Mountainburg hasn’t exactly struggled through the first half of the season.
But that isn’t good enough for this group of seniors.
The Lady Dragons won 31 games last season but a four point loss in the state semifinals has Mountainburg with unfinished business.
“I think the key is sticking together and just working on everything on thing at a time and just really rely on each other and having confidence in ourselves,” senior Maddy Backus said.
Backus, a UAFS commit, leads the team with more than 15 points per game. The Lady Dragons numbers are a bit misleading as the starters are playing less than half a normal game. Mountainburg already has nine wins this season by 20 points or more.
Mountainburg stacked the schedule early and that included a benefit game at 7A power Northside. The Lady Bears’ 20-point win wasn’t surprising but it is the experience that the Mountainburg coach said he was trying to gain.
“Last year we played East Poinsett County in the semifinals and they had three or four girls who were very athletic,” Mountainburg coach Dan Garringer said. “We ended up losing the game by four points but combined with playing teams like Northside and Mulberry and some people like that, we've played teams with a lot of talent. Magazine is the most talented team in our conference so it gives us a chance to understand that if we play well, we can play with teams like that.”
The Lady Dragons put their 5-0 conference record on the line Friday night at Union Christian.