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Cameron Dismuke hit a three-pointer 35 seconds into the game and Little Rock Hall trailed only twice in a 58-47 victory over Maumelle in a 6A/5A-4 conference game Thursday at Cirks Arena.

"We had a bitter loss on Tuesday night [40-35 to Little Rock Fair], so I thought it was important we come back and bounce back," Hall Coach Jon Coleman said. "I told the guys I thought it was a well-played and hard-found basketball game.

Dismuke's three-pointer, another one by Gregory Johnson and a two-pointer from Jared Smith with 2.5 remaining the first quarter gave the Warriors (21-6, 9-3 6A/5A-4) an 8-6 lead over the Hornets (13-14, 3-4) as neither team could get much going in the first eight minutes.

It wasn't much better in the second quarter. As it was in the third and fourth quarters, Hall did most of its damage from the free-throw line. The Warriors got only a three-pointer from Jonathan Coleman and a field goal from Johnson to go with seven free throws but managed to hold off 3 three-pointers from the Hornets for a 20-19 lead at the break.

Byron Wade, Tre Flowers and Courtney Lawrence hit the long-range shots and Terrell Curtis had a two-pointer for his only points of the game.

In the third quarter, Johnson took over from a foul-plagued Kevon Cooper, who picked up his third foul with 3:32 remaining in the second quarter.

Much like the previous quarter, the Warriors did most of their damage from the free-throw line.

Johnson had a field goal and hit 7-of-8 free throws to lead the charge, but Cooper came on late and hit two field goals.

Maumelle, however, did take the lead briefly when Javis Dickerson scored the first points of the quarter on a drive to the basket. He he was fouled by Johnson, but missed the free throw.

Hall had eight successful free throws in the fourth quarter, but Xzavier Madison had three field goals to help shut the door on the Hornets.

Johnson led Hall with a game-high 20 points while Dismuke and Cooper added 10. Courtney Lawrence led the Hornets with 11.

Sports on 02/16/2018

Print Headline: LR Hall in control vs. Maumelle

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