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Bryant OK with Otey

February 7, 2014

BRYANT – 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 Tuesday’s postponement due to inclement weather.

Benton’s Davis joining former Panthers

February 6, 2014

BENTON – 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 loses 2nd straight

February 6, 2014

BENTON – 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 couldn’t hold on and fell 38-36 in 7A/6A South Conference play.
“We just had a couple things not go our way,” Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. “It 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 didn’t make it happen there at the end.”

Miners snap streak

January 31, 2014

ASHDOWN – 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.
“We started off kind of slow,” Bauxite Coach Andy Brakebill said. “The body language was kind of iffy. It’s one of those deals you lose five in a row and your confidence is shaken. It was almost like, ‘Oh no, here we go again.’ We finally got to clicking a little bit better.”

Panthers whip Wildcats

January 30, 2014

EL DORADO – 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.
“I thought the first half, rebounding-wise, we were very lackadaisical,” Benton Coach Dwaine Fishburn said. “We let their athleticism get to us. They hit the boards hard against us. I was disappointed by our defensive rebounding.
“We weren’t hungry or played with a purpose in the first half.”

Mayflower steals win, beats Cards again

January 30, 2014

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 bests Lady Backs

January 30, 2014

BRYANT – 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.

Panthers gelling

January 23, 2014

TEXARKANA – The Benton Panthers picked up an important road victory on Tuesday night upending the Arkansas High Razorbacks 58-42 in Texarkana.
“I’m very pleased our guards are coming along,” Benton Coach Dwaine Fishburn said. “In over 25 years, I’ve never coached a team that has this low turnovers as this group has. We’re only averaging five to six turnovers a game and that’s remarkable.”
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.

Cooper too much for Bryant

January 23, 2014

SHERIDAN – Up by eight points early in the second half, the Bryant Lady Hornets couldn’t 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 couldn’t stop Sheridan’s Kadesha Cooper down the stretch in the loss.

Lady Eagles fly past Bauxite

January 22, 2014

BAUXITE - On Friday, two girls’ 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.

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