NASHVILLE - Pulaski Robinson Lady Senators head coach Ahmann Love coached his team to the second-seeded team from the 4A-7 North this season, but an unfortunate set of circumstances in the last regular season game caused him only to have five players available for the first round of the 7-4A district tournament in Nashville on Tuesday night.
Angela Wilson, Mia Smith, Mykla White, N’Riyah Harper and Mackenzie Frederick were the only Lady Senators to make the trip to the district tournament after an alleged altercation with players and fans against Episcopal Collegiate caused most of the Robinson team to be suspended for their game against Arkadelphia. The Lady Badgers jumped out to a 32-8 halftime lead and went on to qualify for the 4A-South region tournament with a 49-34 win.
“It was different,” Arkadelphia Lady Badgers head coach Lynn Rook said. “The kids looked out there and it blew their minds. We didn’t execute, we didn’t function, so we didn’t accomplish a lot other than everyone got to play. We were being a good sport.”
Robinson took a 4-0 lead before August McClure scored inside. After a Indesia Eley steal, Ka’brelle Stulgate scored on an offensive put back to tie the game 4-4. Robinson took the lead again, but Allie Harris hit two 3-pointers in a row and Stulgate added a 3-pointer and a layup to open up an 11-point Arkadelphia lead. A Harris 3-pointer ended the first period with the Lady Badgers ahead 20-6.
McClure added two free throws, Kyla Goshen scored inside and Harris hit another 3-pointer for the Lady Badgers to open the second period. Stulgate added two free throws and Goshen put in one of two for a 30-6 Arkadelphia lead with 2:19 to play before halftime. Robinson put in a basket and Harris put in a short jumper at the buzzer to lift the Lady Badgers to a 32-8 lead at the break.
In the third quarter, Goshen put in a basket for Arkadelphia, Robinson scored a basket, Goshen completed a three-point play, Robinson made one of two free throws and McClure scored for the Lady Badgers for a 39-11 lead.
Jamari Whitaker scored for Arkadelphia, but Robinson completed the quarter with six straight points to close the Arkadelphia lead to 43-19.
Nia Nelson, Diovinni McDore, Sintara Arnold and Elizabeth Watson scored baskets for the Lady Badgers in the fourth quarter.
Harris led Arkadelphia with 14 points, while Goshen added 10. McClure scored six, Stulgate had seven points, while McDore, Arnold, Watson, Whitaker and Nelson all had two points each.
For the first time in two years, Arkadelphia girl’s basketball has made the 4A-South regional tournament.
“Can’t take that away from us,” Rook said.
The Lady Badgers will play next week in the 4A-South Region tournament in Nashville.