Lady Badgers’ team effort puts down De Queen at home

By ISAAC BOURNE | The Arkadelphian

A full team effort for the Arkadelphia Lady Badgers (14-7) led to a 55-26 win over the DeQueen Lady Leopards (8-5) Monday night.

Sophomore guard Taylor Aultman led the Lady Badgers in scoring off the bench with 11 points, while senior and sophomore guards Amya Snowden and TeTe Tate had nine and eight respectively. Senior guard TK Crawford and sophomore forward Raygan Harris both had six, while senior guard Liyah Smith and junior forward Madison Hill both had five.

Senior guard Amya Snowden dribbles the ball against a De Queen defender Monday night. | Isaac Bourne/The Arkadelphian

Multiple scorers got involved for Arkadelphia on a night where the Lady Badgers’ fast offense led to multiple points in transition.

“We want to play really unselfishly and hit the first open person until we find the best shot for the team,” head coach Jonathan Klein said. “It’s not about who scores as long as we score, and I thought we did that really well tonight, especially in transition, where we were running the floor with good spacing and getting up quick which always helps.”

On the defensive side of the ball, players such as Harris and senior forward Makayla Gentry held down the middle, allowing only six points in the paint in the first quarter of the game.

“There are many things we want to be great at, and defense is one of them,” Klein said. “It is not what we say, but what we emphasize, and from coaches to players, we are emphasizing defensive importance on a daily basis.”

The Lady Badgers have a quick turnaround with a trip to Hope to face the Lady Bobcats (3-5) for the second time in conference play. They tip-off just a mere 24 hours after the start of the De Queen matchup.

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