Dumas handles White Hall in tourney opener

The White Hall Bulldogs couldn’t overcome a poor shooting night in a 58-41 loss to the Dumas Bobcats on Monday night at the Southeast Arkansas Girls Tournament held at Pine Bluff High School.

White Hall (0-1) started out well trailing by just four points at the end of the first quarter at 14-10. Dumas (1-0) then used a 19-4 run in the second quarter to create some separation and cruise down the stretch to a victory.

White Hall head coach Mike Upshaw was proud of his girls’ effort despite the loss and said they will only get better as the season goes along.

“There were a lot of positives,” Upshaw said. “Our kids played all the way to the end. We put three kids on the floor with varsity experience and our objective in the second half was to win the second half, and we did.”

White Hall outscored Dumas 27-25 in the second half and played a lot better defensively forcing some turnovers. However, the Bulldogs themselves were plagued by turnovers with 20-plus for the game.

Upshaw said it was tough night shooting but he has confidence his girls will bounce back.

“At times we felt like we were getting shots but just couldn’t get the ball in the hole,” Upshaw said. “Sometimes you have those nights.”

White Hall was led by guard Hailey Wilkins who filled the stat sheet with a near triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals. Dumas was led offensively by Mana Mitchell who finished with 19 points.

White Hall will take on Camden Fairview next in the tournament on Thursday.