Heading into the 2012-2013 basketball season, few teams (if any) had as much hype surrounding them as the Malvern Lady Leopards.
I’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.
Maybe I underestimated Jacksonville, but it was just weird seeing Malvern with an 0-1 record.
The Lady Leopards more than made up for it in their next game, throttling J.A. Fair by a score of 78-3, and no that is not a typo.
J.A. Fair’s lone points came at a point where Malvern head coach Jess Martin told his team to play defense without trying to block the shot.
The J.A. Fair player drove into the lane, heaved a layup that hit the shot clock (that would normally be out of bounds) before finding its way into the basket. And there was also a foul on the play.
For the full story, see Thursday's Malvern Daily Record.