PEARCY â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers are probably forgetting what losing feels like. The Lady Panthers won their 12th consecutive game and improved to 10-0 in the 6A South conference with a 52-25 victory of the Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves on Tuesday night. And again, defense has been the force behind Bentonâ€™s success.
â€śWe were playing just stellar defense,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śThey had four field and three free throws [in the first half]. We couldnâ€™t ask for any more defensively. The second half, it just kind of continued.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets fell to the Van Buren Lady Pointers 58-54 on Tuesday night in 7A/6A Central conference action in Bryant.
â€śVan Buren is a good team,â€ť Bryant Coach Brad Matthews said. â€śThey were well-prepared. They did stuff to us defensively that we havenâ€™t seen all year.â€ť
â€śWe never really got into a flow offensively, but our kids continued to compete. We didnâ€™t play very well, but such is life in the 7A Central and we got beat. They have four or five kids that they can put on the floor that can score.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ Three Bryant football players signed college letters of intent Wednesday on National Signing Day, but delayed their party until Friday.
â€śThese guys are smart,â€ť Bryant coach Paul Calley said. â€śThey came to me and asked if they could have their party on Friday, so all of the media would come out.â€ť
Receiver/defensive back Dillion Winfrey signed with Central Arkansas, linebacker Marshall Everett inked with Arkansas-Monticello and running back Karon Dismuke signed with Southern Arkansas.
BRYANT â€“ Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ senior distance runner Ashlyn Lessenberry had a decent idea where she wanted to go to college when she found out where her best friend was going to play softball. Lessenberry is following her friend, Kayla Sory, to Henderson State University as she signed a letter of intent to run for the Lady Reddies in the Bryant Gym on Wednesday morning.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ It wasnâ€™t pretty, but the Bauxite Lady Miners came away with a 42-32 victory over the Robinson Lady Senators on Tuesday night in Little Rock in 7-4A conference play.
â€śComing in, they didnâ€™t have a conference win, but they played everybody really tough,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said of the Lady Senators. â€śThey didnâ€™t really have anything to lose. They were just as physical and aggressive as they could possibly be.â€ť
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers won their 10th game in a row defeating the Pine Bluff Lady Zebras 52-39 on Tuesday night in 6A South conference action at Benton Arena. The win improves the Lady Panthers to 8-0 in conference, keeping Benton in first place in front of Texarkana (7-1).
The Lady Panthers (16-6, 8-0 6A South) didnâ€™t score in the first three minutes of the game, but got things going when senior Brooke Million hit three 3-pointers to help Benton take a 12-6 lead after the first quarter.
BENTON â€“ Benton Panthers senior shortstop Brooks Balisterri signed a letter of intent to play for former Panthersâ€™ pitcher, now major-league ace, Cliff Leeâ€™s first college before becoming an Arkansas Razorback. Balisterri signed with the Meridian Eagles out of Meridian, Miss., the heart of SEC country, on Wednesday at Benton Arena and hopes his path becomes similar to Leeâ€™s.
BRYANT â€“ Current Bryant Hornets senior basketball player Quinten Motto will be trading his sneakers in for cleats when he graduates from high school. Motto signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Vernon Chaparrals, a junior college out of Vernon, Texas, on Wednesday in the Bryant Gym.
Signing to pitch for the Chaparrals, a mascot that resembles a road runner, the right-handed Motto has yet to pitch in a varsity high school game, but he played in a couple summer leagues this past year and Vernon liked what it saw.
HASKELL - Harmony Groveâ€™s woes continued on Tuesday night when Fountain Lake came to town. Losing to the Cobras for the second time this season, the Lady Cardinalsâ€™ skid hit four straight games without a win after losing on Tuesday 48-33. The Lady Cobras beat Harmony Grove earlier in the year 50-33.
The Lady Cardinals came into Tuesday night with another streak on their shoulders that they hoped would be lifted. For three straight games, the Lady Cardinals had shot under 25 percent from the floor.