Hesston storms back to earn first-round playoff win

The Hesston College women’s basketball team advanced to the second round of the NJCAA Region VI tournament following a thrilling 80-70 win over Kansas City Kansas Community College on Saturday, March 2.

Down by as many as 16 in the first half, the Larks turned up the defensive pressure and held a 36-34 lead at the break. That same pressure rarely relented in the final 20 minutes, as Hesston’s defensive tenacity was on full display. 

Sophomore Destavia Davis (Nacogdoches, Texas) led the way with 23 points. Nikkita Lester (Colorado Springs) added 13, while Kelli Christenson (Dayton, Ore.) and Makayla Ladwig (Wichita, Kan.) scored 10 apiece.

The Larks travel to Johnson County CC (Overland Park, Kan.) on Tues., March 5 for a second-round matchup against the Scotties.