Saline River Chronicle

Road trip ends with Lady Jack loss at conference undefeated Magnolia

Magnolia, Arkansas – Warren’s Lady Jack basketball team suffered a 53-26 loss to undefeated 8-4A Conference leader opponent Magnolia on the road Tuesday evening, January 25, 2022.

By Rob Reep

The Lady Jacks came into the ballgame with a 6-7 overall record, but at only 1-1 in Conference play, there is plenty of basketball yet to be played. Warren undoubtably were underdogs in this one, as Magnolia’s Lady Panther team arrived ahead of Tuesday’s game undefeated in the 8-4A, sitting atop the conference table.

Things appeared very bright for Warren in the opening stages, as buckets from Tyairean Bass and Keller Bigham helped the Lady Jacks jump out to a 5-0 advantage within the first two minutes. Magnolia however swung right back, going on a 7-0 run to retake the lead. The Lady Jacks did tie things up at 7-7 midway through the quarter, but Magnolia continued their offensive spree, finishing the first period up 12-7.

The home team kept up their momentum into the second quarter, extending their lead to ten points. Warren’s point tally was hampered by a few turnovers, which took Warren into halftime down 21-11.

Tessa Andrus(10) rounds a Lady Panther defender, driving into the paint.

Scoring opened up even more for Magnolia’s Lady Panthers in the third and fourth quarters. Warren made a late consolation run in the fourth, but they went on to fall by the final of 53-26.

The Lady Jacks were led on the scoresheet by Keller Bigham with 14 points. She knocked home two threes on the night.

Tyairean Bass followed Bigham with five points.

Only two other Lady Jacks posted points. Tessa Andrus scored four, and Mahiya Payne scored three. Payne’s points came from one three in the third.

The loss takes the Lady Jacks to 1-2 in conference play. They now have an overall record of 6-8.

The conference race is still very much in play for Warren’s women. Things could look much better after Friday if they can take down Camden Fairview, who currently occupy third. The task won’t be easy however, as the game is on the road. That game will start immediately following the Junior Girls game vs. Camden Fairview Friday, which is set to tip off at 5:00 p.m.

Coach Leon Harris chats with his team during a first half timeout.
Tyairean Bass(3) banks in a shot late in the fourth quarter against Magnolia.
Mylesha Yao(1) gets set for an inbounds play during the third quarter.
Keller Bigham(13) knocks down a jumper early in the fourth.
Warren’s bench watches on during the second half at Magnolia.
Raven Harris(44) awaits a second free-throw from Tyairean Bass in the fourth.
Tyairean Bass(3) looks for an inside pass during the second half.
Keller Bigham(13) fires a pass to Tessa Andrus(10) in the corner during Warren’s road trip at Magnolia.

Top photo: Keller Bigham(13) dribbles just outside the three point line during the third quarter at Magnolia.

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