Van­zant Shoots 1,000 Points

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Humphrey

FARM­ING­TON — Five games into her ju­nior sea­son, three-year starter Makenna Van­zant reached the 1,000 ca­reer-point plateau Fri­day as Farm­ing­ton de­feated for­mer 5A West foe, Clarksville, 49-36.

In 68 ca­reer games it took Van­zant to score 1,000 points she av­er­ages 14.7 points-per-game, a feat all the more im­pres­sive tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion Van­zant has been paired with an­other pro­fi­cient scorer, se­nior Madisyn Pense, for her en­tire var­sity ca­reer. Pense played five games as a fresh­man dur­ing the 2015-2016 sea­son and is ap­proach­ing the 1,000-point ca­reer thresh­old her­self with 945 points in 73 ca­reer games an av­er­age of 12.9-points-per-game.

The girls com­ple­ment each other well and have be­come a dy­namic duo on the bas­ket­ball court.

Op­po­nents, who fo­cus on guard­ing one run the risk of get­ting scorched by the other.

Pu­laski Academy learned that the hard way suf­fer­ing a 78-60 loss to the Lady Car­di­nals on Nov. 24 dur­ing the Slim Chick­ens Clas­sic tour­na­ment hosted by Spring­dale Har-Ber. The Lady Bru­ins held Van­zant to 7 points, but to her credit she didn’t force the is­sue tak­ing only 2 shots and mak­ing both in­clud­ing a 3-pointer. Mean­while, Pense spot­ted up and singed the nets from down­town con­nect­ing on 6-of-9 shots be­yond the 3-point arc.

Farm­ing­ton ath­letic direc­tor Brad Blew, a 2018 in­ductee into the Arkansas High School Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion Hall of Fame af­ter a stel­lar 23-year coach­ing stint, had sev­eral play­ers reach 1,000 points in their ca­reers. To­day’s tech­nol­ogy makes track­ing in­di­vid­ual scor­ing to­tals much eas­ier.

“We didn’t have Hudl and score­tracker and those things,” Blew said, ad­ding he mostly con­cerned him­self with the won-loss statis­tic.

Ac­cord­ing to the Blew the most re­cent Farm­ing­ton bas­ket­ball

play­ers to achieve the feat were on the boys team: Matt Wil­son (2015-2016), who holds the school record for most points in a game with 50 against Clarksville; and Matt Thomas (2013-2016).

“She’s a great player, she such a hard worker. She had the health is­sues a year ago. If any­body de­serves great things to hap­pen to her she’s one of those peo­ple,” Blew said. “It’s a real good feat. She’s meant so much to this pro­gram that I’m not sur­prised. To do that in that num­ber of games (68) is re­ally unique.”

Other 1,000-Point Scor­ers

Else­where among 4A-1 girls bas­ket­ball teams, Ber­ryville has two 1,000point scor­ers on its ros­ter in se­nior guard Baylea Smith and se­nior post Han­nah Mor­rell. The Lady Bob­cat team­mates both achieved the feat re­cently this sea­son. Baylea Smith made a 3-pointer while lead­ing the team with 15 points against an­other league op­po­nent, Pea Ridge, dur­ing a 44-39 win in the cham­pi­onship game of the 2018 Queens of the Court girls bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment hosted by Green For­est. Mor­rell scored a layup in a fast start of a 51-19 blowout of West Fork on Nov. 8. The 6-1 cen­ter scored 11 points in the first five min­utes.

Farm­ing­ton trav­els to Ber­ryville for a 4A-1 Con­fer­ence game af­ter the Christ­mas break on Jan­uary 15, 2019.

Farm­ing­ton 49, Clarksville 36

Van­zant scored her 1,000 ca­reer-point Fri­day as Farm­ing­ton beat Clarksville, 49-36, dur­ing the Tyson Clas­sic in Pottsville. Pense had 16 points to lead the Lady Car­di­nals (5-0), who led 24-21 at half­time and 35-28 af­ter three quar­ters. Van­zant added 14 while Tori Kersey added 10.

Em­ma­line Rieder led Clarksville (6-2) with 14 points.

FARM­ING­TON 49, CLARKSVILLE 36

Clarksville 10 11 7 8 — 36 Farm­ing­ton 15 9 11 14 — 49

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Farm­ing­ton ju­nior Makenna Van­zant, shown mak­ing a left-handed layup against Green­land’s Des­tiny Jack­son on Nov. 23, scored point No. 1,000 of her high school ca­reer dur­ing the Lady Car­di­nals’ 49-36 vic­tory over Clarksville Nov. 30 while com­pet­ing in the Tyson Clas­sic hosted by Pottsville. Van­zant scored 14 points which is close to her ca­reer av­er­age of 14.7 in 68 games.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Ber­ryville se­nior Baylea Smith (shoot­ing) and cen­ter Han­nah Mor­rell (No. 41), shown com­pet­ing against Farm­ing­ton in a ben­e­fit game, have both scored 1,000 points in their high school ca­reers.

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