The Arkadelphia Lady Badgers and the Bismarck Lady Lions faced off in the semi-finals of the Herb Russell Tournament sponsored by Southern Bancorp at Ouachita High School over the weekend after both teams picked up wins in the first round of the tourney.
Bismarck 43, Magnet Cove 35
Logan Oestreich and Jimmilee Smith combined for 31 points to lead the Lady Lions to victory in the opening round of the tournament.
Bismarck took a 10-9 lead in the first quarter before stretching the lead to 19-16 at the break.
The Lady Lions added 15 in the third while giving up only nine to stretch their lead to 34-25.
The Lady Panthers won the final eight minutes, outscoring the Lady Lions 10-9, but it wasn't enough as Bismarck held on for the 43-35 win.
Smith led the Lady Lions with 16 points while Oestreich put up 15.
Kaylee Newsom put up eight, and Libby Snodgrass and Josie Cranford added two each.
Arkadelphia 56, Cutter Morning Star 46
The Lady Badgers got off to a strong start against the Lady Eagles of Cutter Morning Star, taking an 18-8 lead in the opening period.
The Lady Eagles bounced back in the second period, however, outscoring the Lady Badgers
14-7 to cut Arkadelphia's lead to three at the half, 25-22.
The Lady Badgers came out strong in the second half, however, putting up 14 while allowing 11 to stretch their lead to 39-33 with eight minutes to go.
The team rallied behind Angelique Robinson's eight in the final stanza to score 17 while giving up 13 to secure the win, 56-46.
Robinson led the Lady Badgers with 22 points. She had four rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Kelsey Kobe put up 12 points with six boards, two assists and three blocks.
Amarya Jones added 10 points, and Kaylee Jo Bridges had six. Bridges also had four rebounds, three assists and two takeaways.
Chasity Burris had three points, four rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.
Victoria Lewis had two points with a steal, two boards and an assist, and Kaitlyn Williams had one point and two rebounds.
Arkadelphia 35, Bismarck 26
It was a tale of two halves for the Lady Lions, but their second half was not enough to overcome as the Lady Badgers secured the win.
The Lady Badgers put up nine points while allowing only one, despite four free throw attempts in the opening quarter for the Lady Lions.
The Lady Badgers doubled their score in the second while holding the Lady Lions scoreless for an
18-1 lead at the break.
The Lady Lions came out strong in the second half, however, outscoring the Lady Badgers 11-5 in the third to cut Arkadelphia's lead to 23-12.
The Lady Lions continued to battle their way back, and with 1:07 left in the game, Arkadelphia's Robinson missed a free throw on a one-and-one with the remaining Lady Badgers on the far end of the court. Confusion on the call, however, led to a conference by the officials and, eventually, a jump ball at half-court for Arkadelphia.
Bismarck's Oestreich grabbed the throw-in, and she was immediately fouled. She made both shots to cut Arkadelphia's lead to 28-21 with 1:02 left in the game.
When the dust settled, however, the Lady Badgers remained on top with a 35-26 win.
Arkadelphia's Robinson led with 15 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Kobe and Smith had six apiece. Kobe had five boards and three blocks while Smith had three rebounds and four steals.
Burris had three points, seven boards, four assists and a steal.
Jenesis Mitchell and Williams had two points each. Williams had a steal and a rebound, and Mitchell had a steal and two rebounds.
Kristin Bell had a board and an assist.
For the Lady Lions, Oestreich had 13 points to lead the team.
Addison Crow had eight points, and Smith had three with eight rebounds.
Newsom had two points.
The Lady Lions hit one of nine from beyond the arc for 11 percent, and they were 21 percent efficient from the field, hitting seven of 33.
"We had only 13 turnovers with 20 offensive rebounds," said head coach Chris Oestreich. "We had poor shooting. Only shooting 20 percent from the field and 10 of 20 from the line spooned any chance to win."
The Lady Badgers will face Fordyce tonight at 7 p.m. in the finals of the tournament. The Lady Lions will face Ouachita at 4 p.m. in the third-place game.