It all comes down to how the ball bounces, at least according to the old saying about sports.
Unfortunately for the Lady Badgers, the ball bounced in at the last second instead of out, giving the Lady Senators of Pulaski Robinson the 34-32 win Monday night.
With 5.5 seconds left in the game, it was tied at 32, and a scuffle on the floor forced a jump-ball. The arrow pointed to the home side of the court, giving the Lady Senators the final possession of the game, and they banked in a shot at the buzzer to win it.
The Lady Badgers struggled in the first half, putting up only two in the first quarter while allowing 10.
The team was able to make a comeback in the second, adding seven while giving up only four to cut their deficit to five at the half, 14-9.
After the break, the Lady Badgers came out in force, adding 15 points to take the lead as they allowed only nine for the 26-23 buffer with one stanza remaining.
"We didn't show up in the first half," said head coach Lynn Rook. "We hit 14 of 47 from the field [30 percent]. We were only four of nine from the free throw line [44 percent]. We did outbound them 25-20, and we won the turnover margin. We had 11, and they had 13."
The Lady Badgers fall to 2-3 in 7-4A action and 12-6 overall.
They will return home Friday night as they host the Lady Mustangs of Central Arkansas Christian following a JV boys game.