Har-Ber sophomore Tylor Perry drove the lane in the final seconds of overtime Friday at Bentonville High, tossing a layup softly off the glass. The result? Sole possession of first place in the 7A-West.
Perry scored a game-high 25 points, including the game-winner in an overtime thriller over the Tigers. Har-Ber rallied from 17 points down in the win. Tyler Garrett added 16 points, and is averaging a touch over 16 in his last three games. Now, Har-Ber has to avoid two losses over its final four games to earn a conference title.
Jaime Green’s Lady Wildcats are rolling, too. Har-Ber is 2-0 since the long-awaited return of junior guard Maci Mains, who scored a game-high 20 points Friday in a road win over Bentonville. Guard Savanna Collins, who injured her knee in a loss to Rogers High, also returned in Friday’s win and added six points.
The Lady Wildcats moved from out of state tournament contention to in the field thanks to two big road wins last week.
Here is what’s happening at Springdale Har-Ber this week:
Riding high after two emotional road wins last week, Har-Ber returns home to host Bentonville West, who won a low-scoring, defensive contest at Springdale Friday, 37-28, to keep its state tournament hopes very much alive.
Har-Ber (18-6, 9-1) won the teams’ first meeting handily, 75-49, behind another stellar game from Perry. The sophomore scored 21 points, grabbed six rebounds and finished with 7 assists and two steals the first time around. Guard Ryan Taylor pitched in 16 points on four 3-pointers as well.
The Wildcats will travel to Fayetteville to cap the week. The Purple’Dogs gave the Wildcats a scare at home in the first round of league play, knocking down 8 first-quarter 3-pointers. Har-Ber won in overtime, 60-59.
Taylor led Har-Ber with 14 points in the first meeting, Perry added 13 and Zane King 12. Perry is averaging 17.7 points per night in league play. Garrett is up to 11.3 after Friday. Overall, Har-Ber has won 13 of its last 14 games.
Just ask Jaime Green – Har-Ber is a different club with Maci Mains. Mains returned for the first time in conference play Tuesday at Springdale in a big win, then added 20 points at Bentonville Friday. Har-Ber moved to 14-10 and 4-6 in the 7A-West after a 2-0 week.
A chance to grab another win comes Tuesday at home against West (3-19, 1-9), who fell 60-45 to Springdale Friday. Har-Ber will then test itself against conference-leading Fayetteville Friday on the road. The Lady Purple’Dogs ran away with a 63-36 win Jan. 20.
Mains is averaging 14 points per game since her return last week. Har-Ber rode its bigs in the win at Springdale and the 3-pointer in Friday’s win. The Lady Wildcats amassed just 25 points in a loss to Rogers to open the second half of league play.
But, in the last two wins, Har-Ber’s offense is scoring at a 54 point per game clip. Mains provides a calming influence over Green’s club and gets everyone involved. Eight players scored in the Springdale win, seven in the win Friday.