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story.lead_photo.caption Bud Sullins/Special to the Herald-Leader Siloam Springs senior Murphy Perkins drives to the basket against Bentonville West during a game earlier this season. Perkins and the Panthers host Greenbrier at 6 p.m. Friday for homecoming.

Murphy Perkins has one mindset going into each and every basketball game -- give it everything he has every time he takes the floor.

"I don't really care who I'm playing, how big they are, how fast they are or how much talent they have on their team," Perkins said. "I know that I'm going to play as hard as I can."

5A-West Conference basketball standings

Girls^Overall^Conf.

Team^W-L^W-L

Vilonia^19-1^8-0

LR Christian^19-2^7-1

Greenwood^13-7^5-3

Russellville^13-7^5-3

Siloam Springs^7-14^4-4

Alma^8-10^2-6

Greenbrier^5-16^1-7

Beebe^6-14^0-8

Last week

February 1 results

Siloam Springs 41, Beebe 34

Vilonia 55, Alma 27

Russellville 50, Greenbrier 33

LR Christian 57, Greenwood 51

This week

Tuesday’s games

Siloam Springs at Alma (n)

LR Christian at Greenbrier (n)

Russellville at Greenwood (n)

Vilonia at Beebe (n)

Friday’s games

Greenbrier at Siloam Springs

Alma at LR Christian

Beebe at Russellville

Greenwood at Vilonia

Boys^Overall^Conf.

Team^W-L^W-L

Russellville^15-5^7-1

Greenbrier^16-5^6-2

Alma^14-4^5-3

LR Christian^10-10^5-3

Vilonia^11-11^4-4

Beebe^8-12^3-5

Siloam Springs^7-12^2-6

Greenwood^3-17^0-8

Last week

February 1 results

Beebe 55, Siloam Springs 42

Vilonia 53, Alma 49

Russellville 79, Greenbrier 72

LR Christian 50, Greenwood 38

This week

Tuesday’s games

Siloam Springs at Alma (n)

LR Christian at Greenbrier (n)

Russellville at Greenwood (n)

Vilonia at Beebe (n)

Friday’s games

Greenbrier at Siloam Springs

Alma at LR Christian

Beebe at Russellville

Greenwood at Vilonia

The work ethic is evident in Perkins, a 6-foot senior point guard for the Siloam Springs boys basketball team. Heading into Friday's homecoming game against Greenbrier, Perkins leads the Panthers in several statistical categories, including 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.4 defensive deflections per game.

What may be more impressive is Perkins averages more than 25 minutes per contest in a 32-minute game -- something not lost on his coaches.

"His attitude and his effort have been amazing," said Siloam Springs boys coach Tim Stewart."People don't realize the level of toughness that is there for a kid to keep battling and to play major minutes. He's all over the floor. As far as dives and hustles it's every game all game. It's been a real joy to watch him develop and to not only be that competitive athlete but now be a leader and a basketball player for us."

Early on in Perkins' career, coaches would joke that Perkins played so hard and so fast that he often needed to downshift a few gears.

"He couldn't catch up to his athleticism," Stewart said. "That's the skill part in basketball. Youhave to have the skill to match the athleticism or else it's not useful. That's where Murphy has really worked. His outside shot is much improved and you have to guard him out there now. He's not just a penetration threat. He's not just a dribble threat. He's a shooter. That's made him a really hard player to defend."

Sports on 02/06/2019

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