Finally, the Maumelle Lady Hornets won a contest at home.
After experiencing better success on the road, the Lady Hornets (3-7, 2-3 4A-4) turned the tables and lost, 64-44, last Tuesday at Dover but pulled out a 42-32 victory last Friday at home over the Booneville Lady Bearcats.
While the Lady Pirates had a hot shooting night, Maumelle did make some critical mistakes. Particularly, Coach Rodney Gilmore said the Lady Hornets made a lot of careless turnovers.
"We work on those things every day in practice, but you never know what is going to happen when the lights come on," Gilmore said. "Dover shot lights out, and when a team shoots like that there is nothing you can do. We were down by a point after the first quarter but fell apart after that and didn’t put forth a good defensive effort."
Senior center Morgan Fimpel paced Maumelle with 21 points. She was critical on the inside as the Lady Hornets couldn’t do much from the outside.
In the Booneville contest, Maumelle overcame a halftime deficit. The Lady Hornets started out flat and were down at halftime, 23-15. A talk at halftime turned the tide.
"We didn’t do what I drew up on the board before the game," Gilmore said. "In the second half, we did exactly what I drew up for the first half."
The catalyst for Maumelle was the play of senior point guard Alexis Ellis. Not her natural position, Ellis (6-0) is a forward but offered to play the point after the younger players were struggling. She told Gilmore before the game she was going to get some baskets and finished with 10 points.
"We fed off Alexis," Gilmore said. "She was getting steals off the press and getting baskets, and the crowd went crazy. It was a sight to see."
Fimpel led the Lady Hornets with 20 points. Gilmore said defense and transition was better, and Maumelle held Booneville to five points in the third quarter and four in the fourth period.
"It was good to get the monkey off our backs (winning at home)," Gilmore said. "Monday’s practice was one of the best we had all year."
The Lady Hornets tried to continue their winning ways at home last night and hosted Dardanelle. Thursday, they begin the second half of the conference season and travel to Waldron. In the first meeting, they lost by 15 points.
"We’ll look at what we didn’t do against Waldron the first time," Gilmore said. "If we correct those things, we’ll be O.K."