Lady Reddies win 7th straight home opener


ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State extends its win streak to seven consecutive home opener victories, defeating Champion Christian College 69-46 in the first-ever matchup between the Reddies and Tigers.

Ashley Farrar and Abbie Jiles continue to spearhead the Reddies’ offense, each recording double-digit points.  Farrar led the way with 29 points and shot 62% from beyond the arc while also tallying a team-high eight rebounds. Jiles had 14 points, shooting 50% from the field, and recorded five rebounds.

Sonni Martin and Jadha Pickens found the passing lanes in the Champion Christian defense with four and three assists, respectively. Pickens ended the game with nine points and four rebounds. As a team, the Reddies shot 30% from both the field and the three-point line while also going 62% from the free-throw line.

An end-to-end first quarter would see six lead changes before the first ten minutes were up. Champion Christian got the scoring started, but it would be the Reddies who scored last in the opening frame thanks to two makes from the charity line by Farrar. Henderson took a slim one-point lead into the second period, 12-11.

The Lions took advantage of an early visit to the free-throw line and found themselves up 18-12 after a 6-0 run in the first three minutes. Back-to-back treys from Jiles and Farrar quickly erased CCU’s lead with the score tied 18-18. The two sides alternated points till the final minute of the second period. Farrar would seal off the first half with a three-pointer, giving Henderson a 28-26 lead after 20 minutes.

Henderson continued to stay hot from beyond the arc as Jiles opened the scoring in the third period with a three-pointer, and minutes later, Farrar would connect on back-to-back treys to expand the Reddies’ lead to 40-29. Henderson’s offense scored another 14 points in the period before the final buzzer to carry a 54-37 lead into the last ten minutes.

The Reddies’ defense clamped down in the final period, only allowing nine points to their opposition. A seven-point run in the middle of the frame by HSU grew its lead to 66-44, and a three-pointer by Jasmine Baily would give Henderson its final points of the game, defeating Champion Christian 69- 45.

The Reddies (1-2, 0-0) return to the Duke Wells Center on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. against the University of Arkansas Fort Smith.

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