7A-WEST GIRLS STANDINGS
Lady Tigers coach Kristina Henry could see both good and bad in her team getting an unexpected day off last week.
Bentonville (14-4, 11-0) had its home game Friday night against Rogers High called off because of inclement weather. That game has now been scheduled for May 9 at the Tiger Athletic Complex.
“It hurts because we could have planned something different as far as training if we knew we weren’t going to play,” Henry said. “We would also prefer not to play on in wet, sloppy conditions.
“On the good side, it allows us to be fresher for Tuesday’s game. The extra rest helps, especially this late in the season.”
Bentonville now turns its attention to Tuesday’s game against Rogers Heritage before closing out the regular season with a home game Friday against Fayetteville and the makeup game next week against Rogers. The Lady Tigers have already secured a first-round bye for next week’s state tournament at Springdale Har-Ber.
“We have to make sure that we remain focused and finish strong,” Henry said.
— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry
The Lady Bulldogs played a little version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on Thursday at Rogers Heritage.
Fayetteville came out slow in playing the Lady War Eagles to a 1-1 tie in the first half. Then Fayetteville woke up and showed its true colors in the second half, eventually rolling to a 5-1 win.
Lady Bulldogs coach Joe Thoma knows his team can’t afford any lulls once the 7A state tournament comes around.
“Heritage played well and deserved credit,” Thoma said. “But our girls see that and we talk about if they (Heritage) can play that well against us when we play like we did in the first half, then we can get beat.
“And we didn’t play that bad. We were just lollygagging a little bit.”
Fayetteville (13-3-1, 11-1) still has a chance at the No. 1 seed from the 7A-West, with games at home against Rogers and at Bentonville. The Lady Bulldogs would need to win out and would need a two goal win over Bentonville to take over the Lady Tigers for the top-seed tiebreaker.
Bentonville defeated Fayetteville earlier this year on PKs after the teams finish 0-0 in regulation.
— Vernon Tarver • @NWAVernon
The Lady War Eagles cruised through their bracket at the Central Missouri Invitational in Camdenton, Mo., outscoring three opponents by a combined scored of 17-0.
Senior Bailee Russell finished the weekend with six goals and three assists, while Emily Seiler had a hat trick in the 3-0 win over Hillsboro, Mo., in the finals.
Heritage coach Craig Frank said his team has always done well in Camdenton.
“We’ve won more than we’ve lost there and really we’re just using it for team bonding and to get some momentum for the state tournament,” Frank said.
Heritage (13-7, 6-6 7A-West) has lost three consecutive matches in conference play and will host league leader Bentonville on Tuesday. The Lady War Eagles finish league play at Springdale Har-Ber on Friday.
— Paul Boyd•@NWAPaulB
The Lady Mounties (6-11, 3-8 7A-West) have struggled to find the back of the net lately and because of that have lost four consecutive 7A-West Conference matches.
Rogers has been outscored by a combined score of 11-0 during that losing streak. The Lady Mounties finished up conference play this week by traveling to Fayetteville and hosting Springdale High.
— Paul Boyd•@NWAPaulB
Har-Ber had its game postponed on Friday, which forces the Lady Wildcats to play consecutive games this week.
Har-Ber will host Fort Smith Southside tonight before traveling to Fort Smith Northside for a game on Tuesday. Har-Ber (4-9, 4-7) then returns home to face Rogers Heritage on Friday.
Har-Ber coach Cory Butler said the busy week will help the Lady Wildcats prepare for the state tournament.
“It is always difficult to play back-to-back days, but we are going to have to do so next week,” Har-Ber coach Cory Butler said. “Therefore, we can just use it as a tune up for the playoffs.”
— Rick Fires • @NWARick
Springdale’s struggles continued last week.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-15-2, 0-11) lost 9-0 at conference-leading Bentonville on Tuesday. Opponents have outscored Springdale 49-4 in conference play with three games remaining.
Springdale’s game Friday against Fort Smith Northside was postponed because of weather and will need to be made up. The Lady Bulldogs also have remaining games against Fort Smith Southside and Rogers.
— Jimmy Carter • @NWAJimmy