Freshman Hornets ride first-half push to win over Malvern

Photos by Kevin Nagle

PEARCY — Nine different players contributed to the scoring and everybody that played[more] contributed to the defense as the Bryant Hornets freshman team prevailed over the Malvern Leopard Cubs, 39-20, in an opening round contest at the Kameron Hale Invitational Tournament at Lake Hamilton High School Friday.

Kevin Hunt reaches back for a shot as teammate Jaelynn Jones (25) follows the play. (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

The tournament, which was supposed to start on Thursday, was moved back a day by the inclement weather.

Bryant was set to play Hot Springs in a semifinal game this afternoon at 4:15.

The Hornets took control of the game by outscoring the Cubs 16-6 in the second quarter to push a 7-4 edge after the first quarter to a 23-10 advantage at the half. Bryant led 32-14 going into the fourth quarter.

Kris Croom led the Hornets with 9 points. Kvonte Thornton, Kevin Hunt, Dagan Carden and Jordan Walker each added 5 points. Clay Ingold pitched in with 4 with Simeon Watson, Jaelynn Jones and Cameron Murray scoring 2 apiece.
Hunt was named the Hornets MVP of the game.

Malvern's 20 points was a season low for the Bryant defense. 

Dagan Carden fires up a jump hook. (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

Jordan Gentry puts up a shot inside. (Photo by Kevin Nagle)
Kris Croom gets a shot up off the glass over a Malvern defender. (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

Clay Ingold (33) tries to go up strong in traffic. (Photo by Kevin Nagle)

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