Heather Hunsucker’s Lady Red’Dogs rebounded from Tuesday’s loss to Springdale Har-Ber with a 60-45 win against Bentonville West. The win moves Springdale to 12-11 overall and 6-4 in 7A-West play.
Marquesha Davis led all scorers with 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting and seven rebounds. Jeniya Gause and Sarah Vogel each added 10 points in the win as well. A big week lies ahead of Springdale. Hunsucker will need contributions all around.
The Red’Dogs came up short twice last week against Har-Ber and Bentonville West at home. Springdale gave up a pair of double-digit leads to the Wildcats in a 55-49 loss to Har-Ber and struggled to find a rhythm offensively against the Wolverines.
After one quarter Friday, Springdale and West were tied at 1. Kamond Robinson’s free throw with 1:36 left in the first was the Red’Dogs’ only offense the first eight minutes. Carl Fitch, who scored a team-high 10, added the game’s first bucket with just under 7 to play in the first half. West outscored Springdale 17-7 in the fourth quarter Friday.
Here is what’s happening at Springdale High this week:
Springdale’s road to a state tournament berth gets even tougher this week as a trip to Bentonville (13-10, 8-2) looms Tuesday. The Tigers cruised to a 50-35 win in the first round of league play behind 20 points from Jordan Hemphill.
Fitch, though, held his own against Hemphill with 20 points of his own. Justin Bilyeu, Springdale’s second leading scorer, and point guard Edwin Aquino were held scoreless in the loss.
A steady second scoring option would do wonders for Springdale (6-16, 3-7). Fitch has scored in double figures in 9 of 10 league games. The rest of the roster has recorded just five such games – 3 from Bilyeu, 2 from Aquino. Fitch has been the only Red’Dog in double figures the last three games.
Van Buren (13-10, 6-4) will roll in Friday. Springdale fell to the Pointers, 42-35, in overtime in the first half of league play. Fitch scored just six points in the game while Bilyeu scored a team-high 11 and Oscar Iraheta added 9.
With 13 points Friday vs. West, Davis has scored in double figures in all 10 league games for Hunsucker’s club. Springdale, though, will need Vogel and Gause to provide more offense this week as Bentonville and Van Buren await.
Springdale blew a double digit fourth-quarter lead to Bentonville at home and fell 52-32 at Van Buren earlier in league play. This week is vital for Springdale in terms of state tournament seeding.
Bentonville is fresh off Friday’s home loss to Har-Ber while Van Buren put away Rogers Heritage by 36. Lauren Hargus and Krista Clark were big for the Lady Tigers against Springdale in round one, scoring 16 points each. Van Buren’s star guard Jamilyn Kinney scored just nine points in the first meeting, but finished with 12 assists.
Vogel is averaging 8 points in her last 8 games. She scored 10 points against Bentonville in the first round of league of 4 of 8 from the floor. Davis, at the time, recorded her third double-double in four conference games with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Destiny Jackson, who returned Friday after missing the Har-Ber game, scored 9 points against West. Her 3-point shooting could provide a lift this week.