BENTON â€“ After starting the season 7-2, the Benton Lady Panthers suffered through a seven-game losing streak to fall to 7-9 on the year, including 0-2 in the 6A South Conference. Since then Benton has won 4 of 5, including three in a row after a 47-40 South victory over visiting Pine Bluff Fillies at Benton Arena on Friday. The win put the Lady Panthers back in the plus column at 11-10 overall and 4-3 in the South.
BRYANT â€“ Bryant Lady Hornets senior starting pitcher Abby Staton signed to play softball at Central Baptist College (Conway) on Friday at Bryant High School and said there was no doubt that CBC was the place for her.
â€śIt had everything I wanted for a college,â€ť Staton said. â€śThe Christian environment, the down-to-earth atmosphere and the small class size is something Iâ€™m looking forward to because thatâ€™s the best way I learn and I want a relationship with all the teachers.
EL DORADO â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers snapped two big streaks on Friday night as they defeated the El Dorado Lady Wildcats 31-20 in El Dorado for the first time in seven years. Benton also snapped their current seven-game losing streak with the victory.
â€śIt was a good win for us,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śWe stopped two seven-game losing streaks â€“ one that weâ€™re currently on and the one down at El Dorado.â€ť
Senior guard Braxton Chumley had her second straight 16-point game in the win, though the Lady Panthers (8-9, 1-2 South) didnâ€™t have a good offensive night.
WALDRON â€“ Though the Bauxite Lady Miners improved to 3-3 in the 7-4A Conference with a 50-29 victory over the Waldron Lady Bulldogs on the road Friday, Coach Cody Lambert, though happy with the win, didnâ€™t think his team played as well as it should have.
â€śWe didnâ€™t play very good, didnâ€™t execute our offense very well,â€ť Lambert said. â€śWe didnâ€™t get the loose balls, didnâ€™t block out very well, we just didnâ€™t do a very good job. But itâ€™s good when you can mess up on a lot of things and still have a dominate victory.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets swim team definitely defended its home turf at the Bryant Invitational at the Bishop Park Natatorium in Bryant on Thursday. The Lady Hornets pounded their opponents scoring 476 points, 230 points more than second-place Malvernâ€™s 246 points. The Benton Lady Panthers would take third with 200 points, followed by Rogers Heritage (187) and El Dorado (149).
BENTON â€“ Benton Panther junior Clay Anderson hit a 3-pointer to force overtime against the Hall Warriors, but the Panthers would ultimately fall 51-47, dropping Benton to 0-2 in the 6A South Conference.
Down 38-35 with 23.2 left in regulation, Anderson would take a pass from junior post Jake Scoggins and hit a tough 3-pointer with five seconds remaining from the right side.
The Panthers (9-6, 0-2 South) would take a 40-38 lead in overtime when senior Braden Warhurst hit two free throws, and would lead 42-40 after junior Cason Maertens scored a bucket on a tough shot.
BRYANT â€” In order for the Bryant to make the 7A State playoffs in March, the Lady Hornets must have a winning record against the three other 7A teams from the 7A/6A Central Conference.
Bryant made the step in the right direction in making that goal on Tuesday night when the Lady Hornets defeated Mount St. Mary 46-36 despite shooting just 20 (10 of 50) percent from the floor.
â€śThereâ€™s six games that are going to determine whether we go to the state tournament, and in those six games weâ€™re 1-0,â€ť Bryant Head Coach Brad Matthews said. â€śThatâ€™s the biggest takeaway of the night.â€ť