Blue Devils use big second half to defeat Larks

After a competitive first half, Hesston College women’s basketball ran out of gas and fell 90-58 to Kansas City Kansas Community College Blue Devils at KCKCC Field House.

The Blue Devils opened up the game on a 9-0 run that was answered on a basket by freshman Natanya Harrison (Omaha, Neb.) at 5:56 left in the first quarter. Hesston College struggled to guard the perimeter early, as KCK scored all of their first quarter points behind the arc; taking a 21-9 first quarter lead.

Freshman point guard Connor Atkinson (Hutchinson, Kan.), who finished with 16 points, heated up in the second quarter scoring 11 points to make things interesting. After the Larks pulled within 30-26, the Blue Devils rattled off their own 7-0 run to lead 37-26 at the break. The Larks were unable to cut into the lead, as the Blue Devils scored 53 second half points to go on for the comfortable win. Atkinson (16 points) was the lone Lark in double digit scoring. Millie Shade scored 27 points in the victory for the Blue Devils.

“I’m pleased with our effort. Whitney Green in particular. She was tough!” Coach Jacobs commented. Green, a guard from Texarkana, Ark., finished with 8 points. After winning four of five games, the Larks have hit a rut, losing nine straight to fall to 7-15 on the season.

Things don’t get any easier for the Larks, as they travel to Highland (Kan.) Community College on Saturday to play the Scotties. Highland (21-3) is ranked #8 by the latest NJCAA- DII poll but will be expected to drop a spot or two following Wednesday’s 63-54 loss to #3 Johnson County. Tip off from Ben Allen Field House will be 1 p.m.