Maumelle’s rematch with Clarksville last Tuesday didn’t turn out the way Coach Michael Shook wanted.
A one-point game at the end of the first quarter turned into a blowout as the Panthers secured an 84-59 victory. The Hornets (7-7, 4-0 4A-4) redeemed themselves last Friday with a 53-47 conference victory at Subiaco.
“We played the first quarter then the game (Clarksville) got out of hand,” Shook said. “Nothing was good about that game. Clarksville shot lights out and a lot better than in Hot Springs.”
Maumelle had played Clarksville in the first round of the Spa City Shootout over the Christmas break. Shook was hoping that 61-55 loss would be redeemed. In last Tuesday’s game, 12 guys scored with junior Gary Burton leading the pack with eight points.
“We had internal issues that upset me, and I addressed those,” Shook said. “I guess it worked at Subiaco.”
Against the Trojans, the Hornets had to overcome a slow first-quarter start. Trailing 15-6 after the first period, they reduced the lead to three right before halftime but two turnovers led to Subiaco owning a 29-22 halftime margin.
“(Coach Tim) Tencleve does a good job, and Subiaco is fun,” Shook said. “It’s a tough environment and is loud but is my favorite place to play. We came out flat, offense had no movement and our defense was suspect. We had an emotional halftime, upped our intensity and Subi’s turnovers went up.”
The contest was tied at 38-all at the end of the third period before Maumelle pulled out the victory in the fourth stanza. Junior Tyshun Robinson led the Hornets with 14 points, and JB Minix chipped in 10.
Last night, Maumelle traveled to Dover and Friday hosts Booneville. Expected to win both conference games, Shook is using practice time to work on free throws and do running drills. One thing Shook has narrowed down is his top seven players, and the five starters come from those seven depending on the opponents’ strengths and size.