Though the Maumelle Lady Hornets finished with a 7-18 record, the future is bright for Coach William Rountree.

The Lady Hornets lose two seniors with significant playing time but return a nucleus of young players who either started or played lots. Joining the returners next season is a freshman class that went 15-4 this season and advanced to the semifinals of the district tournament.

Though the Lady Hornets didn’t win many games, they improved as the season progressed which showed up in scores from the first time they met an opponent until the next. For instance, they first time they played Little Rock Hall they lost 69-53, but the second time lost 57-51. The first time they met Little Parkview they lost 64-33, then just lost 67-60 in the second meeting.

“We didn’t win as many games as we wanted, but I liked this group,” Rountree said. “They were wonderful to work with. We got better as the year went on. We’ve improved every year in my three years here, and the program is in better shape.”

The Lady Hornets’ season ended last Tuesday in the first round of the 5A-West conference tournament in Farmington to Harrison, 62-44. At one during the third period, Maumelle pulled to within one point but couldn’t get any closer.

“Things happened that couldn’t happen,” Rountree said. “We got off to a terrible start, got ourselves back in but couldn’t get any closer.”

Seniors Jayla King and McKenzie Smith are three-year starters and left an impact on the Lady Hornet program. Junior Kayla Freeman and sophomores Jordan Cribbs-Polk and LaShundra Watson will be returning next year.