The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears are broadening their horizons. According to head coach Shelly Davis, it’s working well.
"I wanted them to get a taste of different types of competition," Davis said, "see different teams from different parts of the state."
Last Friday, the Lady Bears got a look at the Blytheville Lady Chickasaws. The result was a 59-52 win.
Naomi Gregory led the Lady Bears with 23 points, but Davis said the difference in the win was what she has been looking for all season.
Davis said she has needed an offensive post presence in order to take off a little pressure from her outside scorers in Gregory and Jamedal Byrd.
Val Jarrett came through against Blytheville scoring 11 points.
Davis called her a very athletic player that can "jump out of the gym", but has been inconsistent on the offensive end of the floor.
"She’s great on defense," Davis said, "and she gets rebounds."
Jarrett pleased her coach against a very quick and athletic Blytheville squad.
She also took up a bit of slack left by Byrd who had an off game.
"Jamedal wasn’t herself," Davis said. "She looked sluggish. She asked to come out and she never asks to come out."
Davis believes that if all three of her newfound pieces can develop consistency, then her team can take on a new dynamic.
"If we get production inside," Davis said, "we will be a much better team."
The Lady Bears take on Vilonia this Friday at home.