Hope junior high basketball squads took care of business on the hardwood Thursday night on the road for a three-game sweep against Arkadelphia to begin the 2016-17 basketball season 1-0.

Hope junior high basketball squads took care of business on the hardwood Thursday night on the road for a three-game sweep against Arkadelphia to begin the 2016-17 basketball season 1-0.

The Yerger Middle School Bobkittens eighth grade basketball team got the night off to a an exciting fashion by defeating Arkadelphia 46-28. YMS led at halftime 28-18, then in the second half, Hope out-scored Arkadelphia 18-12 to roll onto a 18 point win. For the game, Travion Rhodes led the scoring department with 15 points and Corey Lewis dropped 13 points for a duo of double-figures. Zykeis Lawson scored five points, Kenneth Anderson had four points, Otis Ward, Devria Christopher, Tevin Hayden and Jatario Lewis each scored two points apiece. Daylon Banks chipped in one point for the winning YMS squad.

In ninth grade girls action, the Ladykittens pulled off a impressive close victory over Arkadelphia, 36-32. The Ladykittens took a 21-15 lead into the locker room at halftime over the Lady Badgers. In the second half, the Ladykittens maintain a 28-23 lead at the end of the third, added eight points in the fourth despite the Lady Badgers pouring nine points on the board in the final period of action. For the game, Lanay Wheaton led scoring with 16 points and Ra'Nayzia Miller scored 13 points for double-figures. Sarah Willis scored four points, Audrianna Collins had two points and Joeisha Walker contributed one point in the Ladykittens' win. From the charity stripe, Hope shot 7 of 18 and Arkadelphia hit 14 of 34 free-throws.

For the nightcap featured game, in ninth grade boys action, the Bobkittens prevailed over the Badgers 48-42. For the game, Bobkittens' Mekhi Henderson led scoring with 17 points for double-figures. Preston Moss scored nine points, Zak Box finished with seven points, Montarious Kendericks scored four points and LaDarius Watson had three points.

Thursday Nov. 17, Hope junior high teams will be in action next week to battle Texarkana beginning at 5 p.m. Hope seventh, eighth and ninth grade girls basketball teams are scheduled to host Texarkana at home beginning at 5 p.m. at Jones Fieldhouse Gymnasium. Hope seventh, eighth and ninth grade boys squads will travel to Texarkana for junior high action.