BRYANT - Benton and Bryant matched up for the softball version of the Salt Bowl as both softball teams battled for bragging rights on Tuesday night at Bishop Park.
With rain threatening game play, both teams came out hot on defense.
Bryant starting pitcher Peyton Jenkins shut down the Lady Panthers bats in the top of the first with a three-and-out performance including two strikeouts looking.
EL DORADO â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers escaped with a 54-49 overtime victory over the Jonesboro Lady Hurricane on Tuesday in the first round of the 6A State Playoffs in El Dorado. The South No. 1 seed Lady Panthers(22-7) were down two points with 4.5 seconds left in regulation against the No. 8 seed Lady Hurricane.
â€śTheyâ€™re not your normal No. 8 seed,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śTheyâ€™re pretty dad gum athletic and pretty good. We had a 10-point lead in the second half and instead of building on it, we let them get back into it.â€ť
It was a tale of two halves as the Bryant Lady Hornets lost 45-36 to the Little Rock Central Lady Tigers in the regular season finale for both teams in 7A Central action on Friday in the Central Fieldhouse. The Lady Hornets will be the No. 4 seed out of the Central and will play No. 5 seed Bentonville out of the West in the state tournament.
Up by five points at the half, the Bryant Hornets shot 22 percent in the second half and fell 43-41 to the Little Rock Central Tigers in the last regular-season game of the year at Central Fieldhouse on Friday. Since North Little Rock defeated Van Buren, the Hornets will have the No. 3 seed going into the 7A State Tournament in Cabot next week.
After two free throws by Centralâ€™s Kerry Young and long 3-pointer from Kyle Nelson, the Tigers took a 39-33 lead with 6:57 left in the game.
When the word â€śteamâ€ť 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.
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.
â€śI visited there and they just seemed like a big happy family,â€ť Emmerling said of Henderson State. â€ś[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.â€ť
DUMAS â€“ The Bauxite Miners knew Wednesdayâ€™s task of facing the No. 1 seed Pine Bluff Dollarway wasnâ€™t going to be easy. What they didnâ€™t know was how unlikely the first quarter of their 61-35 season-ending loss would be.
â€śI would like to take back the first quarter,â€ť said head coach Mark Smith. â€śOur deal is we donâ€™t have the ability to offensive rebound.â€ť
Smith said his teamâ€™s lack of size also prevents the Miners (14-15) from keeping their opponents from offensive rebounding and itâ€™s been a problem all season.
DUMAS â€“ 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.
â€śI 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,â€ť said Bauxite head coach Joshua Harrison.
BRYANT â€“ 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.
EL DORADO â€“ 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.
â€śI think we played about as bad as we could possibly play,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śWe missed a lot of easy shots and we didnâ€™t have the intensity that we needed. We didnâ€™t play with any urgency. It just wasnâ€™t a very good ball game.â€ť