AHS boys, girls sweep Bradley

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Earl Gill

Both Arkansas High var­sity bas­ket­ball teams pro­tected home court Tues­day night at Ra­zor­back Gym. The Lady Backs (1-0) de­feated Bradley, 51-37, and the Hogs (1-0) de­feated the Bears, 89-54.

Arkansas High led from the first quar­ter in the var­sity girls game and never looked back.

The first quar­ter con­sisted of turnovers and missed shots, with AHS com­ing on top of the score­board, 13-4.

“The girls played re­ally hard and we ex­e­cuted our game plan we went over lead­ing into this game,” Arkansas High head bas­ket­ball coach Ven­ture Wat­son said. “We ran our press de­fense, but we missed a lot of shots. The ef­fort was there, so that makes up for that.”

Se­nior Tye­sha Har­ris started to heat up for the Bears. Har­ris fin­ished with 19 points and five re­bounds for Bradley.

AHS led the Bears at in­ter­mis­sion, 21-12.

“We’ve had some re­ally good prac­tices lead­ing up to this opener,” Wat­son said. “The team­work and co­he­sive­ness is there, in­stead of wait­ing later in the sea­son. We’re go­ing to come in to­mor­row and brush up on some­things be­fore we head into the Bat­tle of the Hard­wood in Shreve­port.”

The be­gin­ning of the sec­ond half saw more of­fen­sive out­put with both teams. Bradley scored 15 points in the third and the Lady Backs poured in 18 points in the third pe­riod.

Wat­son’s bunch kept their foot on the pedal with their full-court press.

“I’m glad our girls gave a great ef­fort,” Wat­son said. “We broke down our of­fenses and went over what we ex­pected from the girls in prac­tice. I’m re­ally ex­cited about what we have in the fu­ture, as long as we make some shots, we’ll be al­right.”

Dur­ing the fourth quar­ter, a Bradley player made a layup in the AHS cup at the 3:15 mark.

The Lady Backs were lead­ing, 47-35, with 2:30 left in the con­test and kept their feet mov­ing in the full-court press.

Ju­niors Kiara Young and Cedri­ana Daniels, each poured in 13 points for the Lady Backs. Daniels cleaned the glass with nine boards and Young added five re­bounds.

Tierra Hol­li­man added nine points for the Lady Backs.

“The top teams in the area will be play­ing in the tour­na­ment we’re in over the holidays,” Wat­son said. “Hope­fully, we can cor­rect some things and win some games while we’re in Shreve­port. I want to keep my girls mo­ti­vated through­out the sea­son and long win­ning streaks is one way to do that.” Bradley 4 8 15 10 — 37 Arkansas High 13 8 18 10 — 51 BHS (37): Lyons 4, Sin­gle­tary 6, El­lis 4, Smith 4, Har­ris 17. TEAM TO­TALS 15 7-13 9 37. AHS (51): Young 13, Hol­li­man 9, Daniels 13, Hay­den 6, Strick­land 2, Brewer 6. TEAM TO­TALS 17 2-4 14 51. 3-point goals: BHS-Har­ris 2. AHS-Hol­li­man 3, Hay­den.



Arkansas High’s var­sity boys squad kept their foot on the gas from the open­ing tip.

The Hogs full court pres­sure and mo­tion of­fense was too much for the Bears to keep up with in the first quar­ter.

AHS led Bradley, 25-8, af­ter the first pe­riod.

Hog trans­fer Ajon Gray used his brute strength from the first quar­ter un­til he was sub­sti­tuted for late in the fourth quar­ter. Gray fin­ished the night with 24 points and 11 boards.

Ra­zor­back se­nior cap­tain Fabian Phillips scored the nets for AHS in the sec­ond quar­ter. Phillips dropped 18 points in the game but 10 of those came in the sec­ond pe­riod.

“We haven’t car­ried much over from prac­tice to the game,” Arkansas High head bas­ket­ball coach Sam Weaver said. “I un­der­stand it was the jit­ters of the first game but we have to cor­ral that. We didn’t show a lot of dis­ci­pline at times, and we weren’t very good in tran­si­tion. We have to get bet­ter and un­der­stand what we’re do­ing out there on the floor.”

The Bears trailed the Ra­zor­backs, 47-22, at half.

The sec­ond stanza be­gan much like the first, al­though Bradley started to gain of­fen­sive trac­tion through the shoot­ing of Devon Taylor and Allen Taylor. Devon fin­ished with 15 points and Allen dropped a team-high 26 points dur­ing the con­test.

Se­nior guard Cameron Dock­ery fin­ished with nine points on the night for the Ra­zor­backs.

Ju­nior Micah Yar­ber and sopho­more Jay­lan Ran­dle, each poured in eight points for the Hogs.

“We don’t ac­tu­ally have a post player,” Weaver said. “He runs back into the post for us but our posts have done a good job of re­bound­ing for us. They get their hands on a lot of loose balls, which gives us sec­ond chance shots.”

With the Sport­man­ship Rule in af­fect, AHS was able to get re­serves more play­ing time against vi­able var­sity competition.

“We have some things to work on,” Weaver said. “Hope­fully, we’ll be able to get a few things cor­rected, be­cause this is a long sea­son and you have to be pre­pared for it.” Bradley 8 14 19 13 — 54 Arkansas High 25 22 22 18 — 87 BHS (54): D. Taylor 15, Mills 3, A. Taylor 26, Wil­liams 3, Florence 5, Martin 3. TEAM TO­TALS 21 4-12 12 54. AHS (87): Yar­ber 8, Phillips 18, Gray 24, Blair 4, Dock­ery 9, Plum­mer 4, Easter 2, Ran­dal 8, Craig 6, Gooden 4. TEAM TO­TALS 42 2-6 15 87. 3-point goals- BHS-D. Taylor 4, Mills, Wil­liams, Florence, Martin. AHS-Dock­ery.

above Arkansas High’s Fabian Phillips goes up for a layup against Bradley on Tues­day at Ra­zor­back gym in Texarkana, Ark. Arkansas High won, 89-54.

Pho­tos by Kevin Sut­ton

right Arkansas High’s For­tu­nate Barry looks up­court against Bradley on Tues­day at Ra­zor­back Gym in Texarkana, Ark.

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