By: Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)
TEXARKANA — The Arkansas High Lady Razorbacks’ losing streak extended to four games as the De Queen Lady Leopards trounced them 56-36 at Razorback Gymnasium.
Sisters Abby and Ashley Dykes combined for 20 points and went 3-of-6 from the free throw line and added a 3-pointer to put the Lady Razorbacks in a hole.
The Lady Razorbacks were down by just two points at the end of the first quarter before De Queen outscored them to take a 24-12 halftime lead and start to extend their lead towards the boundary of insurmountable.
“I’m not mad about the way we played,” said Arkansas High head coach Venture Watson. “The girls actually played a team that’s number one in our conference and they stayed with them the first half. … Defensively we were good. Offensively we couldn’t score. So, other than, I’m not mad. I’m actually okay with the way the girls played. I just wish we could have scored a little bit more.”
India Young led all Lady Razorbacks scorers with 13 points. Tierra Holliman had eight points, and Kiera Young, Brooklyn Brewer, and Cedriana Daniels each had five points.
Arkansas High excelled in one area better than the 13-3 (6-1) Lady Leopards: free throw percentage. The Lady Razorbacks shot 60 percent from the line compared to De Queen’s 43.8 percent.
“That’s something that we’ve been concentrated on,” Watson said. “I told the girls we’ve had a lot of games where we shot at least 70 percent. But we’ve had some slumps where the girls shot 30 percent. So we told the girls, look, get to the free throw line and let’s shoot at least 60 percent from the free throw line. And that’s what we’ve been working on. So, I’m proud of them.”
Arkansas High falls to 5-14 on the year and 1-6 in the conference and is currently on a four-game losing streak. The numbers may seem negative, but Coach Watson hopes the time on the job for her relatively young squad will provide the experience critical for building a winning foundation.
Said Watson: “It may seem like we’re kind of starting off kind of slow, but we’re really not starting off slow. They’re learning. The process is learning. They have to know the goods, the bads, and that’s what they’re doing.”
Up next the Lady Razorbacks have Hot Springs Lakeside at home. Catch the live broadcast at 6:00 p.m. right here on Fox Sports 1400 AM or FoxSportsTexarkana.com.
India Young — 13 points, 3/4 FT %, 2 fouls
Tierra Holliman — 8 points, 1/2 FT %, 1 foul
Kiara Young — 5 points, 1/3 FT %, 3 fouls
Brooklyn Brewer — 5 points, 3/4 FT %, 3 fouls
Cedriana Daniels — 5 points, 1/3 FT %, 4 fouls
Tyquiana Strickland — 3 points, 3/4 FT %
DE QUEEN LADY LEOPARDS
Hanna Murry — 12 points, 2/4 FT %, 2 fouls
Ashley Dykes — 12 points, 1/1 FT %, 2 fouls
Abby Dykes — 8 points, 0/1 FT %, 1 foul
Meagan Martz — 7 points, 0/4 FT %, 2 fouls
Montana Sorrells — 6 points, 2/2 FT %, 3 fouls
Caterra Morphew — 5 points, 1/2 FT %, 5 fouls
Sydney Sneed — 2 points, 1 foul