FORDYCE — Drew Central coach Michael Goad knew Jessieville had the ability to get hot from beyond the arc, and he made his defensive gameplan accordingly.

FORDYCE — Drew Central coach Michael Goad knew Jessieville had the ability to get hot from beyond the arc, and he made his defensive gameplan accordingly.

However, Jessieville was still able to find open three-point attempts and the Lady Lions made them. Jessieville made nine three-pointers in the game, six in the first half, to dispatch of Drew Central 57-41 in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament Tuesday.

“They were just hot,” Drew Central guard Adruna Simpson said. “We tried to get out on them, but they were just going ‘swish.’”

The 18 points Jessieville scored on three-pointers by the half were more than Drew Central (24-8) had total as the Lady Lions had a 39-15 lead.

“They were hot from the three and we knew they could shoot,” Goad said. “We thought maybe we could hold them a little bit there in the match-up zone, and obviously we couldn’t. Have to hand it to them; they shot the ball unbelievably well.”

Drew Central was not going away quietly, though. The Lady Pirates opened the second half with five straight points to start a 14-5 run.

That made the score 44-29, but that would be the closest Drew Central would get the rest of the way.

“Of course, you hate to lose in the first round of state,” Goad said. “To be quite honest, we thought it was going to be a special year, and we feel Lady Pirate basketball is going to be special every year.”

Simpson led Drew Central with 10 points and Iesha Smith added nine.

Simpson, a senior, was trying to hold back tears after the game since the team was hoping to make a trip to Hot Springs for a chance at a state title.

“It’s sad, we all shed tears and we all wanted to make it farther,” she said. “We tried. I think if we would’ve had a fifth quarter, we would’ve come back.”