Benton, Bryant compete in Conway
CONWAY — After sweeping their pool with victories over Russellville and Westside, the Benton Lady Panthers would fall to eventual Lady Cat Invite Gold Bracket champion Jonesboro Saturday in Conway.
Benton had a tough time against the Lady Hurricane, falling 25-8 in the first set before coming back in the second set to make it competitive, but still falling 25-21. Jonesboro would defeat Valley View 25-11 and 25-22 in the Gold Bracket championship.
The Lady Panthers (183, 11-1 South) handled Russellville (25-18, 25-13) and Westside (25-15,
25-18) in pool play.
Splitting in pool play, the Bryant Lady Hornets would pick up a 25-17, 25-18 win over Nettleton in Silver Bracket play before falling 25-21, 25-19 to eventual Silver Bracket champ Lakeside, which defeated Paragould 25-20, 25-22 in the title match.
Benton gets back into 5A South Conference action on Tuesday with a trip to El Dorado to take on the Lady Wildcats, while Bryant is back in 6A Central play Tuesday when the Lady Hornets host Cabot at the Hornet’s Nest in Bryant.
Benton junior Katie Strickland passes the ball in a match earlier this season. The Lady Panthers fell in their first match of Gold Bracket play this past Saturday to eventual champion Jonesboro at the Lady Cat Invitational in Conway.