Davis’ big night leads Spring­dale

N The fu­ture Ra­zor­back ex­plodes for 35 points against Siloam Springs.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - By Gra­ham Thomas Staff Writer gth­[email protected] n

The Siloam Springs girls bas­ket­ball did a lot of good things Fri­day night against Spring­dale, but the Lady Pan­thers sim­ply couldn’t stop Mar­que­sha Davis.

Davis, a fu­ture Lady Ra­zor­back, went off for a game-high 35 points and was the dif­fer­ence for the Lady Bull­dogs in a 56-37 vic­tory in the win­ner’s bracket semi­fi­nal of the Siloam Springs Hol­i­day Clas­sic.

“We com­peted hard and we were able to stay in the ball­game a long time and ex­e­cute a lot of the stuff that we run,” said Siloam Springs coach Tim Rippy. “I thought that was a pos­i­tive step in the right di­rec­tion, be­cause they get af­ter you and they pres­sure you well in their man-toman de­fense. We han­dled that fairly well for the most part.”

Davis opened the game with a 3-pointer on Spring­dale’s first pos­ses­sion and then spent much of the next 32 min­utes con­trol­ling the glass and run­ning in tran­si­tion, and Siloam Springs had no an­swer for her.

“One thing we didn’t do a good job of was keep­ing (Davis) off the boards and off the glass,” Rippy said. “That’s a chal­lenge. Even when we had good po­si­tion, we had a hard time get­ting the re­bound. She’s able to get her hands on the ball. She’s great at go­ing to get it and then jump­ing back up and fin­ish­ing.”

Chloe Price scored six points in the first quar­ter and her fi­nal bucket of the pe­riod gave Siloam Springs a 10-9 lead be­fore Spring­dale’s Jeniya Gause banked in a 3-pointer for a 12-10 Lady Bull­dogs lead at the end of the first quar­ter.

Davis, who had nine of Spring­dale’s 12 points in the open­ing frame, scored two quick buck­ets on put­backs to open the sec­ond quar­ter for a 16-10 lead.

A 3-pointer from Alexa Bersi made it 19-10, but Siloam Springs got a 3-pointer from Jael Har­ried and a steal and score from Price to cut it to 19-15.

Spring­dale led 27-19 at half­time and slowly pulled away in the sec­ond half for the win. Davis scored eight more points in the third quar­ter and fin­ished off her night with sev­eral buck­ets in the fourth quar­ter.

“We don’t have any­body that can sim­u­late her,” Rippy said. “I think the hard­est thing in the

half was not only keep­ing her off the boards but when she got a de­fen­sive re­bound for her to cre­ate for her team­mates or go coast to coast to fin­ish and us not be able to catch her. We re­sorted in the sec­ond half if she was go­ing to have an open break­away to just try and foul her be­cause she made some great de­ci­sions with the ball in tran­si­tion . You’ve got to give her a lot of credit.”

Davis was the only Spring­dale player in dou­ble fig­ures. The Lady Bull­dogs played Rogers on Satur­day af­ter­noon in the cham­pi­onship game. Re­sults were not avail­able at presstime.

Price led the Lady Pan­thers with 14 points, while Har­ried had eight, Morgan Wi­nes­burg four, Ja­dyn Still three, Syd­ney Moor­man, Emery Brown, Alex­sis Fort­ner and Hat­tie Price each with two.

Siloam Springs played Coweta (Okla.) in the third place game on Satur­day. The Lady Pan­thers are sched­uled to open con­fer­ence play against Beebe on Fri­day.

Spring­dale 56, Siloam Springs 37

Spring­dale 12 15 16 13 — 56 Siloam Springs 10 9 8 10 — 37

Spring­dale: Davis 35, Sysa­vanh 7, Minchew 4, Bersi 3, Gause 3, Pegue 2, Arvizu 2.

Siloam Springs (3-9): C. Price 14, Har­ried 8, Wi­nes­burg 4, Still 3, Moor­man 2, Brown 2, Fort­ner 2, H. Price 2.

Siloam Springs 44, Prairie Grove 29

The Siloam Springs girls bas­ket­ball team got a much-needed win Thurs­day in their own tour­na­ment.

The Lady Pan­thers snapped a six-game los­ing streak and avenged an ear­lier loss this sea­son with a 44-29 vic­tory over Prairie Grove in the open­ing round of the Siloam Springs Hol­i­day Clas­sic.

It was Siloam Springs’ first win since de­feat­ing Fort Smith South­side 5736 on Nov. 30 in the Rogers Great 8 Clas­sic.

“The month of De­cem­ber was very dif­fi­cult for us,” said Siloam Springs coach Tim Rippy. “We played some very good teams, but we also didn’t grow as much in De­cem­ber as much as we’d hoped. I thought one thing that was re­ally good for us was hav­ing that week of prac­tice right be­fore go­ing into the (Christ­mas) break, be­cause we had to make some tweaks on how we’re try­ing to do some things. As a re­sult of that, I thought we were able to do a lot of that tonight. There’s still growth that we need, but we were able to ap­ply some of it tonight and take some steps in the right di­rec­tion for sure.”

Siloam Springs (3-8), which lost 50-40 at Prairie Grove on Nov. 20, trailed 7-4 in the first quar­ter af­ter a bas­ket by Jas­mine Wynos.

The Lady Pan­thers then went on a 13-0 run to take con­trol of the game.

Ja­dyn Still started the run with a jumper and a Chloe Price free throw tied the game 7-7. A bas­ket in­side by Morgan Wi­nes­burg gave Siloam Springs a 9-7 lead they would never re­lin­quish.

Emery Brown scored in­side to open the sec­ond quar­ter and Price added a bas­ket fol­lowed by a 3-pointer from Jael Har­ried for a 16-7 lead.

Price split a pair of free throws to com­plete the run.

Wynos stopped the bleed­ing with a bas­ket and Emily Grant hit two free throws to bring the Lady Tigers (5-5) within 17-11. But Siloam Springs closed the half on a 6-2 run to lead 23-13 at half­time.

Har­ried hit a pair of 3-point­ers in the third quar­ter and Syd­ney Moor­man com­pleted a three­p­oint play to help the Lady Pan­thers pull away in the third quar­ter. They would lead by as many as 18 points in the sec­ond half.

Har­ried led Siloam Springs with 17 points, while Price had 13, Still seven, Moor­man three and Brown and Wi­nes­burg each with two.

Grant led Prairie Grove with 10 points.

“I thought we were more pa­tient on the of­fen­sive end,” Rippy said. “We didn’t take as many quick, rushed shots as we’ve done the first part of the sea­son. We’ve tried to get them to re­al­ize that open shots in tran­si­tion are good shots, but if it’s not wide open we’re bet­ter set­ting up and be­ing pa­tient on the of­fen­sive end. We’re try­ing to do that a lit­tle bit bet­ter and con­trol the tempo a lit­tle bit bet­ter.”

Siloam Springs 44, Prairie Grove 29

Prairie Grove 7 6 11 8 — 29

Siloam Springs 9 14 16 5 — 44

Prairie Grove: Grant 10, Madewell 6, Wynos 4, Sugg 3, Craw­ford 2, Hul­bert 2, El­der 2.

Siloam Springs: Har­ried 17, Price 13, Still 7, Moor­man 3, Brown 2, Wi­nes­burg 2.

Gra­ham Thomas/Siloam Sun­day

Siloam Springs se­nior Chloe Price steals the ball away from Spring­dale’s Alexa Bersi and goes the other way with it for a layup dur­ing Fri­day night’s game in the Siloam Springs Hol­i­day Clas­sic. Spring­dale de­feated the Lady Pan­thers 56-37.

Bud Sullins/Spe­cial to Siloam Sun­day

Siloam Springs ju­nior Jael Har­ried takes a shot while Prairie Grove de­fend­ers Kaylee El­der, left, and Emily Grant de­fend­ing dur­ing Thurs­day’s game in the Siloam Springs Hol­i­day Clas­sic. The Lady Pan­thers de­feated the Lady Tigers 44-29.

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