The North Little Rock Charging Wildcats freshman basketball team rallied from a 21-15 deficit at halftime to edge the Bryant Hornets, 37-32, at the Bryant Middle School gym on Thursday night.
The Hornets team includes Phillip Barnett, Dakota Besancon, Chase Christie, Brandon Cranford, Cedarrian Crosby, Evan Davis, Trevor Ezell, Greyson Giles, T.J. Hall, Austin Hammonds, Hunter Holder, Matt Jernigan, Spencer Kilgore, Slade Lewis, Madre London, Dylan Masters, Davis Nossaman, Gray Orman, Garrett Phillips, C.J. Rainey, Brian Reed, Mitchell Scoggins, Caleb Strain and Christian Washington.
“We played well the first half,” noted Bryant coach Steve Wilson. “But we failed to seal the deal. (North Little Rock) got some easy baskets early in the third quarter when we failed to get back on defense. That let them[more] back in the game.”
The Hornets led 9-5 after a quarter and held the 6-point edge at the half. By the end of the third quarter, North Little Rock had taken a 29-28 lead.
“I thought we worked the ball well on offense the first half,” Wilson said. “We missed a few easy shots in the second half and quit running the offense as much after that.”
The Hornets were 7 of 14 from the line in the game, just 3 of 8 in the second half.
Giles led the scoring with 11 points. Rainley added 6, Strain 5, Christie and Scoggins 4 each and Reed had 2.
The Hornets, now 5-4, travel to Little Rock Catholic on Monday, Dec. 13.
Photos by Kevin Nagle