Larks hang tough but lose to nationally ranked Cardinals

Hesston College women’s basketball traveled east to Parsons, Kan., and lost to Labette Community College Cardinals 97-71. Entering the game with an impressive 18-3 record and ranked #14 in the nation, Labette jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead; putting early pressure on the Larks. Hesston College responded with a few buckets of their own and trailed 19-12 after one quarter. The Cardinals’ full court press and high tempo offense caused problems for Hesston throughout the first half and Labette extended their lead to 47-31 at the break.

The Cardinals started to pull away, outscoring the Larks 26-12 in the third quarter, however the Larks didn’t throw in the towel putting up 29 points in the final quarter. Freshman point guard Connor Atkinson (Hutchinson, Kan.) and freshman forward Carissa Slabach (Newton, Kan.) scored 21 (career high) points in the loss. Even though it’s a loss for the Larks, putting up 70 points against a top 15 team in the nation is something to hang their hats on. “I’m pleased. We’re back to our old selves, and the Christmas break rust is gone.” Coach Jacobs said after the game. DeAnna Fletcher scored 20 points in the win for Labette.

The Cardinals, winning sixteen of their previous seventeen games, improve to 19-3 with the win, and will be expected to rise a couple spots from their current #14 national ranking. The loss extends the Larks losing streak to five with a 7-12 record.

Things won’t get any easier for the Larks as they return to Yost Center for their next game on Saturday, January 28 against another nationally ranked opponent. The Larks will welcome Region VI foe, #12 Johnson County Community College. The Cavaliers fell 79-74 in Parsons to to Labette last week. Tipoff from Hesston will be 1:30 p.m.