Hope ninth grade girls basketball team went down to the wire in a heartbreaking home loss to Texarkana 34-33 last Thursday night in the featured nightcap battle at Jones Field House Gymnasium.

Hope ninth grade girls basketball team went down to the wire in a heartbreaking home loss to Texarkana 34-33 last Thursday night in the featured nightcap battle at Jones Field House Gymnasium.

Hope and Texarkana stayed in striking distance of each other the entire game for all four quarters of junior high hoops action. In the first quarter, Texarkana won the scoring battle to outscore Hope 9-8. DaNya Muldrow and Mariuna McClenton provided the scoring for Hope in opening period action.

In the second, Hope had the edge and outscored Texarkana 6-5 with McClenton, Nia'kerra Magee and Muldrow all scoring a basket apiece in the quarter. At halftime, Hope and Texarkana were tied, 14-14.

In the second half, Texarkana came out with the momentum to outscore Hope 9-7 in the third period. Hope would trail Texarkana 25-20 for the five point deficit going into the final period of the night.

In the fourth, built an 28-20 lead over Hope down to the 4:40 mark. Hope rallied back with key baskets scored by Muldrow and McClenton that cut Texarkana's lead to a two point advantage down to the 1:16 mark 31-29. In the closing minute of action, Texarkana would take a three point lead 34-31, but McClenton's basket cut the lead down to one with five seconds to play in the game. Texarkana was fouled and sent to the line to shoot a pair of free-throws and missed both with 3.1 seconds left. Hope had the last possession, but their shot attempt fell short and Texarkana escaped with victory.

For the game, Hope's Muldrow led scoring with 15 points and McClenton dropped 12 points for double-figures. Anntaevia Briggs, Ashanti Phillips and Magee each had two points apiece.

Hope ninth grade girls returned to hoops on the road Monday night at Malvern and set to travel to Camden-Fairview this Thursday night for junior high competition.