Bryant’s Adams named to all-tourney team

Three members of the Bryant girls basketball team were honored last week by the Arkansas Activities Association.

Sophomore McKenzie Adams was named to the 2011 7A All-Tournament Team.

Head coach Blake Condley said that, although the Lady Hornets lost in the first round to Rogers, Adams scored half of the team’s points in their only game of the tournament.

“She played very aggressively,” he said. “We were in a position where other girls didn’t score well, and she did.”

Adams scored 22 points during the Mounties’ 65-45 victory. During the season, she led the team in scoring, averaging 17 points per game.

Also, Adams was named to the 7A Central All-Conference Team, along with senior Abbi Stearns and junior London Abernathy.

Stearns, this year’s lone senior, lead the Lady Hornets in rebounds, averaging eight per game.

“She just has a knack for finding the ball off the glass,” Condley said. “I think she’s leaving as one of the most successful classes we’ve had in the past 8 to 10 years.”

Condley described Abernathy as “one of those kids you’re happy to have on your team.”

“London was a constant for us,” he said, adding that she “always gave us everything she had every minute of every game.”

Condley said, “Even in practice, she always gave the same. She’s always got a smile on her face and is happy to come in to the gym.”

The Lady Hornets ended with a season record of 18-9 (5-9 7A Central.) While Condley and his squad didn’t go as far in the state tournament as they wanted, he knows the seeds are sewn for next year’s squad as four of the five starters will be returning.

“We’ve got a core group of players that will be back,” he said.

Along with Abernathy and Adams, starters junior Breanna Blundell and sophomore Kiara Moore will return.

“Also, our girls on the bench will be getting better,” Condley said. “They’re hard workers and good kids.
“We’ve got a bright future out of these kids.”