It was an up-and-down week for both of Bentonville’s basketball teams as they used a three-game schedule to catch up with the rest of the teams in the 7A-West Conference as far as games played.
Will that trend continue when they continue league play with the normal schedule?
Bentonville will be on the road for the third time in four conference games Tuesday night when both teams travel to Springdale High, then will return home Friday night against Rogers High.
Bentonville enters Tuesday’s game hoping it can keep pace with Springdale Har-Ber after the Wildcats claimed a 61-42 win Friday night and claimed sole possession of first place in the 7A-West standings.
Meanwhile, the Tigers (6-9, 2-1) opened conference play on an impressive note with a 67-47 victory at home against Van Buren. Bentonville then made the most of a makeup game with a 56-44 victory Saturday at Fayetteville, marking only the second time the Tigers have defeated the Purple’Dogs since 2006.
Senior guard Jordan Hemphill has emerged as Bentonville’s offensive leader, leading the scoring in all three games last week. That included a double-double against Fayetteville, where Hemphill had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.
Meanwhile, the Tigers will go against a Springdale team that is currently tied with them for second place. The Red’Dogs handed Bentonville West its first conference loss, thanks to Justin Bilyeu’s off-balance jumper with 3 seconds remaining.
Bentonville’s girls have gone through a season of ups and downs, and 7A-West Conference play has been no different.
The Lady Tigers (8-8, 1-2) opened 7A-West play at home with a 57-42 loss to Van Buren, but they bounced back Friday night with a 54-46 victory at Springdale Har-Ber behind a season-high 24 points by Krista Clark. Bentonville then jumped out to a 7-0 lead against Fayetteville but scored only 15 more points in a 58-22 loss to the Lady Purple’Dogs.
Bentonville needs a win Tuesday in order to move back into the upper half of the 7A-West standings, but it has to do it against a Springdale team which rolled to a 53-26 victory at Bentonville West.