FORDYCE - Ka’brelle Stulgate scored 15 points to lead the Arkadelphia Lady Badgers over the Pine Bluff Dollarway Lady Cardinals 46-31 in the second game of the FBT Bank & Mortgage tournament at Redbug Arena at Fordyce High School on Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Badgers took a 12-9 first quarter lead and didn’t relinquish it through the entire game. The execution was there for Arkadelphia as six different Lady Badgers scored in the contest and a “junk” defense held down the Lady Cardinals.
“Yes they did,” Arkadelphia Lady Badgers head basketball coach Lynn Rook said. “Really what we did was put in a ‘junk’ defense today. Sometimes you have to do things like that. I thought offensively, we shared the basketball well today and we ran the floor extremely well early. I had to pull thumbtack to work the clock a little bit late int egg are, but we have only had the lead like that once, so we haven’t had time to work on that much.”
Dollar way took the lead after the Lady Badgers missed their opening shot after winning the tip. August McClure added one of two free throws to put Arkadelphia on the scoreboard and seconds later, McClure made a steal and passed to Indesia Eley who was fouled going in for a shot. Eley made both are throws for a 3-2 lead.
After a few minutes of missed shots and two Arkadelphia fouls, Stulgate put back in an offensive rebound for a basket before Dollarway scored again. The Lady Cardinals took the lead on a jump shot and a three-point play gave them a 9-5 lead with 2:49 left in the first quarter.
Allie Harris came back for the Lady Badgers to make a long 3-pointer and Eley passed to Stulgate for a basket inside and a 10-9 lead. Stulgate got a rebound and pulled up for a short jump shot that put Arkadelphia up by three points, 12-9 by the end of the first.
Dollarway tied the game on a 3-pointer to start the second quarter, but Kyla Goshen scored inside off a pass from McClure then Goshen put back in an offensive rebound basket for a 16-12 advantage. Stulgate put a basket in off the offensive glass then she made a steal and passed to Eley for a layup and a 20-14 lead with 5:28 left before halftime.
The Lady Cardinals scored to get within four points, but Stulgate made a 3-pointer from the corner and Nia Nelson put back in an offensive rebound for a score to make it a 25-18 Arkadelphia lead. A few seconds later, McClure made two free throws and Eley added one of two from the line to put the Lady Badgers up 28-18 by halftime.
Nelson made two free throws in the third quarter and McClure added one of two from the line to make it a 31-24 lead with 6:23 left in the period. Stulgate scored on a jump shot and Eley put in a layup after beating the defense down the court after a rebound. Dollarway cut the 11-point Lady Badgers lead to seven points, but McClure put in one of two free throws and Harris passed to Stulgate for a short bank shot. McClure put in two more free throws and got a pass from Stulgate for an basket inside to put Arkadelphia ahead 42-28 by the end of the third quarter.
Stulgate added another basket to start the fourth quarter, but the Lady Cardinals couldn’t score until they made a basket with 4:50 left in the game. The Lady Badgers went to spread offense and ran off most of the time off the clock in the period. Harris added a basket on an inbounds pass from Stulgate for a 46-30 lead with 1:47 remaining.
“We have only had a lead like that one at all this year, so we haven’t had time to work on our spread offense,” Rook said. “The kids, I have told them they have been playing hard and they are very coachable. They have been listening. They have gone through a series of misfortunes of losing some close games, but once we win a close one we can take off and go from there. At Bismarck, they shot the ball extremely well. It seems like everybody we are catching right now are shooting the ball well against us. Part of that is their offensive execution and part of it is our lack of defense, but the credit given them is really for what we are not doing. So we have to keep doing what we do and keep going.”
McClure finished with eight points that included six-of-eight shooting from the free throw line. Eley had seven points and was three-of-four from the charity stripe. Harris had five points, Goshen scored four and Nelson was three-of-four from the free throw line for three points for Arkadelphia.
“They are very excited about going home and playing, too,” Rook said. “We have played seven games so far this season, and without counting the benefit game, we haven’t been home yet.”
The Lady Badgers play at home on Friday night against Haskell Harmony Grove and play again on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Fordyce against Monticello.