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MAUMELLE GIRLS BASKETBALL | Hornets struggle in two losses

Maumelle's Madeline Laster Paul Fimpel Jr. photo
Maumelle's Madeline Laster Paul Fimpel Jr. photo

If only Maumelle Coach Rodney Gilmore could get his Lady Hornets to play without fear, then perhaps victories would come.

Last week, the Lady Hornets (3-9, 2-5 4A-4) suffered a 50-39 loss to Dardanelle at home and also lost at Waldron last Thursday.

“I never thought we would be in this position,” Gilmore said. “We still have so much fear of the game. For some people, it takes a lot longer to get over it. It (the season) continues to be hard.”

Looking at film, Gilmore does see improvement from the beginning of the season until now. One thing Gilmore wishes is Maumelle would play every game instead of every two games. It seems after a couple of losses, the Lady Hornets will turn in a good performance and get a win.

Maumelle is a young team comprised mostly of sophomore with four upperclassmen. The group of sophomores is not used to winning, so Gilmore is trying to overcome that obstacle.

“I can’t get to the point where I want it more than the kids,” Gilmore said. “Otherwise, I will make bad decisions and rash judgments and lose the teaching, and the girls won’t learn. The kids have to want it more.”

If the Lady Hornets could quit playing scared, they would make better passes and run their press better. When they do execute the press, they get the steals.

“We have no other option but to play and continue to get better,” Gilmore said. “We have to handle the pressure and play more consistent.”

Last night, Maumelle traveled to Pottsville and were without the services of senior center Morgan Fimpel, who is battling the flu. The plan was to not let Pottsville’s big girl get the ball and put the pressure on the guards.

Friday, the Lady Hornets host Mena. In the first meeting, they won 52-45. Gilmore is hoping Maumelle can get on the winning track again.

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