It's been a tough and challenging season on the hardwood for the Hope ninth grade girls basketball team thus far into the 2017-18 year of junior high hoops. Hope battled hard in defeat in two tough road games at Magnolia and Ashdown.

It's been a tough and challenging season on the hardwood for the Hope ninth grade girls basketball team thus far into the 2017-18 year of junior high hoops. Hope battled hard in defeat in two tough road games at Magnolia and Ashdown.

Hope faced off first against Magnolia last week and visiting Hope fell 34-7. Aniya Trotter led scoring for Hope with five points and Ashanti Railey added two points in the loss.

In their final battle of the week, Hope came up short to Ashdown 38-10 on the road. Hope held a 23-4 deficit to Ashdown at halftime and was outscored in the second half to the Jr. Lady Panthers 15-6 for third and fourth quarter scoring.

Defensively, the Jr. Lady Panthers were held to only three points in the fourth along Hope during their battle in the finale period of the game. Hope's DaNya Muldrow led scoring with four points, Muldrew added three points, Trotter had two points and Anntaevia Briggs finished with one point.

This Thursday night, Hope ninth grade girls will continue more road play for junior high hoops in Hot Springs to battle the Jr. Lady Trojans for their first of two game season series meeting.