The Helena-West Helena Central Lady Cougars (11-2, 7-2) lost a nail-biter to Dumas on a put-back with 10 seconds remaining in the game 56-55 while the Cougars (6-8,4-5), being led by Assistant Coach Ronnie Shepherd for the second consecutive game in the absence of Coach Willie Jackson, took their worst loss of the season against the Bobcats 57-40.

The Helena-West Helena Central Lady Cougars (11-2, 7-2) lost a nail-biter to Dumas on a put-back with 10 seconds remaining in the game 56-55 while the Cougars (6-8,4-5), being led by Assistant Coach Ronnie Shepherd for the second consecutive game in the absence of Coach Willie Jackson, took their worst loss of the season against the Bobcats 57-40.

The Lady Bobcats and Central battled back and forth all night long. Central took its first lead of the game with 3:06 to go in the first quarter when Janaija Harvey hit a 3-point shot to put Helena-West Helena up 10-9. After Dumas hit a couple of shots, Harvey hit another 3- pointer to tie the game at 13-13. Kevonshaye Stackhouse scored just before the end of the quarter and the Lady Cougars led 15-13 at the end of the first.

Dumas opened the second quarter on a 10-1 run. Stackhouse ended the drought by getting Central its first field goal of the quarter with 4:12 to go to make the score 23-18. That sparked a 9-2 run for the Lady Cougars and after Stackhouse hit a free throw with 3.8 seconds to go in the first half, the game was tied at 27-27.

The two teams slugged it out the rest of the night. Dumas built a 6-point lead at 41-35 with 1:19 to go in the third quarter, but Harvey hit two,3-point shots before the end of the period and the Lady Bobcats only led Helena-West Helena by two at 43-41 at the end of the third.

The Lady Cougars streaked to a 3-point lead at 46-43 to start the final stanza after Stackhouse hit two free throws with 6:12 to go in the game. Helena-West Helena took its biggest lead of the game at 53-47 when Alexandria Sanders went 2 for 2 from the free throw line with 2:56 to go in the game.

With 1:53 to go, Dumas missed a free throw but got a critical rebound and put-back to cut the lead to two at 53-51.

With 34 seconds to go in the game, the Lady Cougars turned the ball over on an inbounds pass and the Lady Bobcats hit a three to retake the lead at 54-53. But the Lady Cougars answered. Stackhouse drove to the goal and drew a foul and nailed both free throws to go back in front 55-54 before the Lady Bobcats got a rebound on the ensuing possession to get the win.

Stackhouse led the way for the Lady Cougars with 28 points. Harvey added 17.

The Cougars stayed close to the Bobcats for a quarter with Michael Boone and Malik Moore scoring all of the points for Central in the opening eight minutes of action. At the start of the second, Dumas only led 12-11.

However, the Bobcats opened the second quarter on a 12-1 run. The Cougars didn’t hit a shot from the floor in the second period until Boone hit a three with 3:14 remaining in the first half. By the intermission, the Bobcats led by 11 at 31-20.

After the Cougars got the first four points of the second half to cut the lead to 31-24, Dumas held the Cougars to only three points over the next 6:46 and led 46-27 at the end of the third before coasting to the 17-point win.

Boone led the way for the Cougars with 13 points.

The Cougars return to the hardwood tonight with a road trip to take on the Marianna Trojans. The Jr. High game will start at 5 p.m.