The hometown Hope Ladycats put together an impressive display of winning on the road last Friday night to defeat their longtime school rivals' Magnolia Lady Panthers 56-52 at Panther Arena.

The hometown Hope Ladycats put together an impressive display of winning on the road last Friday night to defeat their longtime school rivals' Magnolia Lady Panthers 56-52 at Panther Arena.

The Ladycats seek revenge and redemption over Magnolia to split their conference series match-up to end a losing skid for their first victory in league play to fall short in close battles from previous road battles.

The Ladycats rallied from a 12-9 deficit at the end of the first period to outscore Magnolia 13-9 in the season with Hope taking an 22-21 halftime lead in the locker room over the Lady Panthers.

In the second half, the Ladycats and Lady Panthers both posted in double-digit quarter of scoring for third and fourth, but Hope's 18 points in the final period made the difference to secure them victory over Magnolia. Hope posted 16 points in the third with Magnolia scoring 19 after three quarters of action. Hope totaled for 34 points scored and Magnolia had 31 points total for second half scoring.

For the game, the Ladycats 46 percent from the field, hit game-high 8-for-11 behind the arc 3-pointers for 72 percent. The Ladycats scored three points in transition, eight points off turnovers and 20 points in the paint. The Ladycats snatched 22 rebounds, dished out 12 assist with seven deflection and 10 steals and one block. 

Ladycats' Lanay Wheaton led scoring with 17 points with three 3-pointers going 3-for-4 from behind the arc for double-figures with five rebounds, three steals, two deflections. Ra'Nayzia Miller followed with 14 points with three 3-pointers going 3-for-5 from behind the arc with seven rebounds with two deflections.

Courtney Davis contributed 11 points for double-figures going perfect from behind the arc with one 3-pointer swished and snatched two rebounds with four assists and two steals. Team captain Andria Curtis scored seven points also going perfect from behind the arc draining one trifecta with two assist, two deflections and two steals.

Zahria Woods contributed five points with three rebounds, Ke'Azha Roberts and Stephenique Morris each chipped in one point apiece. Roberts had three assists, one deflection and two steals with Morris grabbing two rebounds.

The Ladycats conclude league series play on tonight hosting Class 6A El Dorado at home and then Friday night in their final home game of the season facing Camden-Fairview on senior night at Jones Field House Gymnasium.