What could have been for the Arkansas City High School girls basketball team didn’t pan out Tuesday night in a 49-39 home loss to Valley Center in AV-CTL D-II action in The Dawg Pound.

The Lady Bulldogs (0-8, 0-4 AV-CTL D-II) are getting there — no question about it.

Ark City came out on fire, hitting three baskets from 3-point range while outscoring the Lady Hornets 17-12 in the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs still led 30-24 at halftime after shooting a solid 44 percent (11 of 25) from the floor.

Then the proverbial roof caved in.

Ark City was completely shut out in the third quarter, allowing the Lady Hornets to use a 19-0 run to forge ahead 43-30 entering the fourth quarter.

The Lady Bulldogs were just 2 of 20 from the floor in the second half and were outrebounded 32-25.

Espy Daniels and Braylee Ruyle combined to score 29 of Ark City’s 39 points. Daniels drained two of her three treys in the first quarter in a 16-point effort, and converted a rare four-point play when she was fouled while sinking a trey in the fourth quarter. Ruyle finished with 13 points.

Ark City took a huge step at the foul line, sinking 9 of 10, including 5 of 5 from Daniels.

Kassie Kinniburgh led all scorers with 22 points for the Lady Hornets (2-5, 1-2), who took more twice as many trips to the foul like as Ark City, sinking 12 of 23.

 

Valley Center 49, Ark City 39

Valley Center1212196—49

Arkansas City171309—39

 

VALLEY CENTER (2-5, 1-2)

Kassie Kinniburgh 9-12 4-5 22, Ali Coash 2-4 4-4 8, Halle Brittain 2-3 1-3 7, Abbi Wolf 2-7 1-2 6, Kylee Dawson 2-3 0-2 4, Riley Ranzau 0-3 2-4 2, Kenisa Meyer 0-0 0-1 0, Olivia Niedens 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 17-33 12-23 49.

ARKANSAS CITY (0-8, 0-4)

Espy Daniels 4-11 5-5 16, Braylee Ruyle 5-12 2-2 13, Kamri Pool 2-5 0-0 4, Elise Brewer 1-3 0-0 2, Jayden Perot 1-2 0-1 2, Ellie Messenger 0-2 2-2 2, Maya Burley 0-4 0-0 0, Spirit Frazier 0-1 0-0 0, Emma Badley 0-1 0-0 0, Kalli Viegra 0-0 0-0 0, Olivia Pride 0-2 0-0 0, Ayanna Jennings 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 13-45 9-10 39.

 

3-Point goals: Valley Center 3 (Brittain 2-3, Wolf 1-4, Ranzau 0-1); Ark City 4-17 (Daniels 3-6, Ruyle 1-6, Messenger 0-1, Burley 0-2, Jennings 0-2). Rebounds: Valley Center 32 (Dawson 10); Ark City 25 (Daniels 7). Assists: Valley Center 11 (Ranzau 4); Ark City 6 (Daniels 2, Ruyle 2). Steals: Valley Center 7 (Dawson 3); Ark City 6 (Daniels 3). Blocks: Valley Center 1 (Niedens); Ark City 7 (Daniels 4). Turnovers: Valley Center 21, Ark City 18. Fouled out: Ruyle. Total fouls: Valley Center 17, Ark City 25.

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