Fortunately as the Maumelle Lady Hornets began 4A-4 district play last night in Pottsville, they went into the contest with Booneville on a winning stride.
Last Saturday in a make-up game, the Lady Hornets (4-12) defeated Dover, the No. 2 seed, 47-43. The victory was a much needed boost as Maumelle enters the district tournament with the goal of getting one of the four regional berths. Coach Rodney Gilmore was pleased with the way the Lady Hornets carried out the game plan which was set in motion in a 47-31 loss at Dardanelle last Tuesday.
“We carried out the game plan we put in against Dardanelle,” Gilmore said. “We did what we were supposed to do against Dardanelle, but we couldn’t score.”
The offense was better against Dover while the defense gave Maumelle a chance. In the first meeting between the two, Dover easily won 64-44, and its biggest lead was 13-7 in the first quarter. The Lady Hornets tied the contest at 20-all at the half before pulling out the victory in the second half.
“It was great win,” Gilmore said. “It was also a great momentum booster beating the number two team in the conference after getting beat down at their place.”
Gilmore said Maumelle accumulated 20 blocks and praised the play of sophomores Kayla Woods-Gray and Taylor Lockhart. Woods-Gray led Maumelle with 11 points.
If the Lady Hornets won last night, they play Waldron at 6 p.m. today, and a victory would garner them a berth into next week’s regional tournament.
Gilmore told his team anything can happen in the district tournament and also reminded Maumelle to not take anything for granted.