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In the first game back after an extended time off, Maumelle won at Benton, 68-65 in overtime on Tuesday night.
The win put the Hornets atop the 5A-Central conference standings as Sylvan Hills lost to Little Rock Parkview, 75-72.
Junior guard Carl Daughtery Jr. led Maumelle with 18 points in the win.
That’s still not the big news from Maumelle though as the school’s athletics director, Kirk Horton, said on Wednesday that all conference games not played due to Covid-19 or any other reason, would not be made-up and that a conference tournament would be played instead.
“It was a 5A Central decision,” Horton wrote in an email. “It will be from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26 and higher seed hosts.”
Maumelle is 11-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play with the second half of league play starting this Friday when the Hornets host Beebe.
That’s followed by trips to Parkview, Jacksonville, Sylvan Hills, Little Rock Christian and Hall before the regular season ends on Feb. 19 with a game against Benton.
All games Covid permitting.
The conference tournament would start the following week, with the state tournament in Hot Springs the first week in March.
The conference tournament would essentially be a play-in game, as the first round winners would all get a state tournament berth.
After a promising start, Maumelle lost to Benton, 53-32, on Tuesday night.
The Hornets are now 3-7 overall and 0-3 in 5A-Central. There’s seven games remaining in the regular season, with a conference tournament game to follow.
That game would likely be on the road but if Maumelle was to win, they’d be back in the 5A state tournament.