Friend Turns Foe in Tonight’s Black and Gold Scrimmage

The Lady Tigers basketball team worked through the summer months to prepare for the season, beginning with a black and gold game tonight, Nov. 4. 

“I think our team is ready. We have a lot of great players and a lot of potential as a whole,” sophomore Ava Walker said. 

Walker and around twenty other players led by Coach Marlon Williams have been lifting weights, running laps, and mastering their free throws to compete with schools from all over Arkansas this season. In the past, girls’ basketball has ranked well in preseason predictions and the team is hoping to keep their streak. 

“I’m feeling good about this season, it’s coming around quick,” Walker said.

In contrast to last year, this season will be entirely different. COVID-19 regulations kept the student section silent, but starting Thursday night, the fans will be able to return to the stands. 

“It was interesting, the games last year, because students at Central couldn’t necessarily come to the games but this year we can have crowds so we’re looking forward to that,” Walker said. 

The boys’ team has been in the gym as well and will also compete tonight for three-point shot and dunk competitions. 

“My expectations are always high when it comes to our back-to-back title champions for the past two years. We’re hoping to go back to Hot Springs and take home our third championship,” said boys’ basketball coach, Brian Ross.