Bryant freshman girls start each half well on the way to opening victory

Bryant freshman Kiara Harris drives to the basket about Morrilton's Lisa Brockman. (Photo by Rick Nation)By Rob Patrick

The Bryant Lady Hornets freshman basketball team started both halves of their season-opening game by out-scoring the Morrilton Lady Devil Pups 11-2 on their way to a 42-22 victory on Monday night.

McKenzie Adams pumped in a game-high 18 points while the Lady Hornets forced 23 turnovers, out-rebounded the Lady Pups 40-22 and held them to 22 percent shooting from the field in the game.[more]

Courtney Davidson pulls up for a jumper during Monday night's game. (Photo by Rick Nation)

“Of course, we like the results,” stated Lady Hornets head coach Eric Andrews. “We got off to a little bit of a slow start, knocking the rust off, a little bit of nerves and all that stuff. Once we started rolling a little bit, things started looking a whole lot better.”

Bryant led just 5-2 going into the final 2:30 of the first quarter when an 8-0 run put them in charge.

Two free throws by Logan Davis started the breakout then Courtney Davidson scored twice on offensive rebounds, the second time, after a steal by Adams. To start the second quarter, Adams drove for a layup and the lead was 13-2.

Davidson would finish with a game-high 11 rebounds to go with 6 points. Davis finished with 8 points. Kiara Moore pitched in with 6 while working the point for the Lady Hornets. She contributed a great deal to the fact that Bryant only committed 11 turnovers in the game.

Sparked by a 3-pointer from Ayana Trezvant, the Lady Pups surged in the second quarter. They were within 23-15 late in the half but Davidson hit a short jumper with :12 left that pushed the lead back out to 25-15.

The Lady Hornets then blew the game open in the third quarter by forcing six turnovers and cashing in on them. It was 27-16 before Adams hit a free throw with 2:01 left in the period. Davis drove for a layup then Adams scored off a steal to make it 32-16.

A free throw interrupted but Moore hit a layup after getting behind the defense and, after Adams made a steal, she converted two free throws to set the score at 36-17 going into the final quarter.

And when McKenzie Rice hit a layup off a nice feed from Moore and Hayley Murphy hit an eight-foot jumper to start the scoring in the final period, the advantage was up to 23.

“I was real happy with our half-court defense,” Andrews said. “We missed a lot of shots we normally make but it was definitely a good start. I thought we came out after the half and really did a good job.”

The Lady Hornets are tentatively expected to return to action on Thursday, Nov. 12, at home against Arkadelphia. After that comes the Bryant Invitational from Nov. 16-19.


Score by quarters

Morrilton 2 13 2 5 — 22

BRYANT 11 14 11 6 — 42


Trezvant 2-6 1-1 6, McCoy 1-9 2-3 4, McKey 0-3 0-0 0, Brockman 1-6 2-2 4, KT Davis 1-1 0-0 2, Price 0-1 2-4 2, Stinnett 2-4 0-0 4, Clemmons 0-1 0-0 0, Everette 0-0 0-0 0, Criswell 0-1 0-2 0. Totals: 7-32 7-12 22


Moore 3-10 0-0 6, L.Davis 3-8 2-4 8, Buck 0-2 0-0 , Davidson 3-8 0-2 6, Adams 6-16 6-8 18, Myer 0-1 0-0 0, Rice 1-1 0-0 2, Murphy 1-1 0-0 2, Yazza 0-1 0-0 0, Henderson 0-0 0-0 0, McPherson 0-2 0-0 0, Scarlett 0-0 0-0 0, Combs 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-51 8-14 42.

Three-point field goals: Morrilton 1-5 (Trezvant 1-1, Brockman 0-3, McKey 0-1), Bryant 0-6 (Adams 0-2, Buck 0-1, Davis 0-1, Moore 0-1, Scarlett 0-1). Rebounds: Morrilton 22 (K.Davis, Stinnett 4), Bryant 40 (Davidson 11). Turnovers: Morrilton 18, Bryant 11. Team fouls: Morrilton 11, Bryant 16.

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