After stumbling through the middle of the first half of conference play, Springdale High closed round one on a positive note Friday night.
Jeremy Price’s Red’Dogs handed Rogers High a 19-point loss on the road, and the Lady Red’Dogs edged a solid Lady Mounties club. Edwin Aquino led Springdale’s boys with 14 points, his second consecutive league game in double figures after no-such games in his first five. Carl Fitch added 12 in the win.
Lady Red’Dogs sophomore Marquesha Davis scored a team-high 10 points in Friday’s win. But balance was the bigger story as seven players scored 6-plus points, counteracting Elise Randels’ 26-point game.
Here is what’s going on at Springdale High this week:
Springdale will resume 7A-West play Friday after an off night for the league Tuesday. The Red’Dogs travel to Rogers Heritage, who Springdale held scoreless over the final seven minutes of regulation in their first matchup to earn a 45-33 win.
Fitch scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win and Justin Bilyeu added 11 points, five rebounds. Heritage will be coming off a loss to wrap up round one of 7A-West play. The War Eagles fell to Springdale Har-Ber 52-38 on Friday.
Aquino, coach Jeremy Price said, scored by far his most points in the pain of any game this season at Rogers last week. Price needed his guards to play well, and they delivered. Aquino led Springdale with 14 points, but Oscar Iraheta, Joe Jibke and Kamond Robinson combined for 20 important points.
The Red’Dogs will welcome in rival and conference-leading Har-Ber next Tuesday.
Marquesha Davis said Springdale’s gameplan was to limit the touches and shots of Rogers’ Elise Randels and Madison Sandor. Randels finished with a monster night, but Sandor was limited to just five points in the Lady Red’Dogs’ win last Friday.
Springdale moved to 4-3 in 7A-West play and into a three-way tie with the Lady Mounties and Bentonville with the win. It was also Springdale’s third conference road win in four tries.
The Lady Red’Dogs will travel to Rogers Heritage Friday. The Lady War Eagles fell at Har-Ber 58-24 Friday and currently sit at 0-7 in conference. Davis scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the first meeting. The 18 rebounds is two shy of a 27-year-old Springdale High rebounding record.
Destiny Jackson, after a 20-point night against Fayetteville last week, followed with nine at Rogers.