BENTON -- The Kelly Lady Hawks romped to a 65-22 home win over the Charleston Lady Jays on Monday.
Nine Charleston turnovers in the first quarter helped stake the Hawks to a 12-4 lead, which could have been worse but for poor shooting from the field and the free-throw line.
Kelly (11-6) missed at least four wide-open layups and went 2-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Charleston (1-13) cut down its turnover rate -- four in the second period -- but still found trouble putting the ball in the hole.
"They had a few turnovers early and then they called a few timeouts and made some adjustments," said Kelly coach Rod McQuerter.
Meanwhile, Kelly picked it up on the offensive end with 21 points to extend its lead to 33-10 at the half. The Hawks opened the quarter with a 10-0 run.
Freshman Phillicia Turner, who tallied half of Charleston's 10, broke the streak with a trey. Turner led the Jays with eight points overall.
"Let's give Charleston credit," said McQuerter. "They have a young group of girls and they played hard and they played physical. Their freshmen and sophomores are really putting forth the effort."
Scoring balance was the key for the Hawks with 11 players reaching the scoring column. Debra Hall's 12 and Nikki Weiny's 11, nine in the first half, topped the chart.
"I was proud of our girls," McQuerter said. "They came out tonight, during Homecoming Week, and kept the intensity up with a positive attitude. That's the one thing that I can say about this team, all 16 girls that played tonight had a very positive attitude."
Charleston put up its highest quarter score in the third with eight points. A second Turner 3-pointer and three points from Kariah Simpson paced the Jays.
But, in similar fashion to the second quarter, the Hawks opened with an 8-2 run, then pushed the margin to 37 at 55-18 as the third quarter expired.
With the bench cleared and the mercy clock running, the Hawks closed out the game with a 10-4 edge in the fourth quarter.
Charleston visits Oran on Thursday.