The Arkadelphia Lady Badgers picked up their first conference win Tuesday night as they defeated the Arkansas Baptist Lady Eagles, 44-33, at Badger Gymnasium.
It was a tough first half as the two teams battled it out to get on the scoreboard, and after one period, it was tied at 9-9.
The Lady Badgers came out with the edge at the half thanks to a trey by Chasity Burris at the buzzer, 20-19.
After the break, Arkadelphia got back into the game, adding eight while allowing seven for a two-point buffer going into the final period.
The final eight minutes were big for the Lady Badgers as they allowed only seven points while adding 16 to secure the win.
Angelique Robinson picked up another double-double while leading the Lady Badgers with 22 points and 11 rebounds. She also had three assists and three steals.
Burris had a great all-around game, putting up nine points and netting seven boards, seven steals, six blocked shots and two assists.
Kelsey Kobe had seven points, six rebounds and two takeaways, and Amarya Jones had four points and six rebounds.
"It was definitely one of [Burris'] better ball-games," said head coach Lynn Rook. "Amarya had a huge charge at a crucial time for us as well. It was a very clean game compared to Ashdown. There were a lot of fouls down there, but this game was clean until the fourth quarter. They started fouling a lot in the fourth because they were down, which normally would be a good thing for them, but we did really well at the line. We were 13 of 20 from the free throw line, and the majority of those were in the fourth quarter. Angelique was eight-for-10 from the free throw line."
Rook said that his Lady Badgers were able to bounce back from the Ashdown loss due to getting back to what they do best.
"We dominated them on rebounds, 32-21," he explained. "We were plus-11 on the turnover margin; they had 21, and we had 10. We got back to doing what we do best. I made a switch in the second; we were playing mostly man, and I put Angelique on their big girl, and she held her to three points the rest of the night."
The win puts the Lady Badgers back in the mix as three other teams in the conference are at
"I know it's early, but there are four of us at 1-2," he said. "That puts us in the mix. I think it will be a fight for those remaining seeds for district. Malvern will probably be Number 1, but everything else is up for grabs."
The Lady Badgers move to 11-5 overall with the win. They will return to the court Friday as they host the Scrapperettes of Nashville. Tip-off will follow a Junior Varsity game.