Lady Badgers trounce Hope without key players

By ISAAC BOURNE | For The Arkadelphian

Neither senior star Liyah Smith nor junior forward Madison Hill took the court Friday night in the Arkadelphia Lady Badgers (10-5) 59-26 win over the Hope Lady Bobcats (2-3), and despite the win, head coach Jonathan Klein noticed a difference. “Their absence was felt on both sides of the ball,” he mentioned after their win.

Both Smith and Hill were out due to sickness, leaving senior guard Amya Snowden and senior forward Makayla Gentry to pick up the slack, as they led their team with 17 and 13 points respectively. 

“Having depth is a huge advantage for any team, but especially for our style of play,” Klein said. “Us having the ability to bring multiple players off the bench is key and it makes moments like tonight, where we are short handed, easier to handle.”

Arkadelphia jumped out to a quick 20-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, and never let it go, as Snowden had nine of her team’s 20 in the period. From there, they rode their lead into the end of the game. 

“We talked before the game about starting with a lot of defensive intensity and taking control of the game early, and the girls did a great job of doing just that,” Klein iterated.

The Lady Badgers will now take this three-game win streak into Ashdown Tuesday night as they will take on the Lady Panthers (2-10).

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