Harmony Grove boys, girls drop fifth straight

Harmony Grove High School basketball has hit a snag over the past few weeks. Both senior high teams have not won a ball game since beating Woodlawn in the opening round of the Bill Gibbs Memorial Tournament on Nov. 29, which Harmony Grove hosted.
Since that win, the Lady Cardinals have fallen to Poyen, for the second time, Mt. Vernon-Enola, Arkansas Baptist and Mayflower. The boys have lost to all of those teams other than Poyen. The Cardinals lost to Perryville in that spot instead.
The season did not get any easier as both teams traveled to Fountain Lake for their third conference game of the year on Tuesday. Both teams are 0-2 thus far in conference. Both team’s woes continued as Harmony Grove dropped both games once again to drop to 0-3 in conference.
The Lady Cardinals started the night for the senior high. Fountain Lake forward Katie Lampo started the scoring with an easy inside bucket to put the Lady Cobras up 2-0 very early. After trading turnovers, the Lady Cardinals got on the board after a made bucket from Macy Coffee to knot things up at 2-2 early in the first.
The Lady Cardinals took their first lead of the game just moments later on a bucket from Morgan Ramsey to put her team up 2-4. That would not last long as Taylor Jeffress tied the game for the Lady Cobras at 4-4 with another easy layup.
The Lady Cobras then went on an 8-2 run to go up 12-6 with 40 seconds left in the opening quarter. Coffee scored to cut the Lady Cobras’ lead to 12-8 to end the first quarter.
The second quarter was exactly what the Lady Cardinals and head coach John White were not looking for as Fountain Lake finished off a 16-2 run, dating back to the first quarter, to go up big at 18-8 in the second.
Laura Britt hit a big 3-pointer to stop the bloodshed and to get her team to within seven at 18-11 with 5:16 left in the first half. Lampo hit another bucket soon after to make it a 20-11 advantage Lady Cobras following Britt’s 3-pointer.
The Lady Cobras ended the first half on a 10-5 run to take a 30-16 lead into the locker room.
The Lady Cobras blew the game open from there, scoring at will nearly every time down the floor. Down by 20 with 3:55 left in the third quarter, the Lady Cardinals tried to battle back, cutting the score to within 11 midway through the fourth at 39-28.
But, the Fountain Lake pressure was to much for the Lady Cardinals as they fell for the fifth straight time, 50-31. “They had a couple of girls that had a really good ball game,” White said.
“Their pressure inside forced us to be more perimeter oriented.”
Britt led the Lady Cardinals in scoring with 12, followed by Ramsey with five.
Ramsey did not shoot the ball near as well as she had been in the past couple of games and her shot selection was not what White was looking for at times.
“It didn’t come very easy for Ramsey tonight,” White said.
“I think a couple of those were frustration for her. She was having a tough night and decided to just shoot. It wasn’t the best decision, but I understand where she is coming from.”
Lampo put up 21 for the Lady Cobras.
Turnovers really hindered the Lady Cardinals again on Tuesday as they were forced to give the ball up 18 times.
“We had some inopportune turnovers at bad times,” White said. “A couple were unforced and when we were out there by ourself.”
The Lady Cardinals take to the road once again on Friday when they travel to Bismarck for their last game before Christmas break. Opening tip is set for 6:30 p.m.
The senior high boys ended the night, but not in a way that they would have liked, falling to Fountain Lake 57-29.
The Cardinals seemed to have things clicking in the first quarter as they took an early 8-4 lead before allowing the Cobras to battle back and tie things up at 8-8.
The Cardinals’ last lead of the night stalled at 10-9 followed by Fountain Lake shooting nearly lights out for the rest of the game to blow the Cardinals out and force the mercy rule into effect.
The Cobras led 30-16 at the half before taking an even more commanding lead at the end of three at 46-25 and later on to win 57-29.
“I don’t know what button to push,” head Cardinals’ coach Richard Moore said. “We were trying to do some different things defensively, but rebounding is not where it needs to be at all. I was really surprised that we gave up as many offensive rebounds as we did, again.”
Ryan Roush led the Cardinals in scoring with 11, including 3-4 from the 3-point line.
The Cardinals will take on Bismarck on the road on Friday following the senior girls game. Opening tip is set for around 8 p.m.