Not only did the Maumelle Lady Hornets defeat Sylvan Hills for the first time since Coach William Rountree has been at the helm but they also won convincingly.

Last Friday, the Lady Hornets (6-14, 2-8 5A/6A-Central) beat the Lady Bears, 42-24. This was a drastic turnaround from the first meeting between the two when Maumelle lost 51-35. Maumelle also hosted Jacksonville last Tuesday and lost, 44-36.

“The Sylvan Hills game was the most complete game we’ve played in a couple of years,” Rountree said. “We didn’t play well against Jacksonville.”

Rountree has noticed a difference in the Lady Hornets as they are playing better. He said they are doing a better job of getting into the tempo that works for them.

“We are also doing a better job of getting the ball to Jayla (King, senior forward),” Rountree said. “Our guard play has gotten better especially with LaShundra Watson (sophomore) and Kayla Freeman (junior).”

King led the Lady Hornets in both games with 18 against Jacksonville and piled up 24 points at Sylvan Hills. Maumelle hosted Little Rock Fair on Tuesday and travels Friday to Pulaski Academy.

This week the Lady Hornets may have a new look as five ninth-graders will move up. The freshmen team finished their season Monday after losing in the semifinals of the junior high district tournament to Watson Chapel. With a 15-4 record, they finished as conference co-champs.

“I’m going to work them with the varsity,” Rountree said. “I don’t know how much they will play or not play.”