Heather Hunsucker and Jeremy Price’s young teams hit bumps in the road last week in 7A-West play.
The Lady Red’Dogs dropped their first two games in conference to Bentonville and Van Buren. Springdale led the Lady Tigers by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, but Lauren Hargus, Krista Clark and Avery Hughes took control in the final five minutes.
Springdale then held Van Buren’s star guard Jamilyn Kinney to nine points, but Lani Snowden scored a game-high 16 points in a 58-38 Lady Pointers win Friday.
Springdale forward Carl Fitch began his week with a 20-point effort in a loss to Bentonville Tuesday, but was held to just six points at Van Buren. The Red’Dogs fell in overtime, 45-38. Justin Bilyeu scored a team-high 11 points after a frustrating night against Bentonville. Oscar Iraheta also added nine points at Van Buren, a high in conference.
Here is what’s happening this week at Springdale High:
The Battle of the Bulldogs could be an interesting one Tuesday. Springdale needs a win to get back to .500 in 7A-West play while Fayetteville is desperate for a league win.
The Purple’Dogs took conference-leading Har-Ber to the wire in overtime, but a pair of putbacks with 5 seconds left fell short, dropping Fayetteville to 1-4 in conference.
Springdale fell to Bentonville, 50-35, last Tuesday behind 20 points from Jordan Hemphill. Fitch, though, went toe-to-toe with Hemphill, scoring 20 points for the second time in league play, carrying the Red’Dogs.
Aside from Fitch, Kamond Robinson is the only other Red’Dog to score in all five 7A-West games.
Springdale hosts Fayetteville Tuesday before traveling to Rogers (7-11, 0-5) Friday night.
After a tough home loss to Bentonville, Springdale’s schedule got no easier Friday. Hunsucker’s club went 0-2 last week and hopes to again find the consistency it played with the first week and a half of 7A-West play.
Fayetteville rolls in Tuesday undefeated in conference following a 27-point win at Har-Ber Friday. Springdale will count on a big effort from sophomore and leading scorer Marquesha Davis, who has scored in double figures in all five conference games.
Davis averaged 12 points per game last week for the Lady Red’Dogs, and Ashlyn Minchew and Haley Dougan also played two of their better games, giving Hunsucker 9 and 8.5 points per game, respectively.
An important trip to Rogers High follows on Friday. The Lady Mounties got 15 points from Elise Randels in a 45-44 win over Bentonville to cap last week, moving Rogers to 11-7 overall and 3-2 in league play.