Benton visits Bryant to open South Conference play tonight

A new year and the second season of the basketball campaign commences tonight when the Bryant[more] High School teams return to action against the arch-rival Benton High School teams at the Hornets’ Nest.

The two schools will meet twice this season because, for the first time since 2001, they’re in the same conference. Bryant rejoined the South Conference this year and, fittingly enough, takes on Benton to get things rolling.

The varsity girls game begins at 6 p.m., with the varsity boys to follow at around 7:30.

Both girls teams come into the game off of narrow defeats. For Benton, 9-4 overall, it was the finals of the Battle of the Brier at Greenbrier, against Rogers Heritage. For Bryant, it was in the consolation final of the Spa City Shootout against Clarksville. The Lady Hornets a 6-8 on the season.

The Lady Panthers feature returning standouts Madi Brooks and Korie Parker with an influx of talented sophomores.

Bryant has been tough defensively all season and is at its best when the scoring has been consistent with firepower from seniors Logan Davis and Courtney Davidson along with junior Dezerea Duckworth.

The boys teams have posted two of the best records in the conference during non-league action. Benton, fresh from capturing the championship of a tournament at Mountain Home, is 11-2. The Panthers boast a considerable size advantage over the Hornets, led by junior Josh Bowling and senior Graham Gardner.

Bryant was 9-1 entering the annual Coke Classic in Fort Smith last week despite starting the season with no returning starters from their run to the semifinals of the Class 7A State Tournament last year. The Hornets ran into a sizzling North Little Rock team at Fort Smith then lost a rematch with Texarkana, Texas before finishing with a win over Subiaco.

Though not as big, the Hornets are quick. They’re led by guards C.J. Rainey, K.J. Hill, Tyler Simmons and Greyson Giles. Inside, Brian Reed has been getting most of the playing time lately with senior Zach Cambron out with an deep thigh bruise. It is hoped he’ll be back in the rotation tonight.



Team Conf Ovl

Texarkana 0-0 10-4

Lake Hamilton 0-0 9-3

Benton 0-0 9-4

Pine Bluff 0-0 7-2

Sheridan 0-0 7-3

El Dorado 0-0 7-7

Bryant 0-0 6-8

Little Rock Fair 0-0 0-0


Team Conf Ovl

Benton 0-0 11-2

Sheridan 0-0 11-3

Bryant 0-0 10-3

Texarkana 0-0 8-7

Lake Hamilton 0-0 6-6

Pine Bluff 0-0 5-5

El Dorado 0-0 5-6

Little Rock Fair 0-0 0-0

*records are unofficial 

Friday, Jan. 4

Benton at Bryant

El Dorado at Little Rock Fair

Lake Hamilton at Sheridan

Pine Bluff at Texarkana

Tuesday, Jan. 8

Little Rock Fair at Benton

Bryant at Pine Bluff

Sheridan at El Dorado

Texarkana at Lake Hamilton

Friday, Jan. 11

Benton at Sheridan

Bryant at Little Rock Fair

El Dorado at Texarkana

Lake Hamilton at Pine Bluff

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Texarkana at Benton

Sheridan at Bryant

Lake Hamilton at El Dorado

Pine Bluff at Little Rock Fair

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