The hometown Hope Ladycats finally got their chance and opportunity to perform on their home hardwood territory Tuesday night hosting the De Queen Lady Leopards for their season home-opener for conference play at Jones Field House Gymnasium.

The hometown Hope Ladycats finally got their chance and opportunity to perform on their home hardwood territory Tuesday night hosting the De Queen Lady Leopards for their season home-opener for conference play at Jones Field House Gymnasium. The Ladycats competed hard with a competitive effort despite a few key players out, but the tough play from the Lady Leopards stood ground to defeat Hope 62-41.

In first quarter play, the Ladycats started out productive with the lead from Andria Curtis scoring Hope's basket at the 6:57 mark for the 2-1 advantage over De Queen. From this point, the Lady Leopards went on a run to outscore Hope and held a 7-2 advantage down to the 5:52 mark. Curtis came right back for her second bucket of the game in the paint area to cut Hope's deficit at the 5:39 mark trailing De Queen 7-4.

The Lady Leopards posted back to back baskets to take a 11-4 lead, but Jaleia Davis answered to stop the run by splitting a pair of free-throws at the foul line for Hope. The Lady Leopards extended their lead draining a three-pointer at the 4:08 mark increasing the De Queen advantage to 14-5. Curtis scored her third basket of the at the 3:41 mark making the score 14-7, but the Lady Leopards dropped seven more points on the scoreboard down to the 1:30 mark to lead Hope, 21-7. Sarah Willis and Zahria Woods scored the final baskets for the Ladycats in the final minute and half, but De Queen ended first quarter action leading Hope, 26-11.

In the second quarter, the Lady Leopards opened the period accounting a trifecta from behind the arc to take a 29-11 lead down to the 7:33 mark. Ranayzia Miller got in the scorebook to score her first points of the game at the 7:20 mark with a basket with Hope trailing De Queen 29-13. Courtney Davis and Woods each had a basket from the field, with Curtis splitting a pair of free-throws and Jaleia Davis making both shots from the charity stripe providing the scoring for Hope in the quarter. The Ladycats were outscored 11-10 in the second to post a double-digit scoring quarter, but De Queen maintain the lead at the break, 37-21.

In the third quarter, the Ladycats sparked coming out the locker room for third quarter action and out-scored De Queen 17-15, but Hope had a 52-37 deficit at the end of third period. In the fourth, the Lady Leopards posted a double-digit scoring period with 10 points added to the scoreboard. The Ladycats managed four points scored with Jaleia Davis and Miller each making a bucket apiece for Hope in the finale period of play.

For the game, Ladycats' Miller and Curtis led scoring with season-high's for double-figures. Miller paced Hope with 12 points and swished two trey's from behind the arc in third quarter play and Curtis followed with 10 points. Woods finished with six points, Jaleia Davis added five points, Courtney Davis scored four points, Me'Ashyia Camal and Willis each contributed two points apiece.

For De Queen, Abby Dykes led all scorers with 15 points and Josie Burke had 13 points for double-figures.

This weekend, the Ladycats are back on the road for tournament competition in the Gunslinger tourney in New Boston, Texas Dec. 7-9. Following tournament play in Texas the Ladycats return home next Friday Dec. 15 to continue league play in the 5A-6A blended conference play hosting Class 6A Arkansas High Lady Razorbacks at Jones Field House Gymnasium.