooper down the stretch in the loss.
BAUXITE - On Friday, two girlsâ basketball teams with equally dismal records in 7-4A action met up for a game. Both teams recently suffered similar fates against Malvern. Arkansas Baptist used the first few minutes of this game to secure a lead that they would not relinquish for the rest of the night. It would be the Lady Eagles of Arkansas Baptist leaving with a hard-fought prize, winning by a score of 56 - 43.
BENTON â After winning their first two 7A/6A South Conference games by an average of 44.5 points, thanks to a 74-9 rout of Fair on Tuesday, the Benton Lady Panthers didnât let up on Friday night in another rout, this one a 51-23 victory over the Sheridan Lady Jackets at Benton Arena.
BRYANT â It wasnât exactly the way Bryant Hornetsâ Coach Mike Abrahamson drew up the play, but C.J. Rainey found a way to achieve the desired result.
Rainey took a pass on the right side of the floor, curled into the lane and hit a layup with 6.6 seconds to go to tie the game at 43. His free throw after drawing contact gave the Hornets a 44-43 win over the Little Rock Fair Eagles on Friday. The Hornets defeated Pine Bluff 42-41 on Tuesday for their first 7A/6A South win.
BENTON â It didnât start well for the Benton Panthers against their arch rival Bryant Hornets on Friday night at Benton Arena, but a 20-0 run from the end of the first quarter until the beginning of the third quarter propelled the Panthers to a 41-34 victory over the Hornets. It was both teamsâ first 7A/6A South conference game of the season.