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MAUMELLE GIRLS BASKETBALL | After holiday break, Hornets return to action

Maumelle Coach Rodney Gilmore is experiencing the ups and downs of guiding a young team.

In the Lady Hornets’ last contest on Dec. 20, they suffered a 14-point loss to Waldron. Leading at the half, Gilmore said the Lady Hornets (1-6, 1-2 4A-4) came out flat in the third period. This conference loss was the second at home.

“We are not winning the games at home,” he said. “We hit good shots at the end but didn’t execute to win at the end.”

What perplexes Gilmore is the two things Maumelle does well aren’t happening. Half-court defense and pressure offense aren’t clicking. With a non-conference matchup at Clarksville last night, he was going to use the game to experiment with some different things.

“We will keep playing and trying to execute the offense,” he said. “We’ll have a different look on defense.”

Gilmore said his team is doing a better job of improving the amount of points scored against the Lady Hornets. But noticed his team is still so green and looks terrified at times.

“A young team that doesn’t know how to win is terrible,” Gilmore said. “They continue to work hard. We watch game film and they are like I can’t believe I did that. Game film doesn’t lie.”

Gilmore was pleased the girls showed up for practice over the Christmas holidays and weren’t late. His plan it to keep having fun and in turn hope the Lady Hornets’ confidence builds. They return to conference play Tuesday at Dover with a home game Jan. 17 against Booneville.

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