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I give up. Iâ€™ve tried to make heads or tails of this season all year long, but the 2012-2013 Arkansas Razorbacks make no sense whatsoever.
Just when I thought apathy was setting back in with me and this team, they blow the doors off of Florida (and follow that up with a horrific road loss). Then they outplay Kentucky in every facet of the game (only to be blown out by Missouri in the next game).
For the full column, see Wednesday's Malvern Daily Record.
The Malvern Lady Leopards basketball team defeated Star City 33-23 in the semifinals of the 4A state tournament to advance to the championship game.
Malvern will play Prairie Grove at 11 a.m. Saturday at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock.
Heading into the 2012-2013 basketball season, few teams (if any) had as much hype surrounding them as the Malvern Lady Leopards.
Iâ€™ll admit, after watching a lot of their games last year, including the ones in the state tournament, I was in that group.
They had a solid core coming back, with talent at every position on the court.
In short, everyone was going to see them coming this year. And that is what makes their run so impressive.
The Lady Leopards stumbled out of the gate, falling to one of the top teams in the state, Jacksonville, by 10 points in a tournament at Little Rock Hall.
On Wednesday evening, three of the remaining five teams from this area were in action in their respective state tournaments.
The Malvern Leopards, who entered the 4A state tournament in Cave City as the No. 4 seed from the south region, were up against Booneville, the No. 3 seed from the north region.
The Leopards found themselves down 31-24 at the half, but fought back with a furious rally in the third quarter to hold a 45-42 lead going into the final eight minutes.
Weâ€™ve all seen it happen. If you played a sport yourself, you may have done it at one time or another yourself.
Itâ€™s when a player makes a bonehead play that turns the ball over or thinks he was fouled on a shot and instead of immediately getting back on defense, he (or she) will stand there for a moment and pout before jogging back down the court.
I see it all the time on the college level. A player will be knocked down and a foul should have been called.
On Friday and Saturday, the Bismarck wrestling team took part in the 2013 state wrestling tournament at the Jack Stephens Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Bismarck was grouped with all schools from Class 1A to Class 5A and came out of the tournament with a fifth place finish behind Maumelle (first), Beebe, Central Arkansas Christian and Little Rock Christian.
The team did well as a group, but there were many individual performances that stood out for the Lions.
The Bismarck Lady Lions had a monumental task in front of them in the first round of the 3A state tournament at Riverview High School in Searcy.
They had drawn Greenland, one of the best 3A girlsâ€™ teams in the state.
Bismarck gave a valiant effort, but in the end, Greenland was too much, winning the game 51-22.
A slow start led to the Lady Lionsâ€™ eventual downfall, as Bismarck scored just four points in each of the first two quarters (as well as the fourth).
At the end of the first quarter, Bismarck trailed 11-4, but were still in striking range.
The Magnet Cove Lady Leopards are on a roll.
They breezed through the district tournament two weeks ago and the regional tournament last week.
Last night, they played their first game in the 2013 2A state tournament at Marmaduke High School.
As the No. 1 seed from their region, Magnet Cove was matched up against a No. 4 seed, Pangburn.
At first it appeared the Lady Panthers were going to blow out Pangburn, but the pesky No. 4 seed wouldnâ€™t go away until the end.
Last nightâ€™s game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Georgia Bulldogs was not a pretty one, but the Hogs pulled out a two-point victory at home thanks once again to late-game heroics by BJ Young.
The win moves Arkansasâ€™ record to 17-9 on the season and 8-5 in Southeastern Conference play.
I think that makes Arkansas a team on the verge of the NCAA tournament right now, even though I and many other people wrote them off as dead after the loss at Vanderbilt.
If they can continue to win their home games...
This time of year can be a hectic time for coaches. The regular season ended yesterday and everyone is gearing up for next weekâ€™s district tournaments.
A win or two there and itâ€™s on to regional where a good showing puts them in the state tournament.
For many players, tournaments can be a stressful time. They know a loss (at certain points of the district and regional tournaments) will mean the end of the season.
That takes on added significance for the seniors on the team, as a loss means the end of their career.