Fillies start title quest today


Following their loss to the Benton Lady Panthers last week, the Pine Bluff Fillies were awarded the No. 2 seed in the 6A state tournament at Greenwood High School.

Pine Bluff will face Jonesboro, the seventh seed from the 7A/6A East today at 4 p.m.

The Lady Panthers went on a 15-0 run between the third and fourth quarters to rally from a seven-point deficit and defeat the Fillies 39-35.

Benton was awarded the conference championship and the No. 1 seed in the 6A state tournament.

The loss dropped Pine Bluff to 23-5 and 12-2 in the conference.

Pine Bluff head coach Loy Moore said the difference in the game was the free throw shooting. He said if that had evened out a little bit more, the game might have gone in their favor.

Benton shot 20 free throws, while Pine Bluff shot 12.

Junior Ajia Richardson led Pine Bluff with 13 points.

Sheridan girls face Searcy

The Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets (15-9, 8-6 7A/6A South) will have to try to find a way to contain the one-two punch of Searcy as the face the Lady Lions in the first round of the 6A State tournament on Wednesday beginning a 4p.m. at Greenwood High School.

Searcy has a 6-foot-4 post player in Angelina Williams and a “really good guard” in Brittnee Broadway.

“They are both college talented players,” Sheridan head coach Bryan Davenpot. “We should try contain the guard and keep her under control.

“Hopefully we can play our game and I feel good about the way play right now.”

Davenport said 6’4 is extremely tall in girls’ basketball.

“We want to keep her off the board and not allow any second chance points,” Davenport said. “We will try to push the ball up and down the court and wear her down.”

Davenport said Sheridan will attack Williams to try to get her in foul trouble.

“It just depends on how they play defensively,” Davenport said.

More important than focusing on Searcy, the Lady Yellowjackets will also work on their game.

“I am more concerned that we are ready to play,” Davenport said. “We need to be sharp, which I feel like we are. We need to play defense, rebound and take care of the basketball.”

Sheridan will rely on senior leaders Bryanna Moltz and Hannah Schultz. Sophomore Kadesha Cooper could off the bench to provide some quality minutes as well.

“We need to tie up any loose ends and stay sharp on execution,” Davenport said. “Be a better team.”

Pine Bluff boys to face Mountain Home

The Pine Bluff Zebras (13-10, 9-5 7A/6A South) will “try to take care of business” Thursday when they face Mountain Home at 5:30 p.m. at Greenwood High School in the first round of the 6A State Tournament.

“I saw them play Marion,” Pine Bluff head coach Carl Smith said. “They look like they’ve got a couple of scorers that will need our attention.”

Smith said Mountain Home likes to run out of the man defense.

“We aren’t sure if they will play us man or what, but we are trying to get ready for that,” Smith said. “We want to put some pressure on their guards.

Pine Bluff closed out the regular season with a 78-69 loss to conference champion Benton last week. The loss dropped them to the No. 3 seed.

“All you can do is play where they put you at,” Smith said. “We are looking at Mountain Home and that’s what we are focused on right now.

“It all comes down to one game now.”

The Mountain Home Bombers (9-17, 4-10 7A/6A East) finished up the regular season with a 41-23 loss to West Memphis.

Mountain Home scored just two points in the second and just four points in the third. Senior Jack Schmitt finished with seven points and Buck Gilbert had six.

Smith said he is not too concerned with the long break.

“We’ve got some boys who are banged up,” Smith said. “Hopefully we stay in some kind of condition.

“We are in it to win it.”

Sheridan boys face No. 2 Jonesboro

The Sheridan Yellowjackets (12-14) have the unfortunate luck of having to face Jonesboro, the No. 2 seed from the East, in the first round of the 6A State tournament on Wednesday beginning at 2:30 p.m.

“They are athletic and they got some guards that can shoot,” Sheridan head coach Joe Scott said. “Our length should give them some trouble. Hopefully that will cause them some problems.”

Sheridan has been trying to prepare for Jonesboro’s quickness but it has been difficult to simulate the Hurricanes’ speed in practice.

“We don’t have a scout team that can match their size, speed and strength,” Scott said. “We can’t simulate what they are going to do athletically.

“But we will show up and we will play hard and try to make our mark.”

One of the things Sheridan will be focused on this week is its overall consistency.

“We have to shoot the ball better,” Scott said.

Junior Austen Theiss averages about 10 points and is shooting about 54 percent from the floor. Junior Dylan Morris averages about 12 points per game and senior Brady Bowlin averages 10 points.

“We are trying to get our bigs going,” Scott said. “But we need our guards to step up and make some shots as well.”