By ISAAC BOURNE | The Arkadelphian
The Arkadelphia Lady Badgers (16-7) took four quarters to beat the Ashdown Lady Panthers 56-32 Friday night. After hanging with Arkadelphia through three quarters, the Lady Panthers (3-18) fell behind in the final period after being held to just two points.
After scoring only 32 points in the first three quarters, the Lady Badgers dropped 24 points in the final quarter to pull away from Ashdown and prevent a senior night upset.
“I thought conditioning played a big part in the fourth as well as us attacking the paint hard and getting to the line while stepping up and getting some key stops,” head coach Jonathan Klein said about his team’s performance in the period.
Sophomore guard TeTe Tae led Arkadelphia in scoring with 11 points in the game while seniors Liyah Smith and Makayla Gentry had 10 and eight respectfully. Senior guard Amya Snowden had seven, and senior TK Crawford and sophomore Taylor Aultman had five apiece.
“We did not play with a lot of focus and it showed in every phase of the game,” Klein said. “Lack of focus led to low intensity and poor execution on both sides of the ball, but with that being said, I’m proud of the girls for being able to fight through and pull it out in the fourth quarter.”
Following the game, Crawford, Gentry, Snowden, and injured guard Aliyah Ware were all celebrated during the senior night festivities where they were escorted out onto the court by their friends and families.
Tuesday, the Nashville Scrapperettes will come to town for the Lady Badgers’ final home game of the season, where Arkadelphia hopes to contend with the Arkansas superpower that is 12-0 in conference play.