Sylvan Hills head coach Shelley Davis was speaking some rare rhetoric this week after Tuesday’s 12-point loss to the Malvern Lady Leopards.

All she could speak of was how well her team played despite falling 59-47 to a very talented team.

"We played really well," said Davis. "I know we lost by 14, but the game seemed like six."

Naomi Gregory once again led the Lady Bears with 21 points while Jamedal Byrd added 19.

Davis said her dynamic duo has been playing well so far in this young season.

"They really have," Davis said.

Davis also stated how impressed she was with her opponents Tuesday night.

"They (Malvern) have three girls that will probably play in college," Davis said. "They are very athletic and could shoot. They may win the 4A state title."

Davis said the Lady Leopards’ defense also stifled them a bit.

"They started off in man," Davis said, "and then their zone deadened us a bit."

Sylvan Hills will make a familiar trip up Highway 67 to Newport in their second meeting of the season.

Davis said while her team’s senior leadership is an early strength, the Lady Bears need some of the younger players to step up their quality of play to add depth.

"We need more girls to contribute offensively and defensively," Davis said. "We are very good at what we do."