Jr. Panthers fall in close affair
BENTON – The Benton Jr. Panthers ninth-grade team lost a heart-breaker this past Monday at Benton Arena. The Jr. Panthers would fall 38-36 to Hot Springs to drop to 2-8 overall for their fifth straight loss.
It was a close game throughout as Benton trailed 10-8 after one, but fought back to tie Hot Springs 18-18 at the half. The Jr. Trojans would jump on the Jr. Panthers in the third quarter to take a 32-24 lead after three, but though Benton got close in the fourth, the Jr. Panthers couldn’t complete the comeback for the two-point loss.
Benton freshman Jamarius Morgan led the way with 17 points, with Jonathan Bell scoring seven. Walker Davis followed with five, Caiden Phillips four and Brooks Lane had three.
Benton is back in action next year when the Jr. Panthers compete in the Kameron Hale Tournament at Lake Hamilton High School on Thursday, Jan. 2.
Benton freshman Jamarius Morgan, 5, goes up for a shot in a 38-36 loss to Hot Springs this past Monday at Benton Arena. Morgan led the Jr. Panthers with 17 points in the loss.