3A/4A This Week 1.9.17

Photo by Randy Moll Prairie Grove senior Isaac Disney has missed the past five games with a torn labrum. In this shot from last January, Disney  puts one up under the basket while defended by Cole Cripps, Gentry junior, and Matt Juilleratt, Gentry senior, during play between the two teams in Gentry on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.
Photo by Randy Moll
Prairie Grove senior Isaac Disney has missed the past five games with a torn labrum. In this shot from last January, Disney puts one up under the basket while defended by Cole Cripps, Gentry junior, and Matt Juilleratt, Gentry senior, during play between the two teams in Gentry on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.

Looking ahead to this week, there are a couple of matchups to watch in 3A/4A District 1 play.

On the boys side, Prairie Grove travels to Pea Ridge on Tuesday. The Blackhawks are one of three unbeaten teams in league play at 7-0 and 12-1 overall while the Tigers are 7-7 overall, but 6-1 in the district. Gravette (8-0) and Huntsville (2-0) also are undefeated in district play.

On Friday, Berryville (5-6, 0-1) will be looking for an upset rival Huntsville (14-2) while Pea Ridge travels to West Fork (10-5).

As for key girls games, one to watch will be Tuesday when undefeated West Fork (14-0, 6-0) gets a test against Shiloh Christian (5-9, 2-5) and standout sophomore Lia Enos.

On Friday, Berryville (9-9) at Huntsville (9-7) is usually worth the price of admission with strong, well-coached players on both teams. In addition, Pea Ridge and West Fork hook up for the third time this season. The Lady Tigers won the first two meetings by single digits.

Here’s a closer look at what’s been going on around the area:

Disney to Miss Baseball

Senior guard Isaac Disney will wait until the end of basketball season to have surgery on the torn labrum in his shoulder.

Disney, a three-sport athlete, will miss baseball season for the Tigers but should be ready to play college football in the fall. Disney has received a handful of scholarship offers for football, including one from Henderson State.

Disney, a 6-foot guard, has missed five games for the Tigers after hurting his shoulder in game at Greenland. Prairie Grove will play three games this week, including Wednesday’s makeup game at home against Lincoln.

“The doctor said I already had a slight tear when I hurt it again against Greenland,” Disney said. “I’m going to play through it for basketball, but I’ll miss baseball and that’s unfortunate. I want to be ready to go again for football when I start college.”

Disney was the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Division II Player of the Year in football after leading Prairie Grove to a 12-1 record. He caught 32 passes for 804 yards and 11 touchdowns and intercepted six passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns.

— Rick Fires • @NWARick

Who’s the Boss?

Gentry junior Hannah Boss already was one of the better players in the league last season, but she’s displayed even more versatility as an offensive playmaker this season.

“She’s worked very hard to round out her game,” said Gentry coach Toby Tevebaugh. “Last year, she was strictly catch it on the block, turn and shoot. This year, we’ve let her handle the ball and she can drive pretty good. She’s got a pretty three and she’s really rounded out her game well.”

The 5-foot-10 forward scored her team’s first nine points of the fourth quarter of a 48-46 loss against Gravette last Tuesday. She led all scorers with 22 points in the game.

“She’s a great kid,” Tevebaugh said. “After every game, she comes to me, no matter what, and wants to know her personal evaluation and what she needs to take away from each game to improve and get better.”

— Mike Capshaw • @NWACappy

Young Gun

One of the most explosive young players in Northwest Arkansas has been Gravette’s Cally Kildow. Only a freshman, Kildow is averaging a team-best 15.3 points per game.

“Cally’s a scorer,” said Lady Lions coach Will Pittman. “She’s going to figure out a way to get to the basket and get some points because she’s such a good athlete.”

Kildow impressed Gentry’s Tevebaugh with her overall upside.

“She’s really quick,” Tevebaugh said. “She has a little jump-back, step-back move. She’s a well-rounded player, can use her right and left (hand). There wasn’t much that I didn’t see her be able to do.

“She’s just a ninth grader, so there’s no telling how good she’s going to be before it’s all said and done.”

— Mike Capshaw • @NWACappy

Dirty Job

Gravette senior Stephanie Pinter is leading her team with 6.3 rebounds per game, but none were bigger than the two defensive boards she pulled down in the final minute of a two-point win at Gentry.

Pinter has hit 44 percent of her field goals, but is only averaging 3.5 points per game. Scoring is not the 6-0 forward’s role as much as her contributions as a rebounder and defender against the opponent’s top inside scoring threat.

“That’s her job for us and she’s a senior for us, so she understands that,” Pittman said. “I tell her, ‘You do the dirty work.’ That’s what we expect out of you and she relishes that role.

“She didn’t do a good job of it early (against Gentry) but as the game went along, she did do that and she got those rebounds for us and those were huge.”

— Mike Capshaw • @NWACappy

Walk like a (Wo)Man

Pea Ridge’s Heath Neal had to switch up his nutrition and workout plan after switching from a boys assistant to girls head coach this season.

“Boys want to look muscular, and fit, and tone, where girls don’t want to look like men, which is very understandable,” Neal said. “And we don’t want them to look like men. We want them to look like athletes.

“That’s a teaching thing for them, we want them to be in shape, so we have to teach them how to eat and teach them how to take care of their bodies the right way, along with the conditioning and the exercises that we put the through.”

— Mike Capshaw • @NWACappy

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Mike primarily covers Fayetteville and Farmington.
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