It’s getting near make or break time for the Fayetteville boys’ basketball team.
The Purple’Dogs (7-13, 2-6 7A-West) sit in 7th place in the conference standings and need to make a move to position themselves for one of the six postseason spots from the 7A-West.
Fayetteville visits Bentonville West on Tuesday and then hosts Rogers High on Friday. The Wolverines defeated Fayetteville, 59-48 at Bulldog Arena back on Jan. 10, while the Purple’Dogs handled the Mounties in Rogers, 78-53 on Jan. 13
Two wins this week would set Fayetteville up in much better position with two more weeks and four more games left. But anything less and the Purple’Dogs will find themselves probably needing some help the rest of the way.
The Fayetteville girls (21-2, 8-0 7A-West) have only been seriously tested twice in conference play. One of those came last week at Bentonville High, where the Lady Bulldogs had to grind out a 54-44 victory.
Fayetteville should have little problem Tuesday at Bentonville West, a team the Lady’Dogs beat 79-20 on Jan. 10. The Friday matchup could be a little tougher, as Rogers High is battling for a possible No. 3 seed in the league behind Fayetteville and Van Buren.
The Lady Purple’Dogs need to stay sharp the rest of the way. And with senior guard Kylee Coulter out for the season with her second torn ACL of her career, these next few weeks are important in finding ways to play without Coulter in the lineup.
While Coulter’s absence is definitely a hit, the return of senior Grayce Spangler sure helps. Spangler missed the first six weeks of the season with her own injury but the Arkansas commit appears to be back in full form now.
— Vernon Tarver