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Spartan women struggle in home loss

Southwestern Community College's women's basketball team fell in conference action Wednesday to visiting Southeastern Community College 65-53.

The Spartan offense looked clunky throughout large segments of the night, with only brief spurts of productivity.

Keaundra Washington knocked down three triples for nine points, Demir Alford showed flashes of her improved offensive skills. Her minutes have gone up as she has gotten healthier. Maleika Carter added eight points.

“It was good to see her (Alford) get some offense going," Southwestern coach Addae Houston said. "She has struggled here since she returned to us from injury. It was good to see her hit some shots and hopefully that will give her some confidence and she will be able to play that way for the rest of the season.”

Washington's two second-quarter triples helped pull Southwestern within two points at 22-20, but the Blackhawks went on a 15-3 run to go up 37-23.

Eriayana Frazier and Maleika Carter scored buckets to make the deficit nine at the half.

Southwestern put together another run with Alford leading the way to pull the Spartans back within three.

The Blackhawks, still looking nowhere near as strong as they did offensively in the first quarter, did enough to put distance between themselves and the Spartans.

The Spartans played much of the night with a second group off the bench playing for long stretches of time.

“When I brought that other group in they gave effort, they were executing and you saw the difference in the score. We rallied back and it was a close game," Houston said.

Sophomore Andrea McClary, who had hoped to play this season in the days leading up to Wednesday after rehabbing a leg injury for much of the season, will not be able to play this season due to an eligibility issue.

UP NEXT — Southwestern (14-11, 3-6) will play host to Ellsworth (9-15, 1-8) Saturday at 1 p.m.

SECC — Totals — 27 4-4 65, Scoring — Watiana Franklin 19, Alexis Harris 15, Nadirah Oakman 13, Anika Galindo 11, Kennedy Williams 7.

SWCC— Totals — 16 9-15 53, Scoring – Demir Alford 9, Keaundra Washington 8, Maleika Carter 8 Yaasmyn Spivey 6, Fallyn Beemer 6, Julanie Carter 5, Eriayana Frazier 5, Chelsi Sams 3, Tia Bailey 2. 3-pt. goals — 10 (Washington 3, Alford 2, Beemer 2, three with one).

SECC (65) 17 20 10 18

SWCC (53) 14 14 12 13

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