RIVALRY RENEWED: Harmony Grove and Glen Rose back in same conference

Sports rivalries in Saline County have been apart of the counties history for many years. From Benton and Bryant to Bauxite and Glen Rose, Rivalries run deep in the blood of Central Arkansas sports.
But one that may get overlooked is that of Harmony Grove and Glen Rose. Two teams that have battled in the same conference for years until both moved to different divisions a few years ago. But now the rivalry has been reborn since both schools have joined back up in the 3A South. They have been given a new beginning. And most of all, they have brought back the excitement of a county rivalry that fans love to enjoy.

This Friday night, Harmony Grove and Glen Rose will lock horns once again in the first basketball matchup between the two this season. The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals, who are coming off of a much needed conference win on Tuesday, will open the senior high portion of the contest at 6:30 p.m. at Glen Rose. Harmony Grove got past Cutter Morning Star on Tuesday night at home with a 45-32 victory. Morgan Ramsey led the Lady Cardinals with 11 points on the night.

But Glen Rose is not Cutter. They are fierce and very competitive. They have great ball handling skills at the guard position and are overall smart with the basketball.

Shooting well is also a big key for Glen Rose and how they succeed on the floor.

For Harmony Grove, they have been trying to find themselves as a team all season. With four seniors leading the way, 2012 has not lived up to the hype that everyone thought it might heading into the season.
Over the past few weeks, the Lady Cardinals have been able to muster some much needed wins, including victories over Cutter and Episcopal. But, they have also lost to Arkansas Baptist, Fountain Lake and Jessieville in conference play.

Even with the struggles so far this season, head coach John White has not changed his game plan.

“We are going to go in [to Glen Rose] and be aggressive,” White said. “We are going to try and take advantage of what they give us and we are going to compete.”

The Lady Cardinals will tip things off beginning at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
For the senior high boys, this season has been everything but good. With only one win in 16 tries, the Cardinals are struggling pretty bad. The Cardinals’ only win of the season came against Woodlawn back in November during the Bill Gibbs Memorial Tournament.

The Cardinals’ most recent defeat came at the hands of Cutter on Tuesday when they fell in an Eagles rout 61-24 to fall to 0-5 in conference play.

But, if there was ever a game that the Cardinals could get some momentum working, it is tonight at Glen Rose. But, the Cardinals have to do a better job overall if they are going to win.

Rebounding has been a huge key in the Cardinals’ struggles this season.
They allowed 37 to Cutter on Tuesday, including 15 on the offensive end of the floor.

“When you give a team that many extra shots, you are going to get beat,” head coach Richard Moore said. “You have to give Cutter credit because, in my opinion, they are the best team in the league and they do it with defense and rebounding.”

For Friday, Moore is looking forward to playing with better effort than they did against Cutter.

“We are going to have to play with a better effort and especially on the glass,” Moore said. “Rebounding is one of those things that is very easy to control with effort. But Glen Rose is going to be ready for a fight and it is going to be a good hard fought ball game.”

The Cardinals will battle with the Beavers tonight following the senior girls game. Opening tip is set for 8 p.m.