The hometown Hope Ladycats basketball team looks to bounce back strong for next season after wrapping up their year of hoops last week in the 5A South Conference Tournament in Hot Springs

The hometown Hope Ladycats basketball team looks to bounce back strong for next season after wrapping up their year of hoops last week in the 5A South Conference Tournament in Hot Springs 

The Ladycats had strong attacks of performances on the hardwood throughout this season despite coming up short in close games, but showed some sparks to lead into next year as they'll be in the Class 4A division.

The Ladycats competed strong during the 5A/6A Conference with early competitive play in games against Class 6A Arkansas High, El Dorado and conference opponents, Camden-Fairview and topping Magnolia on the road for a key victory in league play. 

With the season under their belts for the time being, the Ladycats look to come back more effective to be a threat and challenge in their new conference taking on teams Nashville, Mena, Malvern, Arkadelphia, Bauxite and De Queen in the blended 4A/5A Conference for 2018-19.

Head coach Susan Powers and assistant coach Kelly Muldrew knows this will be different experience and feel for their senior high girls basketball team. In the past having to face Hot Springs, Hot Springs Lakeside, Watson Chapel, White Hall, Magnolia and Camden-Fairview over the previous seasons helps them take on the challenge to battle and compete in the 4A Classification.

The level of talent will produce some quality key players during their battle against opponents in their conference but they're looking forward to the challenge to regroup and create some noise on the hardwood and make a new start to focus back to being state tourney bound for next year.