Only minutes after her team had picked up another important win in 5A-East Conference play, West Memphis girls head coach Shelia Burns was already focusing on the next game.
"We have a lot of things to prove against Mountain Home," were the first words out of Burns' mouth after her team's 54-42 victory Tuesday night at Lehr Arena over Greene County Tech.
A four-way tie for first place in the conference was broken up (a little) on Tuesday night after Nettleton blasted Jonesboro 63-46. Now it's a three-way tie for first place with West Memphis, Nettleton and Mountain Home all sporting 5-1 records.
West Memphis visits Mountain Home on Friday.
Against Greene County Tech, the Lady Devils (16-4 overall) made only 16 of their 38 shots from the floor, but their defense forced the Lady Eagles (4-14, 1-5) to a 15 of 52 (29 percent) from the field.
"I knew (Tech) could shoot the ball a little from three-point, but we did a good job getting out on them," said Burns.
Burns' squad used some solid free-throw shooting (10 of 14) and a steady offensive performance to oust Greene County Tech. West Memphis also won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Lady Eagles 25-14.
They rushed out to a 27-20 halftime lead and then pushed the lead to 40-31 after three quarters. But the Lady Devils used an 11-3 run midway through the fourth quarter to extinguish Greene County Tech.
Leading the way once again were the guards, senior Aryah Hazley and freshman Janiya Tucker, who between them scored 30 points. Hazley hit for 20 of them, a game-high total.
Hazley split a pair of free throws with 57 seconds left to push the score to 53-38 West Memphis.
Following Tucker's 10 points were Tiera Bradley with 7, Terika Inmon with 6 and Jamee Gholson with 5.
Kylie Stokes led Greene County Tech's offense with 10 points while Emma Bates and Hannah Foster hit for 9 apiece.
Mountain Home, which has scored the only defeat on preseason favorite Nettleton, pummeled Searcy 53-30 on Tuesday night. Burns said her team's defense had better be sharp against the Lady Bombers.
"We'll work on defense for two days in preparation for Mountain Home," said Burns. "Regardless of how that game turns out, we're still in the running (for the conference championship).
"I think we match up with them really well. They have good guards and so do we. If we can get T-Baby (Bradley) on the boards and play defense as a team we have a chance to win."
But the Lady Devils will need to hold down the turnovers at Mountain Home after committing 21 miscues against Greene County Tech.