McClellan contains Begnaud, McGehee


MONTICELLO — A subpar performance — by her lofty standards — from Shakyla Begnaud and McGehee cost the Lady Owls a first-place trophy on Monday.

The sophomore standout struggled as McGehee fell to Little Rock McClellan, 47-37, in the championship game of the Commercial Bank SEARK Holiday Tournament at Arkansas-Monticello’s Steelman Fieldhouse.

Begnaud, who averaged 25 points in the first two games of the tourney, finished with 14 points — all in the second half — and finished just 6 for 13 at the foul line.

Begnaud, who scored 48 points in a game last season, struggled shooting, but she didn’t get nearly as many opportunities to score as usual.

“My girls were out of sync,” said McGehee head coach Karen Broughton. “They wouldn’t throw the ball inside.”

Despite Begnaud being shut out, the Lady Owls only trailed by two points (16-14) at halftime.

Begnaud, whose 14 points tied Taia Brown for the team high, began to impose her will late in the third quarter. The sophomore had six points in the period and added eight in the fourth quarter.

“We started doing what we usually do,” Broughton said. “We finally started executing the gameplan.”

With a little over a minute remaining, McGehee’s Niesha Henry connected on a three-pointer to pull the Lady Owls within three at 40-37.

McClellan, though, scored the game’s final seven points, including four by Alexis Meadows, who finished with a game-high 16 points.

Monticello 54, Dollarway 33

MONTICELLO — Yasmine Franklin’s 22 points helped lead the Lady Billies to a win over the Lady Cardinals and a third-place trophy.

The big quarter for Franklin and Monticello was the third.

After being tied (9-9) after the first period and only leading by three (23-20) at halftime, the Lady Billies outscored the Lady Cardinals 18-10 in the third quarter. Franklin scored eight points in the period as Monticello opened up a 41-30 lead.

The Lady Billies kept rolling and held the Lady Cardinals, who were led by Jayana Sanders’ 18 points, to just three fourth-quarter points.

Dumas 43, Hamburg 39

MONTICELLO — The Lady Cats edged the Lady Lions to earn fifth place.

Dumas held quarter leads of 8-7, 25-22 and 32-26 before holding off Hamburg in the fourth.

Tia White led the Lady Cats with 17 points — 14 in the first half — and Whitney Henderson added 10. White connected on four three-pointers in the game.

Three Hamburg players — Jaz Charleston, Keshia Martin and Rent Farmer — finished with nine points apiece. Charleston scored six of her points in the fourth.