Last week ended on a high note with Academics Plus winning the third of its three contests.
Last Friday, the Falcons (7-14, 5-10 A 5-North) defeated Little Rock Lisa Academy, 45-25. Earlier in the week, they lost to Nemo Vista, 37-31, and to Sacred Heart, 55-25.
Senior guard Rhianna Mooney averaged 19 points in the three contests. She scored 18 against Nemo Vista and Lisa Academy and finished with 21 at Sacred Heart. Additionally, she didn’t play much the fourth quarter against Lisa Academy. Kellie Hough also reached double digits against Lisa Academy with 16 points.
“I was really proud of how the girls fought, and we played well,” Academics Plus Coach Stephanie Wortham said. “We had some our best games.”
Against Nemo Vista, the Falcons got into some foul trouble that put them behind in the second half. Then at the end of the game, they had to foul to catch up.
At Sacred Heart, they were down by 10 at the half. Sacred Heart’s big shots and foul trouble also plagued Academics Plus.
“We had one starter foul out and a couple more in foul trouble,” Wortham said. “The score doesn’t indicate that it was a closer game. We got down the first of the third quarter, and we need to play all four quarters.”
What Wortham liked about the Lisa Academy contest was Academics Plus’ attitudes toward its teammates and the other team. She sees the girls’ attitudes changing after a letdown in the middle of the season.
“It’s been a big, huge difference,” she said. “Against Lisa, they had great sportsmanship. I’ve been at the other end of those games, and good attitudes make a difference.”
Conference play finished last night at Nemo Vista. What Wortham is excited about is Friday’s contest with Pangburn. She played at Rose Bud, and Pangburn was one of its rivals.
“I really want to win,” Wortham said. “I’ve told the girls that. I don’t know what type of team Pangburn has, but I want to beat my old school rival.”