The Lady Badgers fell to Malvern 51-47 in over time after coming back from trailing by 10 points in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Lady Badger Chelsea Welch hit a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining in regulation and cut Malvern’s lead to six points, 44-38. Briana Seale hit a free throw to make it a five point game and then she scored again after the Lady Badgers intercepted a Malvern pass and scored off of a very fast transition.

The score was 45-42 and there were 33 seconds left. Arkadelphia was forced to foul Malvern to stop the clock, but the Lady Leopard couldn’t hit either free throw and Seale grabbed the rebound. Arkadelphia brought the ball down the court and after several quick passes, Britlee Williams pulled up from the top of the arc and sunk the game tieing 3-pointer with eight seconds left.

The Lady Badgers fell to Malvern 51-47 in over time after coming back from trailing by 10 points in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Lady Badger Chelsea Welch hit a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining in regulation and cut Malvern’s lead to six points, 44-38. Briana Seale hit a free throw to make it a five point game and then she scored again after the Lady Badgers intercepted a Malvern pass and scored off of a very fast transition.
The score was 45-42 and there were 33 seconds left. Arkadelphia was forced to foul Malvern to stop the clock, but the Lady Leopard couldn’t hit either free throw and Seale grabbed the rebound. Arkadelphia brought the ball down the court and after several quick passes, Britlee Williams pulled up from the top of the arc and sunk the game tieing 3-pointer with eight seconds left. 
The Lady Leopard’s had just enough time to chunk a desperation shot at the Lady Badger basket, which went  hard off of the glass and regulation ended 45-45.
After taking control of the opening tipoff, Malvern quickly pulled away, scoring six unanswered points and not allowing the Lady Badgers a basket until only 32 seconds remained in the overtime period. The game ended with the Lady Leopards on top 51-47.
Malvern’s large-and-in-charge defense held the Lady Badgers to 14 of 44 shots from the field, leaving the Lady Badgers with a 32 percent field goal average. From the free throw line, Arkadelphia was able to sink 82 percent of their attempts. 
Malvern’s size also allowed them a slight rebounding advantage. The Lady Leopards pulled down 27 versus the Lady Badgers’ 21. “I told the girls to make sure their first shots counted,” said Head Coach Lynn Rook.
Individually for Arkadelphia, Jasmine Dickerson led scoring 11 points, taking seven rebounds and three steals, and making three assists. Chelsea Welch contributed 11 points. Briana Seale scored 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Chekeita Roberts  contributed eight points  and Britlee Williams scored five points.
“The kids showed a lot of heart,” said Rook. “To come back from that much of a deficit late in the fourth quarter to tie the game shows a lot of character ... We got a little excited on offense during overtime and tried to force some shots, but you can’t blame the kids for trying to make something happen. It was just a case of Malvern’s shots falling and ours not.”
The junior varsity girls were the only ones able to pull out  win Tuesday at Malvern and did so with a final score of 37-28. Ronnicka Jones scored nine points, Alicia Roberts scored five and Lavonda Guinn and Katie Brech contributed four points each.
The second round of conference play begins Friday at the AHS gymnasium when the Badgers and Lady Badgers will take on Dequeen.  The junior varsity will begin the evening’s games with a 5 p.m. tipoff.