Rose, Harding Academy pull away late vs. Lady Hornets
CABOT — The Bryant Lady Hornets had struggled against the tough zone defense that Cabot deployed in on Saturday in the semifinals of the Lady Panthers’ pre-Christmas tournament. Lady Hornets coach Brad Matthews knew his team needed to work on their zone offense but there wasn’t much time for it as they returned to Cabot for the third-place game against the Harding Academy Lady Wildcats on Monday.
But considering the Harding may have played a tougher zone, with size inside stifling the Lady Hornets’ post players, and stellar point guard Riley Rose out front, Bryant appeared to do a better job most of the day. They trailed just 29-25 midway through the third quarter and just 36-28 going into the fourth.
But Rose, who has already committed as a junior to play Division I basketball at Missouri State in college and has been a three-year starter for the perennial Class 3A powerhouse Harding team, spurred her team to a dominant fourth-quarter that resulted in a 50-29 win.