Entering into the contest, the Dollarway Lady Cardinals (3-7) had won two of their last three games. Looking to build on that momentum as conference play approaches, the Lady Cardinals played host Friday night to KIPP Delta Collegiate High School out of Helena-West Helena, winning 49-32.
KIPP Delta (0-6) entered the contest winless on the season, and it was on Dollarway's Head Coach James Jones and his girls to keep it that way. KIPP is a member of the 2-3A region, and they're under the leadership of Head Coach Tracy Duncan.
The Lady Cardinals scored the game's first four points, but KIPP responded with two unanswered buckets. Then, Dollarway's Jayonna Sanders connected on back-to-back three-point baskets, giving the Cardinals a two possession lead. Dollarway's defense wasn't exactly exhausting, and KIPP was able to get inside the lane, but they weren't converting. Along with Sanders, Lamaya Tatum was able to knock down a couple of open jumpers, giving the Lady Cardinals an 18-8 advantage heading into the second quarter.
Sanders continued to enforce her will in the beginning of the second quarter. Behind Sanders, the Lady Cardinals built an 11-2 run, forcing Duncan to call for timeout with 2:28 to play in the first half. KIPP was held to only two points in the second quarter, and that allowed the Lady Cardinals to open up a 19 point advantage.
In the third, the Lady Cardinals took their time and established their half court sets. For KIPP, Mykayla Cagle displayed a nice touch, and she forced the Lady Cardinals to respect her long-range shooting skills. Behind Cagle, KIPP went on a 8-0 run, cutting Dollarway's lead down to 11 points. Jones elected to call timeout with 4:39 left to play in the third in hopes of refocusing his team.
The Lady Cardinals responded after that timeout by going on an 8-0 run of their own. Not only did Dollarway build a run, but they tightened up on the defensive end as well. Frustrated with her starters, Duncan decided to play her reserves to end the third as they trailed 17 points.
Duncan reinserted her starters to begin the fourth, but Sanders and the Lady Cardinals continued to give KIPP problems. Sanders handled the ball well throughout the game, and she played unselfish as she got her teammates involved.
Sanders finished with a game high 33 points.