Greenwood's Fisher helps team knock off big-time foes
It has been a challenging non-conference schedule the Greenwood Lady Bulldog basketball team have dealt with in the early going of the season.
For the most part, Kinley Fisher and her teammates have answered the call.
Last week, Fisher — a senior guard — reached double figures in scoring as the Lady Bulldogs defeated a pair of Class 6A foes.
On Dec. 8, Greenwood rolled past 6A state champion Fayetteville, 68-41, as Fisher scored 13 points, several coming in the first quarter as the Lady Bulldogs built a sizable early lead.
Then on Friday, Fisher led the Lady Bulldogs with 22 points as Greenwood turned in a dominating performance at 6A school Springdale Har-Ber, 81-36.
"It is always fun to play against good teams and winning against them is even more fun; it helps us see our mistakes and correct them before we hit conference," Fisher - named the Times Record's Athlete of the Week - said.
Prior to Greenwood's win against Fayetteville, the Lady Bulldogs faced the other 6A champion, Bentonville, with Fisher scoring 20 points in that win. She also had 22 points when Greenwood defeated another 6A power, North Little Rock.
The win at Har-Ber moved Greenwood to 5-1 on the season, with the only blemish coming in an overtime loss to yet another 6A team, Conway.
So far on the season, Fisher is averaging 20 points per game and is shooting 44.6 percent from the field (50-of-112). She also has totaled 21 rebounds, 12 assists, 15 steals and even blocked two shots.
"(Lady Bulldog) Coach (Clay) Reeves really trusts me and my ability to score, so he lets me play and figure out different ways to score against each team," Fisher said. "Against Fayetteville, I made my layups and against Har-Ber, I made 3's.
"I just try to capitalize on whatever the other teams give me."
Last season, Fisher averaged 18.3 points per game in helping lead Greenwood to the 5A state title. Fisher, who signed to play Division I college basketball at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., entered the season with more than 1,200 points in her Lady Bulldog career.
But though Greenwood was state champs, the Lady Bulldogs didn't get to actually play in the title game due to COVID-19. To Fisher, beating teams like Bentonville and Fayetteville already this season has helped give Greenwood extra motivation after its title game last season was canceled.
"I think after last year's (COVID-19) event, my team and I want to show people that we deserved to be state champs last year," Fisher said. "Playing against them and beating them was super cool and exciting for us."
This Friday, Greenwood faces yet another big non-conference test as the Lady Bulldogs will play 6A title contender Northside at Greenwood's H.B. Stewart Bulldog Arena.