In the first game of the night the Har-Ber Lady Wildcats would take on the Fayetteville Lady Bulldogs at Wildcat Arena. Fayetteville came into the game with an overall record of 11-15 and 6-7 in 6A West Conference play whereas the Lady Wildcats entered the game with an overall record of 20-4 and 12-0 in 6A West Conference play. After the first quarter of play, the Lady Bulldogs would lead 12-8 over the Lady Wildcats. In the second quarter Har-Ber would light it up offensively and crack down defensively and go into half up 28-15. In the second half the Lady Wildcats would continue to be in control of the game and head into the fourth leading the Lady Bulldogs 42-27. The Lady Wildcats would win the game 51-37 over the Lady Bulldogs and finish the conference season with an unblemished record of 13-0 which is the first time ever in their history. Har-Ber was led by junior Pacious McDaniel with 23 points, senior Caylan Koons with 14 points, sophomore Delaney Roller with 8 points and junior Mary Blake Martfeld with 4 points. Fayetteville was led by junior Wynter Beck with 16 points. Har-Ber improved to 21-4 overall and 13-0 in 6A West Conference play whereas Fayetteville dropped to 11-16 overall and 6-8 in 6A West Conference play. Fayetteville will open with LR Central on March 2nd to begin the state tournament. Har-Ber will have a first-round bye and will not open play until March 3rd at 4:00 PM against the winner of the 4 seed from the 6A Central, the Bryant Lady Hornets, and the 5 seed from the 6A West, the Rogers Lady Mounties.
Senior Trinity Brown on what it means to finish the conference season undefeated and winning conference as a senior:
“Last year we went through a lot, so coming out this year we just had the mentality that we needed to go as hard as we can for long as we can and come to practice every day ready to work, and being undefeated in conference, we’re the first team to ever do that in Har-Ber history so it’s just an incredible feeling. It’s also amazing to see how much we’ve grown as a team and coached each other up and been there for each other.
On how they can carry this into the state tournament:
“We’re coming for it; we want it and I think us doing this has helped us get to where we are right now and being undefeated in conference is our strongest thing right now.”
In the second game of the night, the Har-Ber Wildcats would take on the visiting Fayetteville Bulldogs. Fayetteville entered the game with an overall record of 20-5 and 12-1 in 6A West Conference play whereas Har-Ber came into the game with an overall record of 17-6 and 7-6 in 6A West Conference play. After 1 quarter of play the visiting Bulldogs would lead 13-12 over the Wildcats. In the second quarter the game would go back and forth with Fayetteville holding a slim lead at half 28-25 over Har-Ber. In the third quarter both offenses would really come to life and Fayetteville would lead 49-48 going to the fourth quarter. In the final quarter of the game, both teams would continue to stay hot offensively, but Har-Ber would prevail 72-69 over the Fayetteville Bulldogs thanks to clutch defensive stops down the stretch and clutch throws from senior Cameron Mains who would ice the game. Fayetteville was led by sophomore Ornette Gaines with 30 points and senior Landon Glasper with 25 points. Har-Ber was led by senior Cameron Mains with 22 points with 11 coming in the fourth quarter and junior Jake Fontenopulos with 17 points. Fayetteville dropped to 20-6 overall and 12 -2 in 6A West Conference play. Fayetteville will have a first-round bye and not play until March 3rd at 5:30 against the winner of the 4th seeded Northside Grizzlies and 5th seeded Har-Ber Wildcats in the state tournament. Har-Ber improved to 18-6 overall and finished 8-6 in 6A West Conference play. Har-Ber will play 4th seeded Northside from the 6A Central on March 1st at 5:30 PM in the state tournament.
Senior Cameron Mains on what it means to beat Fayetteville on senior night:
“It means a lot; we’ve prepared for this game, and we came together as a team and just really happy we stuck it out and fought through it”
Story by Will Johnson