BHS teams face vital outing at home tonight (standings, ratings included)

By Rob Patrick

Every athlete and every team is spurred on by a big, boisterous home crowd, but perhaps[more] more than any other sport, such a crowd can affect a basketball game. It’s especially true in a small arena like, for instance, the Bryant High School gym, an old-school bandbox that was built back in 1968.

The best example of that is when the fans stuff the gym for Bryant’s annual game against the rival Benton Panthers. The noise adds to the excitement and energy of a good basketball game plus it provides impetus for the home team to turn a 5-0 run into a 10-0 run or to come up with a defensive stop in a crucial moment.

Tonight, the Bryant Hornets and Lady Hornets could use one of those crowds — they’d be more than welcome every home game, in fact. But tonight, both teams face Little Rock Central in games that are vital to their plans to reach the Class 7A State Tournament.

The games mark the end of the first half of the 7A/6A-Central Conference double round robin schedule. The Hornets are 2-4 in the league with three of their losses by less than 5 points. They could pull even with Central in the standings with a win.

The Lady Hornets are 3-3 in the league and need to keep pace with the other teams in the league who have made Central 1-5 so far.

Here are the standings and the power ratings going into tonight’s action (the top six teams in the power rankings at the end of the season advance to State):

7A/6A-CENTRAL CONFERENCE

2011-12 standings

Girls

Conf. Overall

No. Little Rock 6-0 18-2

Cabot 5-1 16-5

Russellville 5-1 14-5

Van Buren 3-3 15-5

BRYANT 3-3 11-9

Conway 1-5 9-9

LR Central 1-5 7-11

Mount St. Mary 0-6 6-12

Tuesday, Jan. 24

North Little Rock 54, Bryant 15


Cabot 65, Van Buren 36


Russellville 60, Conway 33

LR Central 49, Mount St. Mary 40

Friday, Jan. 27

LR Central at Bryant

Cabot at Russellville

Conway at Mount St. Mary

North Little Rock at Van Buren

Friday, Feb. 3

Bryant at Mount St. Mary

Cabot at Conway

LR Central at Van Buren

North Little Rock at Russellville

 

Girls Ratings

Team Points

North Little Rock 80

Cabot 62

LR Hall 61

West Memphis 45

Bryant 36

Conway 12

LR Central 11

Mount St. Mary 0

 


7A/6A-CENTRAL CONFERENCE

2011-12 standings

Boys

Conf. Overall

Russellville 6-0 15-4

No. Little Rock 4-2 13-5

Cabot 3-3 12-3

LR Central 3-3 8-9

Conway 2-4 12-7

BRYANT 2-4 10-8

Van Buren 2-4 9-10

LR Catholic 2-4 3-8

Tuesday, Jan. 24

North Little Rock 53, Bryant 58


Cabot 53, Van Buren 46

Russellville 69, Conway 60

LR Catholic 46, LR Central 34

Friday, Jan. 27

LR Central at Bryant

Cabot at Russellville

Conway at LR Catholic

North Little Rock at Van Buren

Friday, Feb. 3


Bryant at LR Catholic

Cabot at Conway

LR Central at Van Buren

North Little Rock at Russellville

 

Boys Ratings

Team Points

LR Hall 74

North Little Rock 52

LR Central 40

Cabot 39

West Memphis 32

Conway 26

Bryant 25

LR Catholic 13

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