The Arkadelphia Lady Badger Junior Varsity squad was edged by the Benton-Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals Thursday night, 31-30.

The Lady Badgers took a 13-5 lead in the opening quarter, but the Lady Cardinals outscored the home team in the second to cut the Lady Badger lead to eight, 18-10.

After the break, the two teams battled it out, but the Lady Badgers were still ahead with eight minutes to go, 26-19.

The Lady Cardinals took control in the final stanza of play, outscoring the Lady Badgers 12-4 to take the 31-30 win.

Jenesis Mitchell led the Lady Badgers with eight points.

Morgan Stinson, Autumn Blankenship and Keyana Crawford each added five points.

Victoria Lewis had four, and Kaitlyn Williams put up three.

Shytirra Thompson and Janeeshia Harvell had two apiece.

The Lady Badgers shot for 41 percent from the free throw line, hitting 13 of 32.