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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Lady Tigers mesh youth with experience

  • Pangburn seniors Savannah Tharp, Savanna Jacobs and Kari Hartsfield combined to average an estimated 44 points and 22 rebounds last season as the Lady Tigers finished with a record of 20-12 but fell short of the regional tournament.
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  • Pangburn seniors Savannah Tharp, Savanna Jacobs and Kari Hartsfield combined to average an estimated 44 points and 22 rebounds last season as the Lady Tigers finished with a record of 20-12 but fell short of the regional tournament.
    Joining the Lady Tigers’ senior trio this season is a host of capable sophomores who led Pangburn’s junior high team to the 2-2A Conference championship and district tournament runner-up, finishing with a record 19-3.
    The talented group of sophomores includes Brooklyn Burress, Erica Parrott, Ashlee Vaughn, Jasmine Baughman and Tori Pulley.
    Coach Christi Rolland, entering her 15th season at Pangburn and 17th season overall, has won 342 games in her career. Her past teams have almost always been strong in the paint, but she is hoping the young talent can help the Lady Tigers open the floor, creating more transition opportunities and easy baskets off pressure defense.
    “A lot of the kids are very versatile and can play a lot of different positions so we aren’t limited in that aspect. We’ve really worked hard on strengthening our defense. The sophomores are very aggressive and they are going to help us play more of a full court defensive style,” said Rolland.
    “They are really going to help the defense. That’s how we won in junior high last year. I think the sophomores are pushing everybody to play better defense and all five of them are scrappy.”
    The added depth should help the Lady Tigers stay fresh.
    “We have a lot of depth this year, more than we have had in the past. The kids are working hard and they have put in a good summer. We’ve gone to three team camps at Marmaduke, Southside Batesville and Heber. I have had the gym open for the team to practice and every one of them has been there so they are working hard,” added Rolland.
    Pangburn, which has made three trips to the state tournament in school history ¬ including two under Rolland ¬ plans to get back to the regional tournament where they would need one more win to advance to the state.
    “We lost Kari [Hartsfield] and lost a few games late that we should have won but the kids are determined and working hard on getting to know each other on the floor. We are starting to mesh. We are excited this year. We want to make it to regionals and hopefully to state.”
    The 2-2A Conference is up for grabs with former power Cedar Ridge moving up to 3A along with Cotter, while nearby Midland moves in from 1A.
    “The conference is going to be tough but I don’t think there is a definite one team that we are going to have to look out for. I think that anybody can be conference champs this year,” said Rolland.
    Page 2 of 2 - Rolland said it’s hard to peg the Lady Tigers’ top shooter. “Every night it changes. It’s really hard for me to pick just one because this group is good about if somebody is not on we pick each other up.”
    Hartsfield, who averaged around 12 points and five assists at point guard last season before suffering an injury, is the Lady Tigers best ball handler. Parrott and junior Morgan Gallegly are expected to help Hartsfield in the backcourt.
    Tharp, who has the ability to slash, pull up off the dribble or shoot from long range averaged an estimated 18 points and eight rebounds last season, while Jacobs contributed around 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jacobs controlled the paint, reaching the free throw line several times per game.
    “Tharp can go inside or outside and Jacobs is a force inside. [Savanna] is a good post player that will draw attention inside,” added Rolland.

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