Har-Ber Basketball Battles Rogers

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Har-Ber Basketball Battles Rogers

The Har-Ber Lady Wildcats came into the game 12-4 overall and 4-0 in conference play with wins over Bentonville (66-51), Rogers Heritage (72-40), Springdale (70-44) and Fort Smith Southside (78-31). The Rogers Lady Mounties came into the game 7-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play with wins over Fort Smith Southside (41-31) and Fayetteville (52-42) and a loss to Bentonville (53-48). Har-Ber would get off to a blistering start to the game leading 21-9 after one quarter led by senior guard Caylan Koons with 10 points and junior forward Pacious McDaniel with 5 points. In the second quarter Delaney Roller would help Har-Ber build a 36-16 halftime lead over the Lady Mounties. Har-Ber would continue to control the game leading 54-29 after the third quarter led by 14 Points by Caylan Koons. Har-Ber would win the game 58-33 led by 14 points from Caylan Koons and 11 points from Delaney Roller. Har-Ber improves to 13-4 overall and 5-0 in 6A West Conference play and will travel to Fayetteville on Friday. Rogers moves to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in conference play and will be at home against Bentonville West. Har-Ber senior Maddux McCrackin on the way they moved the ball so well offensively tonight: “I mean we’ve had a few games off since covid hit and everything and in practice we’ve really keyed on moving the ball on offense and moving on defense and overall just making the pace of the game so much faster and that work really showed in this game.” On how the team can build on this heading into Fayetteville on Friday: “Yes so Fayetteville is going to be a big game for us, so we’re just going to take exactly what we did and take the excitement that was brought with this game and just carry it right on over and work on exactly what we worked on before and try to mirror that game.” In the boys game the Har-Ber Wildcats came into the night with a record of 14-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play with wins over Bentonville (56-44), Rogers Heritage (78-67), Springdale (43-41), Fort Smith Southside (65-41) and a loss to Bentonville West (60-48). The Rogers Mounties entered the night 5-10 overall and 1-3 in conference play with a win over Fort Smith Southside (56-35) and losses to Fayetteville (49-48), Bentonville West (61-49) and Bentonville (53-38). The teams were deadlocked at 15-15 after the 1st quarter. Senior guard Mack Wright led Har-Ber with 8 points. Rogers was led by senior guard Will Liddell with 7 points. Har-Ber would build an 8 point lead at halftime led by Mack Wright with 8 points and Cameron Mains with 5 points. In the second half Har-Ber picked up the defensive intensity and spread the floor at a very efficient clip and built a 51-34 lead after the third quarter. Mack Wright would continue to pace the Wildcats with 14 points and Will Liddell was the leading scorer for Rogers with 15 points. Har-Ber would go on to win the game 66-41 led by senior guard Mack Wright with 15 points, junior Jacob Fotenopulous with 13 points and junior Nate Kingsbury with 10 points. Senior guard Will Liddell was the leading scorer for Rogers with 15 points. Har-Ber improves to 15-3 overall and 5-1 in 6A West Conference play and travels to Fayetteville on Friday. Rogers is now 5-11 overall and 1-4 in conference and will face Rogers Heritage on Friday. Senior Mack Wright on the way he was able to set the tone with his three-point shooting tonight: “Hmm well I’ve kind of been out for a while, sliced my finger and got stitches so I knew this was an important game for me coming back and I needed to perform at my peak so I knew that I needed to shoot my shot. That’s kind of my role on the team so every time I had a look, I took it.” On how they can build on this game heading into Fayetteville on Friday: “This is a great win for us moving into Fayetteville, It starts tomorrow with our prepping for Fayetteville, we aren’t going to take them lightly, number 1 team in our conference right now so it’s going to be a game we consider like Bentonville where we will have to play our butts off and do what we do.” On the way they defended so well tonight: “ You know that’s something we have always hung our hat on is our defense so we’re always connected talking on defense and making sure we have each other’s back so that’s why we have such great defense.” Story by Will Johnson

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