Welcome back, Davonne Chapman.
In his first home game back at Dollarway Fieldhouse since missing five games, Chapman scored nine of the Cardinals’ first 11 points and finished with 21 points Tuesday in Dollarway’s 62-30 victory over Stuttgart. Chapman also did plenty of work on defense with five steals and grabbed six rebounds.
“He’s trying to get back into the flow of things, and I was happy to see that,” Dollarway coach Ellis Berry said.
Chapman was listed as having missed too many days of class and was held out as a precaution of making sure his grades weren’t affected, Berry said. He actually returned to action Friday at Newport, when he scored nine points in a 42-41 win.
Once Chapman hit a three-point basket to put Dollarway up 9-4, it wouldn’t be much of a contest anymore. The shot started a 26-2 run into the second quarter as Stuttgart (2-17, 1-10 in 2-4A Conference) seemed out of sorts in trying to find an offensive rhythm. The Cardinals were up 36-11 at halftime.
“We have a lot of sophomores who haven’t played a whole lot,” Stuttgart coach Kris DeJarnette said. “We’re depending on three guys who came from football who were five weeks late getting out of football because they won the football state championship.”
Dollarway (19-2, 10-1) played one of its most dominating games of the season after playing two close 2-4A contests, a 59-55 come-from-behind Lonoke victory in Pine Bluff and the narrow win at Newport. Berry said the Cardinals wanted to come out stronger against the Ricebirds.
“We just didn’t play well at Newport,” Berry said. “We were in foul trouble early in Newport, and we just didn’t shoot the ball well.”
That wasn’t the case against Stuttgart.
About half the crowd left during halftime, either because Dollarway all but had the game decided or they wanted to go home before heavier rain hit the area. A loud thunderstorm could be heard inside the gym during the second quarter, and some water leaked onto the floor behind the goal near the Dollarway bench.
Travon King had nine points off the bench and Joshua Liddell added six for the Cardinals. Alante Stewart had six points to lead the Ricebirds.
Stuttgart 43, Dollarway 29
Haley Johnson scored eight of her 13 points in the third quarter, and the Lady Ricebirds (9-10, 4-7 in 2-4A) expanded a 14-11 halftime lead to down the Lady Cardinals, who are 0-11 in conference play.
Tiffany Gibson and Deysia Mitchell each added nine points for Stuttgart. Candria Hayes led Dollarway with 13 points.