The hometown Hope Ladycats made their return to home hoops competition last Friday night hosting the Class 6A Arkansas High Lady Razorbacks for the first of their two game season meetings of the blended 5A-6A Conference at Jones Field House Gymnasium.

The hometown Hope Ladycats made their return to home hoops competition last Friday night hosting the Class 6A Arkansas High Lady Razorbacks for the first of their two game season meetings of the blended 5A-6A Conference at Jones Field House Gymnasium.

The Ladycats provided an productive first half performance that gave the home team a nine point halftime advantage going into the locker room. In the second half, the visiting Lady Razorbacks sparked with a 22 point third quarter scoring period, then a big 21 points scored in the final period that totaled 43 second half points with Hope accounting 19 points on the scoreboard resulting Arkansas High edging the Ladycats 63-59.

Despite with a tough close loss for the Ladycats, Lanay Wheaton led the scoring department with a season-high 24 points and senior point guard Courtney Davis followed with 10 points for double-figures for Hope.

In game action, the Ladycats started out the contest outscoring Arkansas High for a 14-10 lead to end first period play. Courtney Davis scored the game's first bucket, then sister Jaleia Davis and Zahria Woods both had a bucket apiece in the first five minutes of first quarter play. Ranayzia Miller made a basket at the 1:23 mark, then Wheaton took it over from there scoring Hope's final six points of the quarter including a trey from behind the arc provided the Ladycats a four point spread going into the second quarter.

In the second, the Ladycats continued their spark to outscore the Lady Razorbacks 16-11 with hope taking the nine point lead into the locker room at halftime, 30-21.

In the third quarter, the Ladycats got outscored 22-8 that showcase Arkansas High leading Hope 42-38 at the end of three periods of play. In the fourth, Wheaton provided the majority of scoring with 10 points scored of her 24 for the game. Courtney Davis dropped six points in the fourth with a trifecta from behind the arc (three-pointer) and Miller and Andria Curtis contributed scoring with two points piece with Curtis going 2-for-2 at the foul line for scoring in the final period.

For the game, Ladycats' Curtis finished with five points, Woods had four points, Jaleia Davis and Ke'Azha Roberts each contributed two points apiece.

For Arkansas High, Tierra Holliman led the Lady Razorbacks with 19 points and Kiara Young followed with 17 points for double-figures.

The Ladycats will be off from action for the remaining time of the year and set to return to the hardwood for senior high girls hoops January 2018 for the second half of the 2017-18 basketball season.