The Arkadelphia Badgers picked up a 57-44 win Friday night at Ashdown to move to 9-3 and 2-0 in 7-4A conference action.
The Panthers got the jump on the Badgers in the opening quarter, taking an 11-10 lead, but the Badgers regained control in the second, holding Ashdown to five while adding 13 to take a 23-16 lead into the break.
The Panthers came out hot again in the third, outscoring the Badgers 16-15 to cut their deficit to 38-32.
Arkadelphia was not to be denied, however, as they put up 19 in the final eight minutes while holding the home team to 12 to secure the win.
Kris Oliver led the Badgers with over half of the team's points with 26. He had a pair of steals and a pair of assists.
Keon Lewis had 10 points, and Mark Brazil had nine points and eight rebounds.
Nathan Carter had seven points, and Jakahari Howell had two assists and two steals.
The Badgers shot for 45 percent from the field, and they hid 32 percent of their shots from outside the arc. They were 64 percent efficient from the charity stripe.
"We still need to get better from the free throw line," said head coach Donald Williams. "Ashdown is very athletic, and they are a decent ball club. We came out a little flat, but we woke up and played pretty good. Our defense was pretty good; we put a lot of pressure on the ball. We evened ourselves out and got a good road win."
The Badgers will be back on the hardwood Friday night as they play host to the Nashville Scrappers. Tip-off will follow a JV match and a varsity girls match.