Maumelle Coach Rodney Gilmore is perplexed.
It seems his Lady Hornets are a road team and win away from Hornet gymnasium easier than at home. That scenario played out last Tuesday as the Lady Falcons (2-6, 1-2 4A-4) beat Clarksville, 47-39.
“We are pretty good on the road,” Gilmore said. “I’m going to say it’s a good thing as the district tournament is on the road and everything after that.”
Gilmore was able to figure some things out at Clarksville last week. For one thing, he has two groups of five girls he played. Everybody saw sufficient playing time, and by the end of the contest Gilmore knew who needed to be in the game to pull out the win. He also discovered another facet about Maumelle.
“Usually our downfall is the third quarter, and it was again,” Gilmore said. “I finally figured out in that in the third and fourth quarter we were playing not to lose instead of to win. Once I figured that out and told the girls, we kept the pressure on and got some key steals while Clarksville’s outside shots weren’t falling.”
Senior Morgan Fimpel paced Maumelle with 21 points, and sophomore Kamri Summons added 13. Junior Tiarah Thompson added eight points off the bench, and Gilmore said the bench scored almost 30 of the Lady Hornets’ 47 points. Holding Clarksville to 39 points was also big for Maumelle.
“Defensively, this was the best game we played all year,” Gilmore said. “We played lights out the whole game and hopefully, we can keep up that pace.”
Last night, Maumelle traveled to Dover and Friday host Booneville. Gilmore said it is tough to play at Dover but was anxious to see how the Lady Hornets performed since they compete on the road much better. A victory at home would also be nice.