For most schools throughout the state, the Christmas and New Yearâ€™s holidays mean time off from homework, class and sports for athletes. But, not for the Harmony Grove senior high basketball teams. Both teams got back to work on Tuesday night, one day before even returning to school full time. The Lady Cardinals kicked the night off with a 3A conference match up against Episcopal. And what a Happy New Year it was for the Lady Cardinals, as they beat the Lady Wildcats 47-24.
The Bauxite Lady Miners came back from a big first-half deficit to defeat the Maumelle Lady Hornets 61-49 on Tuesday in 7-4A conference action at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite. The Lady Miners were outscored 14-7 in the first quarter.
Down 18-9 early in the second quarter, junior Mary Crow led the Lady Miners back. Crow hit a short jump shot at the 6:30 mark to spark a 5-0 run to make it an 18-14 Lady Hornets lead with 5:20 left. Maumelle (10-6, 2-1 7-4A) scored four straight points capped by a Daysha Ross 5-foot jumper to make it 22-14 with 4:15 left.
The Harmony Grove senior high girls basketball team got back to work on Tuesday when they traveled to Carlisle for the Carlisle Christmas Tournament. The Lady Cardinals got things under way against Maumelle, but the outcome was not very good as they fell 55-39 Tuesday morning.
â€śIt was a sloppy, early-morning game,â€ť head Lady Cardinalsâ€™ Coach John White said. â€śBoth teams finally settled in later on.â€ť
The Bauxite Lady Miners came back from their week and a half break and lost 60-49 to the Magnet Cove Lady Panthers on Tuesday in the Jessieville Christmas Classic in Jessieville.
â€śWe didnâ€™t play really well,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. â€śMagnet Cove played with a lot of effort and intensity [Tuesday] and we didnâ€™t match theirs today.â€ť
The Lady Miners (9-4) didnâ€™t have a problem scoring in the first quarter finishing with 19 points, but defensively, Bauxite couldnâ€™t stop Magnet Cove, allowing it to score 18 points in the opening quarter.
This whole not having Albert Pujols retire with the St. Louis Cardinals thing keeps getting easier and easier. It was announced on Thursday that former Cardinal killer Carlos Beltran signed with St. Louis on Thursday with the signing being announced sometime after the holidays.
A free agent outfielder who most recently played for the San Francisco Giants after being traded from the New York Mets last year, Beltran hit a combined .300 for the two teams with 22 home runs and 84 RBIs in 142 games.
The Bryant Hornets used a 27-0 run to rout the North Pulaski Falcons 67-24 on Tuesday in the opening game of the Red Devil Classic at Jacksonville High School. The Hornets also hit 61 percent of their shots and held the Falcons to just 31 percent shooting.
The Bauxite Lady Miners improved to 2-0 in the 7-4A conference with a 49-44 victory over the Nashville Lady Scrappers on Friday night at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite.
â€śIt was a good game,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. â€śIt was closely contested. They jumped on us early.â€ť
The Lady Miners (9-3, 2-0) scored the first two baskets of the game, but the Lady Scrappers ended up taking a 13-6 lead after the first quarter.
Bauxite picked up the defense to take a 20-17 halftime lead.
The Bryant Hornets defeated their rival Benton Panthers 48-39 on Nov. 22 earlier this season at Benton arena. The Hornetsâ€™ win was the first over the Panthers since 2005, but tonightâ€™s Saline County Shootout in Bryant may have a different result than the first meeting.
The Panthers (7-2) were without junior guards Quin Allen and Thaddeus Caffery due to injury in the first game. Since their return, the Panthers have gone 6-1, losing to a very good Cabot Panthers team, and Caffery has led the team in scoring.
Imagine yourself as one of the biggest fans in a sports teams history.
A die-hard fan as many would put it. Imagine your team drafting the best player to ever play his sport in the 13th round with the 402nd pick. You may already know where this is going.
Coming into the 2011 high school basketball season, it was unclear as to how both Harmony Grove teams would perform. The senior girls came in with a ton of senior talent from Morgan Ramsey, Macy Coffee and Torie Simmons. For the boys, they did not look near as good on paper. With fair guard play but lacking size, head coach Richard Moore was not sure exactly how the year would play out.