Blossoms lose in overtime contest against Henderson 75-70


The University of Arkansas at Monticello Cotton Blossoms began Great American Conference play this week, first travelling to Russellville to face the Golden Suns of Arkansas Tech on Thursday, December 1. 

After tying the contest at two with 8:37 remaining in the first quarter, the Golden Suns would go on a 14-0 run to take a 16-2 lead. 

The Blossoms would chip away at the lead to end the quarter trailing by six points, 23-17.

Arkansas Tech would lead back to double-digits for the majority of the second quarter to take a 11 point, 35-24, lead at the half.

The Golden Suns would continue to lead by double-digits throughout the third quarter, ending the quarter with their biggest lead of the contest to this point of 21 points for a 59-38 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Blossoms would chip away at the Arkansas Tech lead in the fourth quarter, cutting the advantage to six points, 69-63, after a pair of free throws by Bailey Harris, however the Golden Suns would score the six points of the contest to take the 75-63 victory.

Leading the way for the Blossoms was Alindsey Long with 20 points, connecting on 6 of 10 from beyond the three-point arc. Joi Montigomery and Nyah Banks also scored in double-digits for the Blossoms with 10 points each.

Bailey Harris added nine points, Azaria Hulbert with seven, Cyarah Kensmil with four, and Aeryn Hawkins rounding out the scoring with three points. 

The Blossoms would return to Steelman Fieldhouse on Saturday, December 3, for their first home GAC contest of the season, hosting the Henderson State Lady Reddies.

The Blossoms would hold the lead in the first quarter of the contest for the majority of the time period with their largest lead being nine points on two separate occasions in the quarter.

At the end of the quarter, UAM would hold a six point, 22-16, advantage.

The Blossoms would hold their lead throughout the second quarter, increasing the lead to 15 points with 4:12 remaining in the half. 

Henderson would cut the lead to eight points before the conclusion of the quarter with the Blossoms taking a 34-26 advantage into the halftime break.

The third quarter did not fare well for the Blossoms as Henderson’s Bobbi Bazzle would connect on a layup that would spark an 11-0 run to give the Lady Reddies a 50-49 lead., the first Henderson lead since the first quarter. 

After exchanging the lead, the Blossoms would hold a one point, 54-53, lead heading into the fourth quarter. 

In the fourth, Henderson would hold a three-point lead after connecting in a pair of technical foul shots with 1:03 remaining in the contest.

Joi Montigomery would get a layup and foul to tie the contest at 67 as regulation ended to send the game to overtime. 

In the overtime period, Henderson would take the lead for good with 2:51 remaining and would go on to seal the 75-50 win. 

Joi Montgomery led the Blossoms with 20 points followed by Alindsey Long and Bailey Harris with 11, and Aeryn Hawkins with 10.

Azaria Hulbert added eight, Cyarah Kensmil with six, and Nyah Banks with four.

With the loss, the Blossoms fall to 2-5 on the season after dropping three straight, and are currently 0-2 in Great American Conference play.