The Newport Lady Hound basketball team travelled to Heber Springs on Friday, July 13th. The team played four games, one Junior Varsity and three Varsity. Each game consisted of one 25 minute period and one timeout allowed. “The Lady Hounds sustained three injuries throughout the first three games, which significantly impacted our last game,” states Head Coach Victoria Atchley.
In the Junior Varsity game, Newport played Heber Springs. “We used this game as way to get some of the younger players more playing time to help prepare them for the season. During the game Hilda Price rolled her ankle and had to sit out the second game. She did not play as much during the rest of the camp as she normally does, because of the injury.”
The Varsity team played three games. The first game was against Heber Springs. The team led Heber by 5-8 points most of the game, excelled both defensively and offensively. Alicia Neal dislocated her shoulder with close to a minute and half left. “I quickly pulled her out of the game and put someone else in the middle of the game,” states Atchley. “Her injury was my and Coach Martin’s first priority. Within that short time, Heber was able to take the lead and we were down three with only ten seconds left. We unfortunately lost this game, but I was very proud of the girls. They played well as a team, slowed the game down, and kept it at our pace.”
The second game was against Cedar Ridge. “The girls played their best game during this game. We pressed them until we were up 15-4 and won the game by 18. Again, the team worked well together on the press, defense and offensively.” During the game, the leading scorer rolled her ankle and did not play in the last game.
The final game for the Lady Hounds was against Riverview. The Lady Hounds lost by 10 points against a great team, who went to the 4A state championship game last season. Unfortunately, the Lady Hounds played without their leading scorer, were able to use the other two injured players for only few minutes. One of which was the team primary ball handler. “The Riverview team is very competitive, and will do very well next year. They will be our greatest competition. I am very optimistic about this upcoming season against them,” says Atchley.