PINE BLUFF — When you play in the first round of the state tournament, you never know how they are going to play,” head coach Shelley Davis said before the Sylvan Hills Lady Bears took the floor in the opening round of the 5A state tournament at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
It turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Whatever could go wrong did for the Sylvan Hills Lady Bears did.
The Huntsville Lady Eagles jumped ahead quickly and never looked back beating Sylvan Hills 70-37
The Lady Bears failed to score a point in the first 10 minutes and 50 seconds and fell behind 27-0 before NO.1 scored at the 5:10 mark of the second quarter.
The run put the Lady Bears in a deficit they couldn’t recover from.
A dejected Davis was very matter of fact.
“It was the worst start I’ve ever had,” Davis said.
Just how bad was it?
The Lady Bears were 0-for-16 from the floor before Rayen Hendrick’s bucket put them on the scoreboard at the 5:10 mark.
The Lady Bears that played on Wednesday were incredibly young for a state tournament team. Freshman Jessica Brasfield started at point guard in place of K.K. Fulton who has been nursing a bruised knee for the past two weeks.
“I looked on the floor and counted two freshmen, two sophomores and a senior,” Davis said. “No wonder we were struggling.”
Not that 37 points in three quarters isn’t respectable, but it wasn’t near enough to recover from such a poor start.
Jamedal Byrd led the Lady Bears with eight points. Hendricks had seven.
Davis’ young team got a taste of postseason play that they will likely not forget going into summer basketball.
“It’s something we will build on this summer,” Davis said.