When Free Throws Count The Most

Teuana Smith, Sports Reporter

Henderson State was one shot away from winning the game against the University of Arkansas in Monticello but ended with HSU’s first home loss with a final score of 62-64. Henderson started an intense first quarter with Pink Jones, Karrington Whaley, and Hailey Estes putting up shots giving us a 15-8 lead. 


UAM came back with vengeance scoring nine more points within five minutes of the second quarter. Nevertheless, the Reddies pressed on. Multiple players put up efforts to gain back the lead. Estes and Ashley Farrar shot vital three-pointers towards the end of the first half bringing UAM’s lead to just two points 25-27. 


In the third quarter, both teams were driving back and forth down the court, exchanging points. This gave HSU the energy it needed to prepare for the fierce battle in the last quarter. 


The Reddies gave up a four-point lead with about five minutes left in the game 53-49. Both teams tied a total of six times in the second half, boiling down to 61-61 with forty-three seconds left. The Boll Weevils pushed forward by a free throw shot by Berniezha Tidwell giving her sixteen points and seven assists. 


“We were definitely trying to keep the ball out of number ones [Tidwell] hands…trying to make her pass it more because she’s pretty deadly,” said Lani Snowden, Senior guard.


In the hindsight of this fall, two HSU players achieved double-doubles. Whaley had twelve points and eleven rebounds, Estes got ten points and twelve rebounds. Finally, Senior Guard Pink Jones led the team with thirteen points. 


The next game will be on Thursday, Feb.13 as our resilient Reddies face OBU at their home court at 5:30 p.m. for BOTR Part 2.