PRAIRIE GROVE -- Pea Ridge (18-4, 9-2) overcame foul trouble with senior Blakelee Winn scoring 10 points in a balanced effort to defeat Prairie Grove, 65-38, in 4A-1 girls basketball action Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Prairie Grove (7-13, 2-9) played aggressive early deflecting the ball out twice before Ella Faulk stole away Pea Ridge's opening possession. Kenleigh Elder ended the Lady Blackhawks' second possession with a steal and quickly found Trinity Dobbs with the outlet. Dobbs pushed the ball and found Faulk going in for a layup.
Dobbs blocked a shot by Pea Ridge and Zoe Hubbs rebounded to start the game with three-straight defensive stops by Prairie Grove before the visitors found their offense and jumped ahead 7-2 on Ravin Cawthon's putback. Another fine Lady Tiger defensive play negated a made 3-pointer by drawing a charging foul. Dobbs' old-fashioned 3-point play made it a two-point game.
Cawthon drained a trey, then the Lady Tigers got a break with Blakelee reaching in drawing her second personal while guarding Dobbs. She subbed out and Dobbs banked a shot off-the-glass while driving the lane bringing the Lady Tigers within, 10-7, at the 2:24 mark of the first quarter.
"We were down three and had a good scenario. Their best player (Winn) was in foul trouble. The next thing you know we were down by 10, but that's the mark of a good team," said Prairie Grove coach Kevin Froud.
Pea Ridge then scored the last 7 points and led 17-7 after one period, which saw a combined 20 players take the court for both teams. Froud inserted 11 different Lady Tigers into the first quarter lineup and Pea Ridge played nine.
Pea Ridge increased its lead with a 10-3 run midway through the second, but Prairie Grove managed to stay within 30-16 at halftime before the Lady Blackhawks produced a 22-7 surge in the third quarter effectively taking control with a 52-22 lead.
The Lady Blackhawks had five players score at least 7 points with freshman Leah Telgemeier leading the team with 13. Telgemeier hit two 3-pointers and junior Lauren Wright added another, but the majority of Pea Ridge's points came on drives to the basket.
"We didn't really get the chance to run a whole lot of sets because of the pace of play they (Prairie Grove) set. They pressed us a lot," said Pea Ridge coach Heath Neal. "I like to play fast, but to play fast you got to make shots."
Led by Trinity Dobbs' 19 points, the Lady Tigers didn't go away quietly outscoring Pea Ridge 15-13 in the fourth, but couldn't make up any ground.
Pea Ridge 65, Prairie Grove 38
Prairie Grove (7-13, 2-9): Trinity Dobbs 6 7-10 19, Olivia Kestner 3 0-0 6, Arianna Harrel 1 2-2 5, Torie Price 1 0-0 3, Ella Faulk 1 1-2 3, Zoe Hubbs 0 2-2 2. Totals 12 12-16 38.
Pea Ridge (18-4, 9-2): Leah Telgemeier 5 0-1 13, Blakelee Winn 3 4-4 10, Aiden Dayberry 4 0-1 9, Hayley West 3 2-2 8, Isabella Cates 2 2-2 7, Ravin Cawthon 3 0-0 7, Lauren Wright 2 0-0 5, Sydney Spears 1 0-0 2, Jordyn Allison 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 8-10 65.
3-Point Goals -- Prairie Grove 2 (Harrel, Price), Pea Ridge 7 (Telgemeier 3, Dayberry, Wright, Cates, Cawthorn).
Rebounds -- Prairie Grove 31, Pea Ridge 28. Assists -- Prairie Grove 0, Pea Ridge 16. Steals -- Prairie Grove 7, Pea Ridge 13. Blocks -- Prairie Grove 2, Pea Ridge 2. Turnovers -- Prairie Grove xx.