The hometown Hope Ladycats ended their league series match-up hosting Class 6A Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves Friday night at Jones Field House Gymnasium. The Ladycats held ground early to stay within striking distance, but the Lady Wolves productive play stood out for victory 62-35 to sweep the series meeting against Hope.

The hometown Hope Ladycats ended their league series match-up hosting Class 6A Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves Friday night at Jones Field House Gymnasium. The Ladycats held ground early to stay within striking distance, but the Lady Wolves productive play stood out for victory 62-35 to sweep the series meeting against Hope.

The Lady Wolves jumped out to an 7-1 advantage in first quarter play. After Zahria Woods split a pair of free-throws to put the Ladycats on the scoreboard, KeKe Roberts posted the Ladycats' first basket from the field at the 4:13 mark with Hope trailing Lake Hamilton, 7-3.

The Lady Wolves answered with a 3-pointer, but senior team captain Andria Curtis sparked to nail a jumper around the foul line to cut Hope's deficit to 10-5 with nearly two minutes remaining to play in opening period action.

Roberts scored the final basket for Hope with 45.9 seconds, but the Lady Wolves dropped two trifecta's from behind the arc along completing a three-point play and making the free-throw attempt in the final two minutes of first quarter play led to an 19-7 lead advantage of Lake Hamilton over the Ladycats at the end of the opening period.

In the second quarter, the Ladycats scored nine points with Curtis scored two buckets, Courtney Davis draining a 3-pointer and Lanay Wheaton scoring from the field for contributions to Hope's side of the scoreboard. The Lady Wolves outscored Hope 11-9 in the second period and led 30-16 at the break over Hope.

In the third, the Ladycats posted seven points scored but the Lady Wolves added nine points scoring under double-digits. At the end of three periods of action, the Ladycats trailed Lake Hamilton 39-23.

In the fourth period, the Lady Wolves opened quarter play knocking down a 3-pointer, then scoring a basket and splitting a pair of free-throws to extend their lead to 45-23 down to the 6:42 mark. Wheaton answered for Hope and scored a basket to cut the Ladycats' deficit to 20 points of the Lady Wolves' 45-25 lead.

Lake Hamilton went on a scoring spree and posted the nine unanswered points down to the 4:05 mark to led Hope, 54-25. Courtney Davis and Wheaton both made trips to the foul line and knocked down free-throws down the stretch for Hope's scoring in the final three minutes of play in the game. The Lady Wolves connected on all their free-throw attempts in the final minutes of play to roll onto an 27 point win.

For the game, Ladycats' Wheaton led all scorers with 19 points for double-figures. Curtis followed with six points, Davis scored five points with one trey, Roberts finished with four points and Woods chipped in one point.

For Lake Hamilton, Taylor Wells led scoring with 12 points, Logan Keener and Hannah Walker each scored 11 points for double-figures and Jenny Peake added nine points.

On this coming Monday Jan. 29, the Ladycats will travel to Camden-Fairview for senior high hoops for a make up game that was originally scheduled Tuesday Jan.16 but postponed due to inclement weather conditions. Then Tuesday Jan. 30 the Ladycats travel to Texarkana to face another Class 6A opponent Arkansas High Lady Razorbacks to close out their league series meeting.