BENTON â€“ It didnâ€™t 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.
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BENTON â€“ It didn't 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 teams' first 7A/6A South conference game of the season.
HASKELL -- The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals (3-11 1-4) entered Friday nightâ€™s 5-3A conference game in dire need of a victory of any kind. After losing nine straight contests, the Lady Cardinals welcomed Little Rock Episcopal into town for Homecoming and walked away with an exciting 53-39 victory. The win snapped the losing streak and beat the Lady Wildcats for the fifth straight time under Head Coach John White.
POTTSVILLE â€“ After a rough loss to the Clinton Lady Yellowjackets in the final of the First Service Bank Classic in Clinton almost a week ago, the Bauxite Lady Miners got just what they needed going into the 7-4A Conference season next week. Bauxite defeated the Pottsville Lady Apaches 53-52 on Friday to improve to 8-4 on the season.
â€śIt was a battle,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. â€śIt was a good win for us after not playing well against Clinton.â€ť
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers and Greenbrier Lady Panthers faced off in the first game of the season in the first round of the Searcy Classic with Benton coming from behind to edge Greenbrier 44-43. Friday night, it looked much of the same with Benton holding on to a three-point lead going into the fourth. But just like their first matchup, the Lady Panthers would dominate the fourth quarter to get a 48-34 win over Greenbrier on Friday night at Benton Arena.
â€śThat was probably our best time together as a unit on the floor,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said of the fourth quarter.
CLINTON â€“ The Bauxite Miners defeated host Clinton Yellowjackets 60-46 to win the First Service Bank Classic in Clinton on Monday night.
After a high-scoring first quarter in which the Miners (7-4) led 18-16, Bauxite would go on to lead 34-27 at the half before gaining closing it out on the Yellowjackets.
â€śThis is actually our first full game where we grinded out the whole game and we just kept battling,â€ť Bauxite Coach Andy Brakebill said. â€śWe just pushed it on out and finished the game.â€ť
DONALDSON â€“ After winning the Bill Gibbs Memorial Tournament at their home court earlier in the season, the Benton Harmony Grove Cardinals decided they wanted to win a tournament on the road. The Cardinals had little trouble in shutting the Fordyce Redbugs down with a 46-24 win in the Herb Russell Invitational championship game at Ouachita High School for their second consecutive tourney win.
â€śWe won a championship in every tournament weâ€™ve played in so thatâ€™s always good,â€ť Cardinals Coach Dexter Hendrix said.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ The Benton Panthers defeated the Fayetteville Bulldogs 50-48 in overtime in the 1st Arkansas Bail Bonds Tournament in Mountain Home on Saturday to claim their second consecutive tournament championship. The Panthers defeated Cabot to take the title in Cabot, and lost to Jacksonville 53-48 in the Searcy Classic Championship game to start the season.
BAUXITE - The Miner varsity girls of Bauxite, led by coach Joshua Harrison, took on the Panthers of Ashdown on Friday Dec. 20, in a highly contested matchup involving speedy hands and terrific posting. The Lady Miners took an early lead and never let up, out-hustling the Lady Panthers for the entire 32 minutes of play. The final was 45-36 Bauxite for the Lady Minersâ€™ first 7-4A Conference victory.