WHITE HALL — Fordyce matched White Hall point-for-point over the final three quarters of Saturday’s game.
The Lady Bulldogs were content with that, though, thanks to a huge first quarter that saw them outscore the Lady Bugs 21-1.
That lead proved to be insurmountable as White Hall rolled to a 52-32 win in the inaugural Relyance Bank Classic at White Hall High School.
“Our concern coming in was, are we still going to have a hangover coming off a big win last night?” said Lady Bulldogs head coach Mike Upshaw. “Are we going to be satisfied with winning last night and just go through the motions?
“Well, it’s pretty obvious were able to come ready to play.”
The same could not be said for Fordyce (10-5).
“We played the worst game of our season,” said head coach Ronald Smead. “We played the worst we played all year in the first half.
“I think we just were not mentally focused to play today.”
Smead responded to the rough first quarter by making his starters spend the entire second quarter on the bench. The tactic appeared to send a message as Fordyce outscored White Hall 26-24 in the second half.
But it was far too little too late.
Lindsey Williams and Hailey Wilkins both came out on fire scoring eight and seven points, respectively in the first quarter. All told, five Lady Bulldogs (8-3) scored in the opening quarter, all of which outscored Fordyce’s Lacie Hulse who managed the Lady Bugs’ lone first-quarter point.
Both teams struggled offensively in the second quarter, combining for just 12 points.
Coming out of halftime, Fordyce got in a bit of a groove with Macy Moseley hitting a pair of three-pointers. Moseley’s shots were part of a 10-3 run by the Lady Bugs to begin the third quarter and cut the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to 31-16.
But Fordyce would get no closer.
“We played them pretty even for the second half,” Smead said. “I’m proud that our girls didn’t just roll over.
“But we weren’t ready to play when it’s all said and done.”
Moseley, Brandy Stroud and Alyssa English all finished with six points to lead Fordyce. On the other side, Wilkins finished with a game-high 17 points and Williams added 16.
After finishing the classic at 2-0, Upshaw was all smiles as his team ended their nonconference season on a winning note.
“Coach Smead has a really good group over at Fordyce,” Upshaw said. “But our kids were ready and played like they have something to prove.
“They came back a little bit there in the third, but our kids weathered the storm.
“I’m not sure what to say. We finished the nonconference part of our schedule at 8-3. Now we turn our attention to (playing) Hope here on January 10.
“So let the fun begin.”
Lake Hamilton 56, Beebe 51
Lake Hamilton and Beebe both finished the Relyance Bank Classic at 1-1. Lake Hamilton lost to White Hall on Friday, while Beebe defeated Fordyce.