February is high school basketball tournament time, so a look at Bradley’s impact on the Arkansas Activities Association’s record book is perhaps in order.
Most of that impact, of course, occurred on the girls side of the record book. The Bradley Senior Boys won their only state championship in 1994, but hopefully will add another in the very near future (see below).
The Bradley Senior Girls share the record for the most girls state championships, six, with Guy-Perkins. Those occurred in 1962, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, and 2000. Arkansas girls basketball changed from the six-girl, three-on-three format to the five-girl, full-court format after the 1979 season, so all but one of those championships was in the six-girl format. The 1962, 1966, 1967 and 1968 championships were under the direction of Coach Leo Johnson. The 1969 championship was under the direction of Coach Jim Reppo. The 2000 championship in the five-girl, full-court format was under the direction of current Bradley Coach Bennie Ray Harris.
Bradley also shares the record for the most consecutive girls state championships (4, in 1966–1969), with four other schools. Those are Stephens (1975–1978), Van Buren (1953–56), Marked Tree (dates not listed in the AAA record book), and Fort Smith Northside (1999–2002). None of those schools won girls state championships in 2008, so Bradley will continue to share this record for at least four more years.
The record for most points scored in a girls state tournament game is held by Camden Fairview, with 94 points in 2007. However, Bradley is fifth on the list, with 89 points in a state tournament game in 1967. (The opponent is not listed in the AAA record book, so perhaps a reader can furnish that information.) The state tournament was actually held in Bradley that year.
One of the more interesting statistics in the AAA record book is the lowest combined score in a girls state tournament game is 40 points, from Bradley defeating Plumerville, 24–16, in 1968.
The most points scored by an individual player in a girls state tournament game is 55, held by Brenda Rhodes of Wilmar in 1984. However, the next highest total is 45, by Bradley’s Carone Harris in 2000, a total which was equaled by two other players in 2008.
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Earlier, mention was made of the state championship hopes of the Bradley Senior Boys this year. This past Tuesday, they defeated Taylor, 73–21, to run their record to a perfect 28 wins and 0 losses for the year. Their closest game so far this year came in the finals of the 78th Southwest Arkansas Invitational in Saratoga, where they defeated Stephens, 67–65. Stephens is a class AA school, one classification higher than Bradley, and had recently been ranked number one in the state in that classification. So, best of luck to the 2009 Bears!