PINE BLUFF- The Bryant Lady Hornets lost a heartbreaker 40-39 to the Pine Bluff Lady Zebras on Tuesday night at McFadden Field House.
â€śI thought we really played really well in the second half,â€ť Bryant Coach Brad Matthews said. â€ś[We] made a run at them and got the lead. They made a play with a second to go to beat us. Weâ€™ll keep working to get better.â€ť
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers started their 7A/6A South conference game against JA Fair on a 16-0 run on their way to a 62-14 victory over the Lady War Eagles on Tuesday night at Benton Arena.
â€śWe got through the game with no injuries,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śWe executed everything pretty good and shot the ball OK. Weâ€™re healthy heading to Sheridan Friday night.â€ť
HASKELL - Heading into Christmas break, the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals had their heads held high coming off of back-to-back 5-3A conference wins after dropping the two previous. After splitting in the Carlisle Holiday Classic, the Lady Cardinals returned home on Friday to face a very familiar foe in Jessieville.
Hoping for another big win against a really good team, Harmony Grove had its dreams crushed as the Lady Lions pounced, pulling away with a 42-15 blowout performance to stay perfect at 13-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play.
BAUXITE- The Bauxite Miners used the 3-pointer and a second half run in a 57-42 victory over the Malvern Leopards on Friday night at Fred Dawson Gymnasium.
The Bauxite Miners were led by sophomore forward Ben Madison who recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
â€śWe stay on him to do all the little things right. Tonight I think he did lots of good things,â€ť Bauxite Coach Mark Smith said of Madison. â€śHe was on the boards for us big time. Ben played a really good game.â€ť
BRYANT - After being swept by their rival Bryant Hornets and Lady Hornets last season, the Benton Panthers and Lady Panthers went to Bryant gym on Friday night and took got back at their rivals routing the Hornets 62-44 and the Lady Hornets 49-33. Not only did Benton top their biggest rivals, the Panthers and Lady Panthers won their first 7A/6A South conference game of the year. Bryant was in the 7A Central conference last year.
The big story for the Panthers (12-2, 1-0 7A/6A South) was the fact they held a 33-11 rebounding edge over the Hornets (11-4, 0-1).
BENTON â€“ It is not too often that there is a basketball game played with two coaches with the same ties to both schools playing. But for Benton Freshmen Panthers and Harmony Grove Cardinalsâ€™ junior varsity, Wednesdayâ€™s opening-round match of the Benton Classic had just that.
First-year head coach Dexter Hendrix, a 2006 Benton graduate returned to the same floor that he played on as he led his team into the Benton Arena to battle Panther Head Coach David Torres. Torres was the longtime senior girlâ€™s coach at Harmony Grove before moving to Benton in the early 2000s.
CARLISLE - It is hard to believe that Head Coach Mark Smith and the rest of the Bauxite Miners could have envisioned a better start to the season than what they have. Sitting at 7-4 overall is not bad, but an impressive 3-0 start in 7-4A conference play has the program smiling already this young season.
CARLISLE - Other than being without electricity since Christmas, the Harmony Grove Cardinals were hit with another big blow when they fell hard to England on Friday, 80-52 in the Carlisle Holiday Classic. But despite not practicing and suffering one of the biggest losses in 2012, the Cardinals returned to Carlisle on Saturday and got back to their old ways of winning. After a hard and intense practice session just hours before getting on the bus, the Cardinals took care of business, beating DeWitt in a 57-27 rout of their own.
GREENBRIER Â¬â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers made it to the finals of the Battle at the Brier, but fell 30-28 in a defensive battle to the Rogers Heritage Lady War Eagles on Saturday night. Benton led the whole game until Lacey Murray hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 28-apiece and Brittany Ward hit the game-winner with five seconds remaining, while Benton could not get a shot off in the end.
CARLISLE - With the first third of the season on the books, the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals were sitting in a nice spot heading into Christmas break. With a 6-4 overall record and a 2-1 showing in 5-3A conference play, the Lady Cardinals hit the court once again on Friday in the Carlisle Holiday Classic. Coming off of back-to-back conference wins over Fountain Lake and Episcopal, the Lady Cardinals had a little bit of a setback when they met England on Friday, falling in a close match 35-30.