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SYLVAN HIILS GIRLS Bears coming together

They are putting together a pretty nice run.

After an inconsistent stretch of the conference season, the Sylvan Hills Lady Bears got a big 50-45 road win at Helena on Tuesday and stand in third place and in firm control of a state tournament berth.

“I was not pleased with the first two and a half quarters,” head coach Shelly Davis said.

Davis said that her team didn’t come out as intense on defense as she would have preferred, and the Helena-West Helena Lady Cougars hit some outside shots in the early going.

Down double digits, the Lady Bears found a way to come back thanks to the defensive pressure Davis expected in the open.

Jamedal Byrd who had 16 points made an impact on defense as well.

“She (Byrd) was stepping into passes all through the second half,” Davis said.

Naomi Gregory was Sylvan Hills’ offensive leader with 21 points. K.K. Fulton who has missed some recent time chipped in nine points and “played very well” in her time.

Fulton’s backup, Jessica Brasfield, handled the position well in Fulton’s absence and has been used extensively even in Fulton’s presence.

“We don’t have many ball handlers,” Davis said, “and she handles it well.”

The Lady Bears are 7-3 in the 5A-Central and are in prime position to make the playoffs with four games left. Two of those games are at home against the league’s top two beginning with Little Rock Christian.

Davis said the Lady Bears have something to prove after a lackluster performance in their first game.

“I just feel like that wasn’t us,” Davis said. “We didn’t show up.”

A rematch win over the Lady Warriors followed by a win over the Jacksonville Lady Red Devils next week will go a long way in Sylvan Hills’ climb in the standings.

“I feel good that we have these games at home,” Davis said.

A win will further enhance the Lady Bears’ position in the 5A-Central pecking order, and solidify their state tournament plans.

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