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Lady Wildcats upend Pine Bluff

by Tony Burns | January 12, 2022 at 1:42 a.m.

El Dorado’s girls didn’t earn any style points on Tuesday. The Lady Wildcats didn’t need them, blitzing Pine Bluff 63-47 to earn their first 5A-South victory.

El Dorado improved to 8-3, 1-1.

The Lady Wildcats never trailed and were never threatened, jumping out to an 11-1 lead on a Rekiyah Howard 3-pointer midway in the first quarter. The lead was 21-9 after one quarter and grew to 31-12 after a 3-pointer by Charalyn Rester and a three-point play by Lindsey Lockhart with 5:40 left in the second quarter.

But El Dorado, apparently, eased up as the remainder of the contest turned into a foul-fest, complete with turnovers and missed lay-ups on both ends.

After the game, El Dorado coach Ashlee Curtis joked it was the longest game she’d ever seen. But, she’d still take the victory.

“Any win is a good win, especially in conference,” she said. “We made a lot of mistakes like we did previously. It’s going to come back to haunt us if we continue to do it. We’re back in the lab tomorrow. We’ll get it together.

“At this point, a win is a win and we’re going to take it whether it was an ugly win, a pretty win, by 50 or by 1, we’re going to take it.”

Howard led El Dorado with 18 points with Rester scoring 13. Carshaila Rozier and Lauren Nelson added nine and eight, respectively.

Nadiya Moten led the Fillies with 15 points while TC Jeffery added 10 and S’vhanna Obasade eight.

The Lady Wildcats led 38-21 at the half and 48-27 going into the fourth quarter.

“It’s real easy to execute right when you’re coming off of practice. To be able to follow our game plan and stay disciplined, that’s something we struggle with as a team to stay disciplined throughout the entire game,” said Curtis. “At the beginning in the first half, we had a lot of discipline. And as the game went on, that discipline kind of faded away. But, we’ll get it together.”

El Dorado played its entire bench in the game. 

“We had some kids step up, play guard, play post, who normally don’t. Rekiyah Howard did a great job. She’s really evolving as a player,” said Curtis. “Lindsey Lockhart did a great job. Charalyn Rester - I tell her all the time. If you don’t lead us, if you don’t handle the ball well, we’re not going to win the game. For the kids to be able to step and step into those positions, it always turns out great for us.”


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