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Lady Backs rout Junction City, 58-25

by Josh Richert | November 16, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Arkansas High used smothering defense and dominated the boards to over Junction City, 58-25, Tuesday at Razorback Gym.

The Lady Backs forced 36 turnovers by the Lady Dragons and won the rebounding battle, 43-25, to overcome a slow shooting night for AHS.

Arkansas High finished 25-of-64 from the field for a 39 shooting percentage. The Lady Backs had as many made baskets as Junction City managed to get off, as the visitors finished with a 32 field goal percentage on 8-of-25 shooting.

We've really been working on being solid on the defensive end," Arkansas High head coach Dulincia Keener said. "We've got to do a better job of not fouling and allowing our opponent extra points from the free throw line.

"But the girls are getting after it; they're up on ball pressure and being aggressive. We just need to keep our composure and be solid now, instead of fouling."

AHS was whistled for 18 fouls, compared to 14 by the Dragons.

Up 17 to start the second half, Arkansas High closed the third quarter with an 8-0 run to take a 27-point advantage into the final stanza.

Makayla Dodd's putback with 5:00 left in the game invoked the mercy rule, as the Lady Backs took a 54-23 advantage. The clock ran the entire last five minutes.

Keniyah Bryant scored 12 points to lead Arkansas High, and Ladaviala Hill added 10 points. Dodd and Taylor Reed scored eight apiece, and Seaira Watson and Larnya Solomon had seven. Watson also led the team with 11 rebounds.

The Lady Backs rattled off 10 points in a row early to take a 12-2 lead just 4:46 into the game. Junction City cut the deficit to single digits three times but trailed 29-12 at intermission.

Bryant started the early rally for Arkansas High with a jump shot, and Watson drained a 3-pointer. Solomon made it 10-2 with her traditional 3-point play, and Jenna Dupree had a short jumper off a rebound.

To start the second quarter the Lady Backs scored four baskets in a row to grab a 24-7 lead.

Watson had nine of AHS' 21 rebounds in the first half.

Allie Thurmon paced the Dragons with 12 points, and Leslie Reddick had eight.

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