At the end of the first quarter, the Bryant Blue Hornets seventh grade team of Bethel Middle School trailed their counterparts from the Anthony School in Little Rock by 12-8 as James Billingley hit a pair of 3’s and Evan Lamb added a basket.
But from that point on the Anthony Panthers out-scored the Hornets 31-7 on the way to a 43-15 victory at the Bethel gym.
The Hornets struggled from the field. The only basket they managed was a 3 from Chaney Crosby in the fourth quarter. Otherwise, they were limited to free throws by Luke Bickerstaff, Gage Horn and Tyler Pinney.
The Panthers led 30-11 at the half then outscored the Hornets 7-0 in the third quarter.
The Bethel seventh graders are scheduled to return to action on Saturday at Sheridan. They’ll host Lake Hamilton on Tuesday, Jan. 9.