As the blended 5A/6A-Central conference winds down this week, Maumelle Coach William Rountree is looking at the last two games as training for next Tuesday when the Lady Hornets compete in the 5A-West conference tournament.


Since the Lady Hornets (7-16, 3-10 5A/6A-Central) are members of the 5A-West, their post-season fate will be determined in next week’s conference tournament at Farmington. Playing in the blended conference did give the young Lady Hornets some tough competition and readied them for the tournament next week.


“We are using both games as preparation for next week,” Rountree said. “I like the progress we’ve made. I wish we would have won more games.”


Maumelle finishes the regular season with two games this week. They lost to Little Parkview on Tuesday for senior night and travel Thursday to Little Rock Hall.


Last week, the Lady Hornets split their two games. They defeated Little Rock Fair, 73-14, last Tuesday and lost last Friday at Pulaski Academy, 58-37. The Fair contest allowed everyone to play, and senior Jayla King led a quartet of players in double digits with 18 points. Senior Kortney Johnson added 14 points, senior McKenzie Smith contributed 12 points and sophomore LaShundra Watson chipped in 11.


At Pulaski Academy, the Lady Hornets played with the Lady Bruins until a dry shooting spell occurred in the fourth quarter. Maumelle trailed at the half 25-22 and 39-31 going into the fourth quarter, and then was outscored in the fourth period, 19-6.


“It was a one-point game with a minute and a half left in the third quarter,” Rountree said. “We did a good job of playing them at our pace, and then we went cold. We were missing the easy shots and also not doing a good job getting back defensively. For 22 ½ minutes, we controlled the tempo.”


Junior Alundra McMiller led the Maumelle with 13 points, and King finished with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshmen Rhyan Curtis and Zoe Adebayo were brought up from the 9th-grade team and are also getting playing time.