BRYANT â After the Bryant Lady Hornets came up with the upset victory over their Benton counterparts, the Hornets couldnât duplicate the feat as the Benton Panthers swept Bryant this season and took the Saline County Shootout trophy with a 73-60 win over Bryant on Wednesday night at the Hornetsâ Nest in Bryant.
âThe good thing about it is, number one it was a sweep of Bryant,â Benton Coach Dwaine Fishburn said, ânumber two, now weâre in sole possession of first place, and number three, weâre defending conference champions.â
BRYANT â After Lady Panther junior Braxton Chumley hit two free throws with 6.3 seconds left to give Benton a 50-49 lead, junior Lady Hornet guard Jakeria Otey dribbled down the left side of the court, drove to the bucket and was the recipient of a foul call as time expired. Otey calmly hit both free throws to give Bryant the 51-50 upset victory over rival Benton in the Saline County Shootout Wednesday night to make up for Tuesdayâs postponement due to inclement weather.
BENTON â Benton senior wide receiver J.V. Davis will be joining some fellow Panthers on the football field soon. Davis signed a letter of intent to play for the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys on Wednesday afternoon at the Benton Sports Complex field house to join former Panthers Wallace Foote and Chase Pigue.
BENTON â Just as in their blowout loss at El Dorado (49-25) on Tuesday, the Benton Lady Panthers held a three-point lead at halftime against the Pine Bluff Fillies at Benton Arena on Tuesday, but couldnât hold on and fell 38-36 in 7A/6A South Conference play.
âWe just had a couple things not go our way,â Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. âIt was a battle right there to the end. We were down, fought hard and gave ourselves a chance to tie and win it, we just didnât make it happen there at the end.â
ASHDOWN â The Bauxite Miners defeated the Ashdown Panthers 58-50 on the road to snap a five-game losing streak in 7-4A Conference play on Tuesday.
âWe started off kind of slow,â Bauxite Coach Andy Brakebill said. âThe body language was kind of iffy. Itâs one of those deals you lose five in a row and your confidence is shaken. It was almost like, âOh no, here we go again.â We finally got to clicking a little bit better.â
EL DORADO â After an uninspiring first half of play, the Benton Panthers took it to the El Dorado Wildcats 65-39 in 7A/6A South Conference play on Tuesday night in El Dorado. The Panthers improve to 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the South.
âI thought the first half, rebounding-wise, we were very lackadaisical,â Benton Coach Dwaine Fishburn said. âWe let their athleticism get to us. They hit the boards hard against us. I was disappointed by our defensive rebounding.
âWe werenât hungry or played with a purpose in the first half.â
HASKELL -- The Harmony Grove Cardinals (15-4 6-3) gave up 21 points on turnovers in their 53-47 loss to Mayflower (11-3 8-1) on Friday night at the Daniel Henley Fieldhouse. After falling to the Eagles earlier in the season, 54-52, the Cardinals hoped for revenge, but the athleticism and guard play of Mayflower was too much in the loss.
BRYANT â Junior guard Jakeria Otey started and finished the game by missing two free throws for the Bryant Lady Hornets, but in between she put on solid offensive display scoring 18 points to help lift the Hornets to a 43-38 win against the Texarkana Razorbacks in a conference game at home in Bryant Friday night.
The win improved the Lady Hornets to 2-3 in conference play and 6-9 overall. Texarkana started the game off quickly by taking a 9-3 lead early in the game that forced Bryant Head Coach Brad Matthews to take a timeout.
TEXARKANA â The Benton Panthers picked up an important road victory on Tuesday night upending the Arkansas High Razorbacks 58-42 in Texarkana.
âIâm very pleased our guards are coming along,â Benton Coach Dwaine Fishburn said. âIn over 25 years, Iâve never coached a team that has this low turnovers as this group has. Weâre only averaging five to six turnovers a game and thatâs remarkable.â
Benton (12-5, 3-1 South) would lead 12-9 after the first quarter before expanding their lead to 30-17 over the Razorbacks at halftime.
SHERIDAN â Up by eight points early in the second half, the Bryant Lady Hornets couldnât hold on as they lost 56-51 to the Sheridan Lady Jackets in 7A/6A South Conference play in Sheridan on Tuesday night.
Junior guard Jakeria Otey scored a season-high 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting from the field, and senior forward Aubree Allen double-doubled with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but despite playing solid defense, Bryant couldnât stop Sheridanâs Kadesha Cooper down the stretch in the loss.