Rout ends Arkansas’ seven game winning streak Fayetteville - If only the Kentucky Wildcats had their usual approaching 100 percent quota of one-and-done freshmen off last year’s national runner-ups, perhaps they don’t beat Arkansas quite so badly. Too many key Kentucky returnees ruefully remembered Arkansas surprisingly sweeping the Wildcats home and home last SEC season at Walton Arena in Fayetteville and Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. The presence of returning starting Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein and the returning backcourt of the Harrison twins Andrew and Aaron, and sophomore reserve center Dakari Johnson and the additions of ready to play freshman McDonald’s High School All-Americans made for a long bench which made for a long day for the Razorbacks. Kentucky thoroughly dominated Arkansas, 84-67 last Saturday in Lexington.
SEC Women’s Basketball Tourney at Verizon Arena Fayetteville - North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena plays host to the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday through Sunday. Depending on point of view, that could be a curse or a blessing for first-year Coach Jimmy Dykes and his Arkansas Razorbacks. A home court advantage is obvious, especially given the good turnout there watching Arkansas beat Oklahoma last December and that two key starters, sophomore forward Jessica Jackson and junior forward Melissa Wolff hail from nearby Jacksonville and Cabot.
Bulldogs fall short 49-43 at Bauxite The Waldron Bulldogs rallied in the fourth period, but came up six points short, as the Miners hung on to take a 49-43 Class 4A District 7 win Tuesday, February 10 at Bauxite. The Miners got out to an early lead in the opening period, outscoring the Bulldogs 13-7. Waldron cut the Bauxite lead to four at the half by outscoring the Miners 10-8 in the second quarter to make the half time score 21-17.
Lady Bulldogs fall 63-42 to Nashville The Lady Bulldogs suffered a 63-42 Senior Night loss to the Nashville Lady Scrappers, despite an outstanding 29-point effort by Nikki Harrison, Friday, February 13 at Waldron. Nashville set the tone early by outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 20-12 in the first period and 17-11 in the second to take a 37-23 lead at the half.
Bulldogs whip Nashville 52-46 The Bulldogs knocked off the Nashville Scrappers 52-46 on Senior Night Friday, February 13 at Waldron. A low scoring 5-5 battle took place in the first eight minutes of the ball game before, the Bulldogs outscored the Scrappers 15-14 in the second period to take a one point lead at the half at 20-19.
Hogs led Mississippi State 30-9 at the half FAYETTEVILLE - The Mississippi State Bulldogs ask not for whom the Bell tolls. The Bell tolls on them. Anthlon Bell last SEC season bounded off the Arkansas bench to hit three 3-pointers and score a game-high 19 points in the Razorbacks’ 73-69 victory over Mississippi State.
Harrison scored 21 points in Waldron loss to Malvern The Lady Bulldogs struggled against Malvern falling 53-39 to the Lady Leopards Friday, February 6 at Waldron. Malvern led 13-9 at the end of the first period, before edging Waldron 10-9 in the second period to take a 23-18 lead a the half.
Lady Bulldogs fall by 14 to Ashdown Lady Panthers The Lady Bulldogs fell 64-40 to the Lady Panthers Tuesday, February 3 at Ashdown. The Lady Panthers jumped out to an 18-10 lead by the end of the first eight-minute period, before outscoring Waldron 11-7 in the second as the Lady Bulldogs fell behind 29-17 at the half.
Panthers ambush Bulldogs at Ashdown The Panthers jumped on Waldron, thumping the Bulldogs 71-46 Tuesday, February 3 at Ashdown. An 18-11 first period earned Ashdown the lead after the first eight minutes of play. However, a big Panther second quarter saw Ashdown blast the Bulldogs 27-11 to take a 45-22 lead at the half.
Bulldogs fall 60-54 in OT to Malvern The Bulldogs suffered a 60-54 overtime loss to the Malvern Leopards Friday, February 6 at Waldron. Waldron, led by Bulldog Head Boys Basketball Coach Josh Brown, outscored Malvern 10-7 in the first period before the two schools battled to an even 11-11 second quarter, as the Bulldogs took a 21-18 lead at the half.
The Wright Stuff Officiating often has more to do with the outcome of high school and junior high basketball games, unfortunately, than do the two basketball teams on the court. Game officials have difficulties determining what is traveling, palming the ball, over the back, and there is always, is it a block or a charge, throughout most contest. So many times the official’s call is predetermined in their minds before they see what actually happens, consider what they saw and make the call.