Larks start strong, fall to #14 Labette

Hesston College women’s basketball lost 72-51 to Labette Community College Saturday afternoon on Sophomore night. The Larks jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead, forcing the Cardinals into some tough shots and empty possessions. Labette, 23-4 and ranked #14 in NJCAA, answered with a 15-3 run to end the quarter leading 17-12.  

It was a slow second quarter for the Larks as they saw the Cardinals extend their lead to double digits; leading 34-24 at halftime. The Larks added 12 and the Cardinals 14 in a defensive third quarter as the Cardinals enjoyed a dozen point lead at 48-36. Labette went on a 7-0 run and outscored the Larks 23-15 in the final frame to go on to win at Yost Center. Freshman point guard, Whitney Green (Texarkana, Ark.) notched 15 points and freshman forward Kara Horton (Americas, Kan.) added 9. Deana Fletcher scored 20 points for Labette. 

“We played hard, held our own on the boards. Just shot poorly,” Head Coach Jeff Jacobs commented following the game. The Larks acknowledged their only sophomore on the roster before the game, Tina Schmidt, a shooting guard from Salem, Oregon, who started for the first time this season. “I’m honored to be Tina’s coach.” 

Hesston College will look for another win to secure the final spot in Region VI postseason play. Six out of seven teams advance, with Hesston College holding a one-game lead over Brown Mackie (Salina) College. The Larks will face the Lions in Salina in their final game of the regular season.

Next up: The Larks will face off with one of the top teams in the country on Wednesday February 22. Hesston travels to Overland Park to take on #3 Johnson County (24-2). Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.