Lady Hornets cruise before big match

The Bryant Lady Hornets had no problem in dispensing of the El Dorado Lady Wildcats on Tuesday night at the Bryant Gym. The Lady Hornets (9-3, 5-0 7A/6A South) swept the Wildcats 3-0 (25-9, 25-8, 25-4).
"I'm so proud of the girls [Tuesday] night because they did not play down," Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. "Our serves were back last night. We had been struggling. Aubree Allen has come in and helped up with Kenzie's (McKenzie Rice) shoulder injury. We're slowing getting [Rice] back into the game."
Senior Alyssa Anderson led the team in kills with seven, and seniors Courtney Davidson and Brooke Howell each had six. Senior McKenzie Rice, who had missed the previous week with a shoulder injury, played on a limited basis and had two kills.
Howell also had 10 aces to lead the team, followed by setter and sister of McKenzie, Hanna, who had nine aces. Junior Aubree Allen had seven aces.
Hannah Rice, who usually has over 20 assists per match, only had six assists, but didn’t get much of an opportunity for assists as the Lady Wildcats' unforced errors led to many mistakes. Rice added three kills.
The Lady Hornets’ junior varsity also had no trouble with the El Dorado JV. Bryant won 2-0 (25-7, 25-10).
Aubree Allen and Emily Henson had four kills apiece to lead Bryant and Erica Smith added two. Setter Mercedes Dillard had 10 assists. Smith and Madison Greeno each led the team with three service aces and Henson, Dillard and Allen each had two aces.
The Lady Hornets' varsity will take on rival Benton Lady Panthers on Thursday in Benton.