The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears have had some good luck in Newport.
A win in the beginning of the season followed by a deep run in the Newport Invitational losing in the tourney finals to Cedar Ridge.
Monday was no different. K.K. Fulton’s performance in the first quarter led the Lady Bears to a 54-49 win over the Newport Lady Greyhounds.
Head coach Shelly Davis said her junior point guard may have found her way offensively.
“She has always had that midrange jumper,” Davis said. “They left her open and she decided to shoot the jumper.”
Nine of Sylvan Hills first 12 points belonged to Fulton. She finished with 14.
That type of contribution is what Davis said is needed to go along with her two leading scorers in Jamedal Byrd and Naomi Gregory.
Fulton’s uprising will make Sylvan Hills harder to defend according to Davis making opponents pay more attention to her point guard rather than concetrating solely on Byrd and Gregory.
While Monday’s result was desirable, how her team played wasn’t exactly pleasing to Davis.
“Sometimes when we win, we look bad,” Davis said, “and when we lose we look good.”
Their 14-point loss to Malvern last week and the effort given in a loss to defending 4A state champion Star City was what Davis was looking for.
“That’s why I don’t really look at score,” Davis said of evaluating her team.
Davis said her team wasn’t quite mentally present on Monday but did not offer that as an excuse.
The Lady Bears take on Blytheville this Friday.