Lady Bucks to begin district tournament play

Smackover's Abby Brewer tries to drive around Junction City's KaZarria Gray in action from earlier in the season. The Lady Bucks will host Harmony Grove on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the 3A 8 District Tournament. The Lady Dragons will play Rison tonight at 5 in the 2A 8 District Tournament at Woodlawn.
Smackover's Abby Brewer tries to drive around Junction City's KaZarria Gray in action from earlier in the season. The Lady Bucks will host Harmony Grove on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the 3A 8 District Tournament. The Lady Dragons will play Rison tonight at 5 in the 2A 8 District Tournament at Woodlawn.

Smackover will play host to the 3A 8 Senior District Basketball Tournament. The Lady Bucks will tip off the tournament Monday, as they take on Harmony Grove, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Smackover’s girls have struggled this season with a 4-19 overall record. The Lady Bucks are the No. 7 seed in the tournament.

“Proud of the work they have put in this far,” said Smackover coach Jon Pigott. “They continue to come in and work even when things aren’t going how we wanted them to go. It takes real character to keep showing up and working hard when things aren’t going well.”

The Lady Bucks’ lone league win came against Harmony Grove, 49-42, on Jan. 12. The Lady Hornets, seeded No. 6 in the tournament, beat Smackover 37-26 on Tuesday.

Harmony Grove brings a 3-18 overall record and 1-10 in league play. 

“The keys for Harmony Grove will be limiting their points in the paint and keeping them off the boards,” Pigott said. “The team with the most rebounds and points in the paint will win. This has been true for our last two matchups.”

Monday’s winner will play Drew Central on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

As for hosting the tournament, Pigott said there’s good and bad.

“The advantage is just playing in front of our home crowd where we are comfortable. A disadvantage would be losing practice time the week of the tournament for games to take place.”

Smackover’s boys will play DeWitt at 7 p.m., in Monday’s other game.

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