Newport Basketball had a busy week beginning Tuesday, January 23rd. Newport hosted the Tuckerman Bulldogs for three games that evening with a performance by the Newport Lil Dribblers. The Greypups played the first game losing by seven points, 46-53. The lead scorers were Chris Reynolds with 20 points, followed by Tharon Davis with 12 points, and Eli Alcorn with eight points.
The Lady Hounds played next and played a close game, losing 40-43. The sophomores lead the way throughout the game. “As a team, we have started shooting better from the 15 foot and three point lines, but miss to many point blank block shots, “ states Coach Atchley. “We only had one player in double digits and two very important seniors with under five points. We need more of a contribution offensively from more girls if we want to win games. We have done a much better job the last two games blocking out and getting offensive rebounds.”
Jerikah Balentine had five points, Lindsey Marlar knocked down the first five points and also grabbed seven rebounds. Taniya Keener scored 13 points, knocked down 3 three pointers and shot 100 percent from the free throw line, four for four. She grabbed six rebounds with five of them in the last half and was fouled on the put back, but mad her free throws. Alicia Neal scored seven points and Keria Worsham grabbed 11 rebounds.
Newport Basketball travelled to Newark on Friday, January 26th to take on the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves. The Greypups won 51-19. Lead scorers were Tharon Davis and Eli Alcorn with 13 points each, followed by Reynolds (8 points), Marshal (8 points), Gates (3 points), Reed (2 points), Kendall (2 points), and Griffin (2 points).
The Lady Hounds lost to the Lady Timberwolves Lady Hounds lost 37-54. Cedar Ridge came out strong a 10-2 run at the beginning of the game. The Lady Hounds got the Timberwolves in foul trouble early, but missed 22 free throws. “We were 11 for 22 from the free throw line, which is absolutely unacceptable. We went from missing 7 in the game before to 22. I try to instill into my girls that free throws win ball games. This game and the game before are prime examples of that,” states Atchley. Lead scorer was Jerikah balentine with 15 points and was six for 13 from the free throw line. Keria Worsham had a double double, 11 points and 10 rebounds and was two for six from free throw line. Saqueena Morgan had five points, eight rebounds and was one for four from free throw line. “Wins do not come easy, you have to work hard for them every day, no matter what.”
The last game of the evening was a celebrated win by the Greyhounds 60-49. Lead scorer was Lucky Loftis with 14 points, followed by Christian Rucker with 13 points, Tydrell Friar with 12 points and Larry Nicholson with 10 points.
The Greyhounds travel to Heber Springs tomorrow night. Game time is 5 pm.