Bryant hosts Van Buren tonight

By Rob Patrick

The Bryant High School varsity basketball teams will try to continue their respective climbs[more] up the 7A/6A-Central Conference ladders this evening when they host their counterparts from Van Buren.

Tipoff for the girls game is 6 p.m., with the boys game to follow around 7:45. With realignment next season, it will probably be the last time the two schools compete against each other on the basketball court for a while.

Both Bryant teams come into the game off back-to-back wins that have thrust them into third place in the conference. In their previous meeting in Van Buren, the Lady Hornets surprised the Lady Pointers, 49-46, after the Van Buren team came in with a sparkling 13-2 record. So far, the Lady Pointers are 4-4 in league play and hoping to pull even with Bryant in the standings by returning the favor.

The shoe was on the other foot in the boys game in Van Buren. Bryant came in riding the wave of winning the Spa City Shootout championship and its conference opener in impressive fashion over Little Rock Catholic. Meanwhile, the Pointers had posted a .500 record and lost their league lid-lifter to Little Rock Central. Van Buren proceeded to knock off the Hornets, 52-48.

That was one of three conference losses Bryant has suffered by 5 points or less. A win this time coupled with a loss by Conway to second-place North Little Rock would thrust the Hornets into sole possession of third place in the conference.

Of course, at the end of the season, Central Conference members Van Buren and Russellville will compete in the Class 6A State Tournament with East powers Little Rock Hall and West Memphis mixing in with the remaining Central teams for seeded to the 7A State tourney. Power ratings will determine seeding.

Here are the current Central standings and the upcoming schedules:


7A/6A-CENTRAL CONFERENCE

2011-12 standings

Boys

Conf. Overall

Russellville 7-1 16-5

No. Little Rock 6-2 15-5

Conway 4-4 14-7

BRYANT 4-4 12-8

Cabot 3-5 12-5

Van Buren 3-5 10-11

LR Central 3-5 8-11

LR Catholic 2-6 3-10

Friday, Feb. 3

Bryant 40, LR Catholic 37

Conway 49, Cabot 39

Van Buren 57, LR Central 48

North Little Rock 44, Russellville 39

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Van Buren at Bryant

LR Catholic at Cabot

Conway at North Little Rock

Russellville at LR Central

Friday, Feb. 10

Bryant at Russellville

North Little Rock at Cabot

LR Central at Conway

Van Buren at LR Catholic

Tuesday, Feb. 14

Conway at Bryant

Cabot at LR Central

LR Catholic at North Little Rock

Russellville at Van Buren

Friday, Feb. 17

Bryant at Cabot

Van Buren at Conway

Russellville at LR Catholic

LR Central at North Little Rock

Tuesday, Feb. 21

North Little Rock at Bryant

Cabot at Van Buren

Conway at Russellville

LR Central at LR Catholic

Friday, Feb. 24

Bryant at LR Central

Russellville at Cabot

LR Catholic at Conway

Van Buren at North Little Rock

 

7A/6A-CENTRAL CONFERENCE

2011-12 standings

Girls

Conf. Overall

No. Little Rock 8-0 20-2

Cabot 7-1 18-5

Russellville 5-3 14-7

BRYANT 5-3 13-9

Van Buren 4-4 16-6

Conway 2-6 10-10

LR Central 1-7 7-13

Mount St. Mary 0-8 6-14

Friday, Feb. 3

Bryant 52, Mount St. Mary 39

Cabot 69, Conway 54

Van Buren 58, LR Central 52

North Little Rock 50, Russellville 47

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Van Buren at Bryant

Mount St. Mary at Cabot

Conway at North Little Rock

Russellville at LR Central

Friday, Feb. 10

Bryant at Russellville

North Little Rock at Cabot

LR Central at Conway

Van Buren at Mount St. Mary


Tuesday, Feb. 14

Conway at Bryant

Cabot at LR Central

Mount St. Mary at North Little Rock

Russellville at Van Buren


Friday, Feb. 17

Bryant at Cabot

Van Buren at Conway

Russellville at Mount St. Mary

LR Central at North Little Rock

Tuesday, Feb. 21

North Little Rock at Bryant

Cabot at Van Buren

Conway at Russellville

LR Central at Mount St. Mary

Friday, Feb. 24

Bryant at LR Central

Russellville at Cabot

Mount St. Mary at Conway

Van Buren at North Little Rock

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