HOT SPRINGS, Ar. — Hot Springs is a work in progress, and the Lady Trojans are making dramatic improvement. That is based on Sheridan’s, 64-46 win at the Trojan Arena Tuesday night.
The Trojans led early, but Sheridan’s girls went on an 11-0 run at the end of the first quarter for an 18-8 lead.
Hot Springs outscored the Lady Jackets in the second quarter by a single point. The Trojans were matching Sheridan bucket-for-bucket in the third quarter. Kelsey Rieman and Kayden Porter rallied Sheridan, turning a three-point defitcit into a 13-point advantage. Most of the winner’s field goals came inside the paint on layups when Sheridan had a two-on-one player advantage. The Jackets also swished eight 3-pointers in the game.
Lady Trojans beaten inside the paint
“Sheridan broke our mentality with those two-on-one situations in the paint,” said Hot Springs coach Josh Smith. “We had junked it up defensively, playing a triangle-and-two all night. We tried to take away their two best players, and others stepped up for them. Early in the third quarter we were matching everything they did, but they eventually broke our mojo.
“Tonight was one of our better offensive showings, and our two leading scorers struggled. Our leading scorer was held scoreless. We just couldn’t get a stop. One stop and we might have changed the momentum.”
Hot Springs sophomore Bethann Mullenix buried three 3-pointers and led the Trojans’ offense with 15 points. Sophomore Heaven Jacobs was close behind with 12 points. However, Sheridan’s defense shut down Kyabra Lomax.
The win keeps Sheridan one game back of front-runner Benton in the 5A South standings. The Trojans’ next game is at home next Tuesday against arch-rival Lakeside, a winner Tuesday at Texarkana.