SHERIDAN â€“ Up by eight points early in the second half, the Bryant Lady Hornets couldnâ€™t 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 couldnâ€™t stop Sheridanâ€™s Kadesha Cooper down the stretch in the loss.
BAUXITE - On Friday, two girlsâ€™ basketball teams with equally dismal records in 7-4A action met up for a game. Both teams recently suffered similar fates against Malvern. Arkansas Baptist used the first few minutes of this game to secure a lead that they would not relinquish for the rest of the night. It would be the Lady Eagles of Arkansas Baptist leaving with a hard-fought prize, winning by a score of 56 - 43.
BENTON â€“ After winning their first two 7A/6A South Conference games by an average of 44.5 points, thanks to a 74-9 rout of Fair on Tuesday, the Benton Lady Panthers didnâ€™t let up on Friday night in another rout, this one a 51-23 victory over the Sheridan Lady Jackets at Benton Arena.
BRYANT â€“ It wasnâ€™t exactly the way Bryant Hornetsâ€™ Coach Mike Abrahamson drew up the play, but C.J. Rainey found a way to achieve the desired result.
Rainey took a pass on the right side of the floor, curled into the lane and hit a layup with 6.6 seconds to go to tie the game at 43. His free throw after drawing contact gave the Hornets a 44-43 win over the Little Rock Fair Eagles on Friday. The Hornets defeated Pine Bluff 42-41 on Tuesday for their first 7A/6A South win.
BENTON â€“ It didnâ€™t start well for the Benton Panthers against their arch rival Bryant Hornets on Friday night at Benton Arena, but a 20-0 run from the end of the first quarter until the beginning of the third quarter propelled the Panthers to a 41-34 victory over the Hornets. It was both teamsâ€™ first 7A/6A South conference game of the season.
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BENTON â€“ It didn't start well for the Benton Panthers against their arch rival Bryant Hornets on Friday night at Benton Arena, but a 20-0 run from the end of the first quarter until the beginning of the third quarter propelled the Panthers to a 41-34 victory over the Hornets. It was both teams' first 7A/6A South conference game of the season.
HASKELL -- The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals (3-11 1-4) entered Friday nightâ€™s 5-3A conference game in dire need of a victory of any kind. After losing nine straight contests, the Lady Cardinals welcomed Little Rock Episcopal into town for Homecoming and walked away with an exciting 53-39 victory. The win snapped the losing streak and beat the Lady Wildcats for the fifth straight time under Head Coach John White.
POTTSVILLE â€“ After a rough loss to the Clinton Lady Yellowjackets in the final of the First Service Bank Classic in Clinton almost a week ago, the Bauxite Lady Miners got just what they needed going into the 7-4A Conference season next week. Bauxite defeated the Pottsville Lady Apaches 53-52 on Friday to improve to 8-4 on the season.
â€śIt was a battle,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. â€śIt was a good win for us after not playing well against Clinton.â€ť
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers and Greenbrier Lady Panthers faced off in the first game of the season in the first round of the Searcy Classic with Benton coming from behind to edge Greenbrier 44-43. Friday night, it looked much of the same with Benton holding on to a three-point lead going into the fourth. But just like their first matchup, the Lady Panthers would dominate the fourth quarter to get a 48-34 win over Greenbrier on Friday night at Benton Arena.
â€śThat was probably our best time together as a unit on the floor,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said of the fourth quarter.