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Catholic 64, Southside 44 The Rockets jumped ahead of the Mavericks 10-2 after one and rolled to a 64-44 victory in 6A-Central play. Mykale Franks led the Mavericks (5-14, 0-5) with 13 points. Elijah York finished with 10, and Jairo Senior Brian Flanagan led the Rockets (7-10, 1-4) with 24 points. He spearheaded a big third quarter run with 12 points. In all, he had 16 second half points. The Mavericks travel to Little Rock Tuesday to play the Tigers, then return to Fort Smith next Friday to battle Northside....

1/26/2020

One streak ended Friday. Another carried on. But it wasn’t without a battle. “I told the girls it was bout two runs,” Southside coach Robert Brunk said following Friday’s 52-26 loss to Mount St. Mary. “The first quarter, we got down 15 and in the third quarter we got outscored by 10,” Brunk continued. “If we get rid of those two stretches, it’s a little bit different story. But that’s basketball. You don’t get to pick and choose what you want to do.” The Mavericks’ story played out Friday the way it has for 44 straight games — with nothing to show. But there are flashes. Sophomore Dylon McCord popped three 3-pointers in the second quarter of Friday’s game, helping the Mavericks close a 23-4 deficit to 27-14. “Dylon McCord, she does that sometimes; she gets hot and hits some baskets sometimes,” Brunk said. “She is second on the team in 3-point percentage with Ashlyn Roffine. We know that when Dylon gets hot she may know down two or three. We were glad to see her get going, because in conference play she hasn’t had a night like that, because it’s a little more difficult against the teams that we play.” The Belles outscored the Mavericks, 17-12, following their hot start. The lead soon swelled to 41-17 midway through the third quarter. “We were a little shaky against the press early, but after we settled down we were getting breakaways and we were getting layup (opportunity),” Brunk said. “We didn’t finish off the play at times, but that’s growth. At have the right idea; it’s just about being a basketball player and finishing.” Catherine Althoff and Kaitlin Tarini finished with 19 and 13 points, respectively, for the winners. Mount St. Mary’s (7-11, 1-4) hadn’t won since posting back-to-back wins over Fountain Lake and Arkadelphia at the Spa City Classic in late December. Accord’s nine first half points led the Mavericks who, after Friday’s loss, have dropped 44 in a row. “It’s hard to keep a good attitude with this team, because we’re down and we haven’t won since last season, but we really work hard at keeping a positive attitude,” Sabrina Phonkhoumphon said following Friday’s game. “We make sure we keep our head right and keep a positive attitude throughout the season....

1/25/2020

There’s nothing easy about the 6A-Central. For Southside, it won’t get any easier today when the Mavericks travel to Bryant. Southside (5-12, 0-3) is coming off an 81-46 loss to North Little Rock. Coach Stewart Adams said the Charging Wildcats may be the most difficult team to play in the conference. And that says a lot. Bryant, which won the bid to host the 6A state tournament this year, is currently 10-6 overall and 2-1 in the league. The Hornets have won two in a row following a loss to Northside in the team’s league opener. “We’ve talked about this league; if we’re not playing at peak performance as the game goes along, the sample size gets bigger,” Adams said. “That’s what we’re working on; we’ve got to fight through four quarters. That’s a team that if you make a mistake they’re going to capitalize on it; they’re good at getting going. “Then if your guys get tired, they’re bringing in fresh bodies — they’re the deepest team we’ve seen this year.” The Mavericks return home Friday to face Mount St. Mary and Catholic in a girls and boys doubleheader....

1/21/2020

North Little Rock boys basketball coach Johnny Rice can’t remember a tougher conference. That’s why he felt like a big start Friday was crucial. Spencer Simes scored 25 points and the Charging Wildcats motored past the Mavericks, 81-46, to remain tied for a share of the conference lead. “Our whole goal at the beginning was to not let them get into their sets,” Rice said. “We didn’t want them to get comfortable at home and do whatever they wanted to do.” The Charging Wildcats (12-3, 3-0) led 14-3 before coach Mavericks coach Stewart Adams could burn a timeout. “If we’re not playing at peak performance as the game gets going, the sample size gets bigger,” Adams said. “The game will get further and further away from us, and that’s something we’re working on.” Southside actually fought to within 18-13 on the strength of Dedrick Washington’s basket at the 3:16 mark of the first quarter. But North Little Rock rattled off 14 points to finish the first period, and the Charging Wildcats opened the second with another 3-pointer for a 23-point lead. NLR hit seven of their 11 3-pointers in the first half. Southside fell behind by 28 (50-22) at the half. Simes nearly outscored the Mavericks by himself, scoring 21 on 9-of-12 shooting. Mykale Franks picked it up for the Mavericks in the second half, scoring 13 of his team-high 20 points in the final 16 minutes. He and senior starter Elijah York actually came out out with 6½ minutes left to play. Washington added 12 points for the Mavericks. “That’s a team that if you make a mistake, they capitalize on it,” Adams said. “They are good at getting momentum going. They’re the deepest team we’ve seen this year.” “This is my eighth year and there is as parity in this league as I’ve seen,” Rice said. “From one through eight, there’s not much drop off. You have to be ready every night. “Everybody is well coached and everybody’s got players.” NLR 86, Southside 21 GIRLS — The Southside Lady Mavericks fell at home Friday, 86-21. Ashlyn Roffine had six points her return from an injury. Junior Aleigha Johnson finished with four....

1/18/2020

The Conway Wampus Cats opened 6A-Central play with a 79-56 win over the Southside Mavericks. Mykale Franks had 14 for the Mavericks (5-10, 0-1). Jairo Phonesouphan added 13 points....

1/11/2020

No one likes playing games more than Southside coach Stewart Adams. But the first-year boys coach was happy to be in the lab last week preparing for the brutal stretch of games in the 6A-Central. “We needed it,” Adams said. “After the Coke Classic, it’s kind of a good time of the year to evaluate your team and figure out if this is what we want to do the rest of conference.” The Mavericks (5-9) open 6A-Central play Friday on the road against 10-2 Conway. The Mavs travel to Cabot (10-3) Tuesday and return home Jan. 17 to play 8-3 North Little Rock. Adams is hopeful the rest will give the Mavericks an edge heading into league play. “I know a lot of teams scheduled games in-between (Christmas tournaments), but we had a few injuries in the Coke Classic where we needed to get healthy,” he said. “We haven’t had our lineup since the Van Buren game.” When healthy, the Mavericks’ starting five includes leading scorer Mykale Franks at the point and Dawsyn Smith and Elijah York at the off-guard position. Smith, in particular, was a key loss during the Coke Classic. He missed time after sustaining a concussion during the first half of the Mavericks’ loss to the Pointers. “He had like eight points in the first half of that game,” Adams said. “Without him, and some other guys, we were able to take a look at some players who may be able to help us.” Inexperience, depth and Division I players notwithstanding, the Mavericks will do their best, Adams said, to shake up the league. “You start looking at film on these guys; you’re trying to find the easy one (to beat) — there’s not one,” the coach said. “There are no average teams. Probably four or five teams in our conference are capable of winning the state championship.” That group includes Northside, Adams said. “Northside finished fourth (6A-Central) and ended up winning the state title,” he said. “We know what we’re up against.” Southside girls coach Robert Brunk said the Mavericks are still not close to being 100 percent healthy. “Sadly, no,” he said. Brunk, the first-year girls coach, said the team is without three starters who have started at one point or another this season. He added he hopes to get everyone back before the end of the season. The Mavericks have lost all 12 of their games this season and 39 straight over two-plus seasons....

1/10/2020

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