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SYLVAN HILLS GIRLS Tornado warning leads to gym evacuation, Bears still win

Weather delayed Sylvan Hills’ game on Tuesday night versus Little Rock McClellan, but it did not change an inevitable outcome, a 53-40 win.

With 1:59 to go in the third quarter and a 10-point lead for Sylvan Hills, a tornado warning forced evacuation of the gym putting players in classrooms and spectators in the cafeteria.

Lady Bears’ coach Shelly Davis said she was a bit concerned with how her team would respond after the 20-minute delay.

“You never know what’s going to happen after something like that,” Davis said.

What happened was a team win, something that Davis hasn’t seen in a while. Davis finally got her two best players back on the same page.

Naomi Gregory hit five 3-point shots and led the Lady Bears with 19 points while Jamedal Byrd stepped in with 18 to get the win.

“I was very pleased,” Davis said after Tuesday’s win. “We played as a team tonight.”

Getting everyone on the same page has been an issue for the Lady Bears as of late resulting in a pair of blowout losses to Little Rock Christian and Jacksonville.

“Those games weren’t pretty,” Davis said.

But Davis said Tuesday’s performance was vey encouraging.

“We definitely played well together,” Davis said. “We crashed the boards hard (Tuesday).”

The improvement came after a team meeting after last week’s bad losses.

“We’ve got some young players,” Davis said, “and we felt like we got some things resolved.”

The win on Tuesday represents a sweep of McClellan on the season; a feat that Davis said goes a long way in getting to the state tournament.

“It was one of those bubble games,” Davis said. “Right now every win we get is precious.”

The wins get more precious as the season goes on. The Lady Bears face Little Rock Mills at home on Friday and take a trip to Helena-West Helena on Tuesday.

The Lady Bears will need to improve on Tuesday’s win, and Davis said she feels like her team is definitely on the upswing.

“It’s not our effort that has been iffy,” Davis said. “It’s always how well we play as a team.”

If they look as good in the coming weeks as they did against the Lady Lions, Davis may need to be thinking about travel plans to Pine Bluff at the end of February.

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