It's was an excited season on the hardwood for the Blevins Lady Hornets as they produced the most wins in Hempstead County to finish 32-11 overall under the direction of veteran head coach Mark Hall.
It's was an excited season on the hardwood for the Blevins Lady Hornets as they produced the most wins in Hempstead County to finish 32-11 overall under the direction of veteran head coach Mark Hall. The Lady Hornets competed hard in the first round bout at the Class 2A state girls basketball tournament on Thursday Mar. 2, but fell to Pangburn Lady Tigers 74-59 in their battle at state hosted in Quitman.
The Lady Hornets opened the game with a 15-14 advantage to lead the Lady Tigers at the end of first quarter action. In the second, the Lady Hornets posted in double-digits with 10 points, but Pangburn out-scored Blevins with 18 points. At halftime, the Lady Hornets trailed Pangburn 32-25. In the second half, the Lady Hornets came out the locker room for a 15 points scoring quarter in the third, but Pangburn produced their highest scoring period of the game with 24 points. At the end of three periods of action, the Lady Hornets trailed Pangburn, 56-40.
In the fourth period, the Lady Hornets fought hard to rally back by out-scoring Pangburn 19-18, but the Lady Tigers' 16 point advantage at the start of the finale quarter soared them to victory and ended Blevins season of hoops in the first round at state.
Blevins' dynamic and team leading scorer Jasmine Batson led them with another big scoring night for 24 points, Madison Hall and Amani Furlow both dropped 12 points apiece for double-figures.
Coach Mark Hall was more than proud of how the Lady Hornets competed at state and the entire season. Through Hall's three seasons as head coach at Blevins, the Lady Hornets have improved each season as the 2016-17 year has been the best by far for him. The Lady Hornets are young, but will return a host of talented players that has grasp experience on the senior high level and look to be one of the top teams in the state next season for Class 2A.
"I'm real proud of these kids. We're extremely young with freshman and sophomores but I'm excited about the future. It's a blessing to get to the state tournament. We've got to be more physical but this was a good learning experience for them," said Hall. "I thought we battled hard and extremely proud of them. It's been a great year and will have the whole team back. I can't complain, they're over achievers."
This season, the Lady Hornets beat some talented teams to produce one of the best years of hoops for Blevins girls basketball program. The Lady Hornets earned an No. 1 seed for the 2A South Regional Tournament to finish as runner-ups and crown 7-2A West District Tourney champs. The Lady Hornets also won the Southwest Arkansas Shootout hosted at Bradley to clinch the 20 wins mark back in January.
This was the first state tournament appearance for the Lady Hornets since the late 2000's to earn an high seed at No. 2.