Maumelle Coach Michael Shook knew the young Hornets would take some lumps competing the in blended 5A/6A-Central.
That scenario played out last week when the Hornets lost to the top two teams in the conference. Last Tuesday, they lost at Little Rock Parkview, 66-45, then last Friday lost at Little Rock Christian, 55-52.
Though the Hornets lost two games in a row, Shook isn’t displeased with their performance. Since Maumelle is really a member of the 5A-West conference, the wins and losses don’t matter. The important thing is how Maumelle (11-11, 4-5 5A/6A-Central) performs in the 5A-West district tournament next month.
“The scores don’t’ reflect the true games,” Shook said. “I’m disappointed in our record, but I’m happy were we are. We are farther along than what I thought we would be this far into the season. It’s a process of getting better.”
Shook said the Hornets have become more consist game-to-game. Now, they need to be consistent from the beginning of the game until the end of the game.
“We did that for the most part against Little Rock Christian except for the last couple of minutes,” he said. “When we put it all together we can play with anybody. But, we don’t have a large margin for error.”
Maumelle played with Parkview for three quarters last Tuesday. Shook said the Hornets played great for three quarters and did everything they wanted to, but the fourth quarter was their downfall. They only recorded nine points in the period. Junior Brahm Harris led Maumelle with 11 points.
“We lost our minds,” Shook said. “We picked up our intensity on defense which led to transition, but we took bad, unforced shots. Those led to rebounds being thrown down as dunks and blocked shots. We didn’t stick to the game plan.”
Shook said the Little Rock Christian game was a game of runs. Maumelle trailed at the half by three points but went on a 14-0 run in the second half to lead 43-36 after three quarters. Harris paced Maumelle with 22 points, and sophomore Tre Flowers contributed 11.
“We are up, and the next I know I have to tell the guys to slow down because we were making turnovers,” Shook said. “The pace changed throughout the game and at times was a halfcourt game.”
This week the Hornets face two teams they defeated in the first round of the 5A/6A-Central conference. On Tuesday, they lost to Jacksonville, 55-44, and on Friday travel to Sylvan Hills.