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Spartan women split weekend openers

Creston’s Baker nets 19 points in two games

Brielle Baker
Brielle Baker

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The Southwestern Community College women’s basketball team went 1-1 in its season-opening trip to the Johnson County Classic over the weekend.

The No. 8-ranked Johnson County Lady Cavaliers opened the season with a 95-51 home victory oer the Spartans. As a team, Johnson County shot 48.6% from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range, far above Southwestern’s accuracy in the season’s first game.

Southwestern shot only 31% from the field and 3 of 19 (15.8%) from 3-point range. It was not a case of turnovers hampering the Spartans, who fell behind 31-8 in the first quarter. Johnson County actually had more turnovers (16) than the Spartans’ 12.

“We had great looks at the rim, but the shots just didn’t go in for us,” said Southwestern coach Bryan Austin. “When you shoot 31 percent from the field and 15 percent from three, that’s not going to win a whole lot of ballgames.”

Austin said Johnson County opened up a big lead early with several productive fast breaks.

“We gave up some open layups. We weren’t getting back in transition well,” Austin said. “A lot of that was in the first quarter. Once we started playing a little bit, we were OK. But we were already so far in the hole.”

After the 31-8 opening period, Johnson County had a 24-21 edge in the second quarter to take a 55-29 halftime lead.

Guard Eden Billups-Campbell and freshman Brielle Baker of Creston each scored 10 points for the Spartans. Center Simone Jordan had eight points and six rebounds.

The Spartans rebounded with a better effort Saturday in a 67-51 victory over Fort Scott Community College. Sophomore transfer guard Samantha Hagedorn scored 13 points and Jordan improved her shooting from Friday with a double-double — 13 points and 14 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.

Baker contributed nine points and five rebounds in a starting role.

The Spartans made only 2 of 19 3-pointers in shooting 38.4% from the field, but the defense was strong enough to overcome another cool night from the field.

“A win is a win and we’ll take it,” Austin said. “We played much better overall, a lot more relaxed. We did a better job of running our sets and getting to the basket. Sckiya Banister was attacking the basket and got to the free throw line eight times.”

Sophomore point guard Kayela Willis finished with eight points, four rebounds and three assists in a good overall effort, Austin noted.

Meghan Allen, the transfer 6-foot-2 center projected to be a force inside for the Spartans, did not appear in either game. Austin said she is recovering from a foot injury and may get back on the court this week.

Southwestern women play their home opener at 5:30 p.m. today (Tuesday) against Grand View JV before traveling to Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa for two games. SWCC plays the host team Friday and Northern Oklahoma College-Enid on Saturday.

The Spartans will face Johnson County for a second time at home on Nov. 26. Another stern test awaits on Nov. 15 at the Kansas City Community College Classic when the Spartans take on Kansas City CC, which is No. 1 in the nation on the first NJCAA Division II rankings.

FRIDAY

SWCC (51) — 8 21 9 13

JCCC (95) — 31 24 16 24

SOUTHWESTERN (FG FT PTS) — Totals — 20 8-15 51. Eden Billups-Campbell 4 2-6 10, Brielle Baker 4 0-0 10, Simone Jordan 4 0-1 8, Kaylynn Tucker 3 2-2 8, Scklya Banister 3 0-0 6, Kayela Willis 2 0-0 5, Whynter Waterhouse-Brennan 0 4-6 4. 3-point goals (3) — Baker 2, Willis 1. FG shooting — 20-64 (31.3%). Rebounds — 21 (Jordan 6, Waterhouse-Brennan 4, Baker 3, Tucker 3). Assists — 8 (Tucker 3, Billups-Campbell 2). Steals — 7 (Tamara Ellis 3). Turnovers — 12. Team fouls — 16. Fouled out — None.

JOHNSON COUNTY (FG FT PTS) — Totals — 35 14-23 95. Dallie Hoskinson 8 3-5 20, Christen Curry 4 3-4 12, Jaylen Townsend 5 0-0 12, Krystal Rice 3 3-4 11, LaJahada Boyland 4 2-3 10, KK Jackson-Morris 3 0-1 8, Amber Ketterihg 2 0-0 6, Le’Yanna McGinnis 2 2-2 6, Taniyah Henry 2 1-2 5, Gabby Fuller 2 0-0 5. FG shooting — 35-782 (48.6%). 3-point goals (11) — Rice 2, Jackson-Morris 2, Townsend 2, Kettering 2, Hoskinson 1, Curry 1, Fuller 1. Rebounds — 57 (Boyland 14, Hoskinson 9, Townsend 5, Henry 5, McGinnis 5, Rice 4, Curry 4). Assists — 21 (Hoskinson 9, Townsend 3). Steals — 6 (Hoskinson 2). Blocked shots — 2 (Hoskinson 1, Jackson-Morris 1). Turnovers — 16. Team fouls — 15. Fouled out — None.

SATURDAY

FSCC (51) — 6 12 14 19

SWCC (67) — 18 17 20 12

FORT SCOTT (FG FT PTS) — Totals — 16 13-16 51. Amber Covington 6 4-6 17, Kelsie Mahone 5 0-0 13, Mariah McKinney 2 7-8 12, Destiny Ellis 2 2-2 6, Kaylan Cook 1 0-0 3. 3-point goals (6) — Mahone 3, McKinney 1, Covington 1, Cook 1. FG shooting — 16-62 (25.8%). Rebounds — 36 (McKinney 11, Covington 9, Ellis 9). Assists — 9 (McKinney 4). Steals — 4 (McKinney 2). Turnovers — 15. Team fouls — 13. Fouled out — None.

SOUTHWESTERN (FG FT PTS) — Totals — 28 9-15 67. Samantha Hagedorn 6 0-1 13, Simone Jordan 5 2-4 12, Brielle Baker 3 2-2 9, Kayela Willis 4 0-0 8, Whynter Waterhouse-Brennan 4 0-0 8, Scklya Banister 1 5-8 7, Eden Billups-Campbell 3 0-0 6, Kaylynn Tucker 2 0-0 4. FG shooting — 28-73 (38.4%). 3-point goals (2) — Baker 1, Hagedorn 1. Rebounds — 44 (Jordan 14, Billups-Campbell 5, Baker 5, Tuker 5, Hagedorn 4, Willis 4). Assists — 13 (Willis 3, Hagedorn 3, Billups-Campbell 3). Steals — 6 (Jordan 2). Turnovers — 12. Team fouls — 17. Fouled out — None.

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