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 yearâ€™s Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals and most of all, this yearâ€™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.
MALVERN â€“ The Bauxite Minersâ€™ 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.
â€śThis time of year itâ€™s a one-game season,â€ť Bauxite Coach Mark Smith said. â€śItâ€™s game to game and our guys, our seniors, we told them if you donâ€™t want your career to be over, youâ€™ve got to step it up.â€ť
MALVERN â€“ It wasnâ€™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.
BENTON â€“ 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 teamâ€™s 14th consecutive victory and improved to 12-0 in the 6A South.
â€śFair is way down,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śWe got through and didnâ€™t have any injuries so mission accomplished.â€ť
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals came into Tuesday nightâ€™s opening round of the 5-3A South District Tournament in control of their own fate. There was only one problem standing in their way and that was the Lady Eagles from Cutter Morning Star, a team Harmony Grove narrowly escaped with a win on the road just a few days ago.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Glen Rose Beavers came into the first round of the 5-3A District Tournament at Episcopal (Little Rock) with nothing to lose and everything to gain as they tried to play spoiler and keep their season alive. But, there would be no fireworks on the Glen Rose side as Fountain Lake narrowly got past the Beavers 44-42.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets swim team finished in second place at the Central Arkansas Invitational swim and dive meet this past Saturday. The Lady Hornets scored 267 points behind Conway High Schoolâ€™s 535 points. The Bryant boys finished in sixth place with a total of 158, the Benton Panthers finished in 13th place (29.5) and the Lady Panthers came in 12th with 41 points.
HASKELL - The Harmony Grove Cardinals have seen their fair share of ups and downs this season. But when it come to beating a rival like Glen Rose, it is all ups for the moment. Earlier in the season, the Cardinals dominated the Beavers on the road, winning huge 60-36. At the time, that was the Cardinalsâ€™ second win of the season.
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