Lady Trojans climb back into 5A South race by stopping Sheridan

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Hot Springs’ girls have climbed back into the 5A South basketball race with Tuesday night’s impressive win over Sheridan, 44-30.

The Lady Trojans (9-6, 3-2) swarmed Sheridan on defense, and never trailed after scoring the game’s first 12 points. It took Sheridan more than six minutes to get on the scoreboard.  They led 32-16 at halftime, and cruised the final two quarters, milking the clock just like head coach Josh Smith asked.

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Lady Trojans’ Jaylia Reed (2) drives past three Sheridan defenders for layup.

5A South race a little tighter

“I told the girls at halftime we want to take quality shots, we’re in no rush whatsoever,” said Smith. “Just be patient on offense. The girls did a great job of understanding what we wanted to get done. We did a pretty good job of finishing out the game.”

Jaylia Reed and Jurnee Hicks accounted for 25 of Hot Springs’ first half points. Reed finished with 17, while Hicks contributed 15.

Sheridan had several opportunities to cut into its deficit. The Trojans’ only three points in the third quarter came from Reed when she converted a conventional three-point play with 36 seconds left.

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Coach Smith praises Jurnee Hicks

“Jurnee is capable of scoring at least fifteen points every game,” said Smith. “It was good to get her back in a rhythm. Everybody that plays us knows we go to No. 2 (Reed) and No. 24 (Hicks). Folks do their best to shut them down. The girls are adjusting and adapting every night out the way we want them to play. This is three wins in a row, which is really big.”

Sheridan’s sensational freshman Kayden Porter was the biggest reason the game wasn’t more lopsided. She led the Lady Jackets with 14 points, with most coming in the final few minutes. Smith praised his team for holding Porter to only five points in the first three quarters.

The Trojans won in Texarkana Monday night, and defeated El Dorado on Saturday in a makeup game. Tuesday’s contest was Hot Springs’ fourth game in five days.