Freshman girls can’t quite overcome slow start at Mount

LITTLE ROCK — Points were hard to come by for the Bryant Lady Hornets freshman team in the first half against the Mount St. Mary Academy Mounties at McCauley Center Thursday night. Defense kept them close but the Lady Hornets could never gain the upper hand as Mount prevailed with a 22-17 win.

“We did a good job of getting the ball where we wanted it on offense, we just had a hard time finishing,” said Lady Hornets coach Nathan Castaldi.

The first quarter ended with the Mounties leading just 2-0. It was 8-2 at the half then 13-8 through three quarters.

Danielle Singleton led Bryant with 5 points. Raven Loveless and Paige Adams added 4 each. Stephanie Cullen and Kelly Williams contributed 2 each.

“I thought we played good defense,” Castaldi said. “A few breakdowns late, when we tried to put a little more pressure on them — something we have spent a lot of time on — led to some easy baskets. But, overall, we defended well.

“I also thought the girls did a good job of executing our defensive game play,” he added. “We have been stressing taking what we do in practice into games and we did a better job of that.”

The Lady Hornets wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule on Monday, Dec. 15, when they host Russellville. Once again this season, the freshman teams are set to play at Lake Hamilton’s Kameron Hale Invitational Tournament the week after Christmas. The Lady Hornets’ open against Central Arkansas Christian on Saturday, Dec. 27, at 3 p.m.

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