Ben­ton fights for road win

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By Tony Le­na­han tle­na­[email protected]­ton­

PEARCY – It wasn’t easy, but the Ben­ton Jr. Lady Pan­thers moved to a per­fect 6-0 on the sea­son, com­ing away with a 25-24 win over Lake Hamil­ton in Cen­tral Arkansas Ju­nior High Con­fer­ence ac­tion on the road Thurs­day in Pearcy.

“We moved to 6-0 with a de­fen­sive strug­gle at Lake Hamil­ton,” Ben­ton Coach Kelly Scott said. “The game was re­ally slowed down by Lake Hamil­ton as they had a good plan and ex­e­cuted it well. We strug­gled to turn them over with our de­fense and had trou­ble scor­ing as well in the half court.”

That slow pace was ev­i­dent from the start as Ben­ton held a 4-3 lead af­ter one quar­ter and held just an 11-9 ad­van­tage at the half, but the third quar­ter was a dif­fer­ent story for the Jr. Lady Pan­thers.

“The third quar­ter

be­longed to Lake Hamil­ton as they outscored us 7-2 to lead 16-13 af­ter three,”

GREG Davis/spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

Ben­ton fresh­man Alyssa Hous­ton, 34, goes up for a shot in a game ear­lier this week. Hous­ton led Ben­ton with 10 points in a 25-24 win over Lake Hamil­ton Thurs­day on the road.

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