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End of an Era: Four seniors like no other

February 24, 2012

When the word “team” makes its way into the brain, what is the first definition that comes to mind?

Is it a group of athletes? What about a band of brothers or sisters?
What if someone told you there was a group of seniors on the Harmony Grove senior girls basketball team that had more than most teams could ever hope for?

Of course, everyone wants to win it all in their last year. That is a given. But not winning it all and knowing that a team has given it its all in every game of the final season speaks louder than a title or any hardware could ever scream.

Lady Hornet signs to run

February 24, 2012

Bryant Hornets senior and cross country runner Stacy Emmerling signed a letter of intent to run for the Henderson State Lady Reddies (Arkadelphia) on Thursday in Bryant Gym. Emmerling joins teammate Ashlyn Lessenberry, who signed with the Lady Reddies earlier this month.

“I visited there and they just seemed like a big happy family,” Emmerling said of Henderson State. “[The Lady Reddies] all connected with me and talked to me. They introduced me to all of their friends and made it comfortable for me.”

Miners fall to end season

February 23, 2012

DUMAS – The Bauxite Miners knew Wednesday’s task of facing the No. 1 seed Pine Bluff Dollarway wasn’t going to be easy. What they didn’t know was how unlikely the first quarter of their 61-35 season-ending loss would be.

“I would like to take back the first quarter,” said head coach Mark Smith. “Our deal is we don’t have the ability to offensive rebound.”

Smith said his team’s lack of size also prevents the Miners (14-15) from keeping their opponents from offensive rebounding and it’s been a problem all season.

Lady Miners lose in mismatch

February 23, 2012

DUMAS – On paper, it was supposed to be no contest. But the Bauxite Lady Miners certainly contested though they fell short in a 44-33 season-ending loss to the Star City Lady Bulldogs in the opening round of the Class 4A South Region on Wednesday.

“I told the girls before the game that I felt like we were the only 20 people in the state that had a chance to beat this team,” said Bauxite head coach Joshua Harrison.

Hornets upend Charging Wildcats

February 22, 2012

BRYANT – The Bryant Hornets picked up a huge 45-38 victory on over the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats on Tuesday night in 7A/6A Central conference action in Bryant. Both teams are 8-5 in the Central and since Bryant beat North Little Rock by seven points and the Charging Wildcats won by five points, 53-48, earlier in the year, the Hornets have the tie-breaker.

Lady Panthers' streak ends at 15

February 22, 2012

EL DORADO – The Benton Lady Panthers ended their 15-game winning streak and their perfect conference season with a 43-39 double-overtime loss to the El Dorado Lady Wildcats on Tuesday night in 6A South conference action to end the regular season.

“I think we played about as bad as we could possibly play,” Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. “We missed a lot of easy shots and we didn’t have the intensity that we needed. We didn’t play with any urgency. It just wasn’t a very good ball game.”

Lady Cardinals fall in thriller

February 16, 2012

LITTLE ROCK - With every beginning, there is an end. Just like the best or worst book in the world, it always ends in one way or another. There is no difference in this year’s Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals and most of all, this year’s seniors. After beating the Cutter Morning Star Lady Eagles on Tuesday night in the opening round of the 5-3A South district tournament at Episcopal, the Lady Cardinals found themselves fighting for a bid to the 3A regional tournament.

Miners' season continues with win in district

February 16, 2012

MALVERN – The Bauxite Miners’ season will continue as they picked up a 41-33 win against the Ashdown Panthers Wednesday night in the 7-4A district tournament held at the Bill Hunt Fieldhouse in Malvern. The Miners qualified for the regional tournament next week, but first have to face the No. 1 team in the 4A conference, Pulaski Academy.

“This time of year it’s a one-game season,” Bauxite Coach Mark Smith said. “It’s game to game and our guys, our seniors, we told them if you don’t want your career to be over, you’ve got to step it up.”

Lady Miners survive scare

February 16, 2012

MALVERN – It wasn’t pretty, but the Bauxite Lady Miners extended their season with a 55-51 win over the Maumelle Lady Hornets Wednesday in the 7-4A district tournament in Malvern. The Lady Miners now have No. 2 seed and host Malvern tonight.

The Lady Miners (19-9, 11-4 7-4A), the No. 3 seed, looked as if they were going to have smooth sailing when they got up 21-8 after two Mary Crow free throws with 1:29 left in the first half, and leading 23-11 at halftime, but the third quarter and freshman Kamry Orr had other designs.

Lady Panthers cruise to 14th straight

February 15, 2012

BENTON – The Benton Lady Panthers had no problem in dispensing the J.A. Fair Lady War Eagles 58-17 Tuesday night in 6A South conference action at Benton Arena. The Lady Panthers ho-hummed their way to the team’s 14th consecutive victory and improved to 12-0 in the 6A South.

“Fair is way down,” Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. “We got through and didn’t have any injuries so mission accomplished.”

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