Women’s Basketball News Archive 2017-2018

Larks fall to Lions to end season

Hesston College women’s basketball dropped its final game of the season 99-52 on Saturday afternoon to Brown Mackie College College in Salina.

The Lions jumped out front 22-12 after the first quarter and outscored the Larks 32-10 in the second frame to take a comfortable 54-22 halftime lead. Brown Mackie cruised in the second half, as Hesston was unable to rally.

This was the final game for the Brown Mackie College women’s basketball program, as the college will close at the completion of academic year. The Larks finished their season 8-20, and 1-11 in Region VI play under first year head coach Jeff Jacobs.

“I’m disappointed with our lack of execution and defensive intensity. We didn’t resemble ourselves,” commented Coach Jacobs. The Larks were extremely young this winter and the program will have nine of 10 players slated to return to the 2017-18 roster.

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.

Greyhounds top Larks

The Hesston College women’s basketball team dropped a Region VI home game 63-50 to Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College Wednesday night at Yost Center.

The Larks got off to a sluggish start trailing the Greyhounds 15-8 after the first quarter. Fort Scott extended their lead to double digits and went into the locker room ahead 39-23.

As they have done all season, Hesston battled back. Trailing by 18 points, Hesston chipped away and brought the deficit to eight points when freshman guard Whitney Green (Texarkana, Ark.) sank two free throws. A bucket by freshman forward Kara Horton (Americas, Kan.) trimmed the lead to only four points at the end of the third quarter, the closest Hesston would get. The Larks ran out of gas in the final quarter and were outscored 25-14.

The Greyhounds’ full court press with high defensive pressure lead to a handful of Larks miscues and turnovers. “We can’t give up 28 offensive boards. I’m happy with our effort,” Head Coach Jeff Jacobs commented after the game. “At Fort Scott, the game was over at the half. We competed.” Green finished with 14 points for the Larks. Shanessia Walters scored a game high 17 points to carry Fort Scott.

Next up: The Larks will return to Yost Center on Saturday, February 18, to take on Labette Community College. Tipoff will be at 1:30 p.m..

Warriors hang on to beat Larks

The Hesston College women’s basketball team saw a 12-point second half lead slip away, losing on the road to Sterling (Kan.) College JV 78-73 Monday night at the Gleason Center.

The Larks started the first quarter shooting well and went up 13-3 on a basket by freshman Kara Horton (Americus, Kan.). Hesston continued a strong offensive output and led 23-18 after the quarter. The Larks outscored the Warriors 16-14 in the second frame and enjoyed a 39-32 advantage at the break.

Hesston’s big lead of 12 points in the third quarter (6:28), was whittled down as the Warriors started to rally. Sterling outscored the Larks 25-13 in the final quarter to hold on to beat Hesston.

Freshman point guard Connor Atkinson (Hutchinson, Kan.) led the Larks effort with 15 points. Mayda Stallbaumer (22 points) and Raegan Swiftwater (20 points) carried the load for the Warriors. The Warriors lived down low all night getting to the line 33 times, only converting 14. The Larks went 9 of 15 from the line, attempting almost 20 fewer free throws. Hesston also had a disadvantage on the glass being out-rebounded 48-30. “We were pounded on the boards. It was a very physical game and we didn’t respond,” Head Coach Jeff Jacobs commented.

The Larks have only four games remaining, and will need to pick up a couple more Region VI wins to have a chance at postseason play (8-16, 1-9).

Hesston hosts the Greyhounds of Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College on Wednesday, February 15. Tipoff from Yost Center will be 5:30 p.m.

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.

Brown Mackie College tops Hesston

The Hesston College women’s basketball team lost 74-62 to the visiting Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) Lions in their final trip to Hesston. BMC has announced the institution will be closing its doors at the end of the school year. The Larks started out brightly, opening the game up 7-2. The Lions then rattled off their own 19-2 run to take a 21-9 lead after the first quarter. Hesston picked up their scoring in the second quarter but still trailed by a dozen at the half as Brown Mackie led 41-29.

Things went back and fourth in the third quarter and the Larks still found themselves down 12 points after the third, 55-43. Hesston cut the lead to seven (70-63) with a few minutes remaining, but the Larks weren’t able to inch closer. Freshman point guard Connor Atkinson (Hutchinson, Kan.) scored a game high 24 points in the loss. Freshman guard Whitney Green (Texarkana, Ark) added 10.

Head Coach Jeff Jacobs sees room for improvement “I’m very disappointed with our effort. We don’t resemble the team I see in practice. I was happy with Haley [Unruh, freshman forward].” Unruh (Coldwater, Kan.), a middle hitter on the volleyball team playing in her first collegiate game, was active around the hoop scoring six points. The loss drops the Larks to 7-14 overall, as they look to snap their seven game losing streak.

Next up – Hesston College women’s basketball will travel to Kansas City, Kansas, on February 8. The Larks will take on the Blue Devils from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Hesston fell 78-44 last month. Tipoff from KCKCC Fieldhouse will be at 5:30 p.m.

Cavaliers drop Larks

Arielle Jackson scored 19 points, Tantashea Giger and Austin Richardson each scored 17 to help the lead the NJCAA #14 Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, Kan.) Cavaliers (20-2) past the Hesston College Larks 109-45.

The Cavaliers went up 29-8 after the first quarter and never looked back. Johnson County connected on seventeen 3-point baskets on their way to the comfortable win at Yost Center. Freshman point guard, Whitney Green (Texarkana, Ark.) and freshman forward Kara Horton (Americus, Kan.) were the two Larks players in double figures scoring 11 points against the much taller Cavaliers.

Hesston College women’s basketball will take on Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) next on Wednesday February 1. Tipoff will be at 5:30 from Yost Center in the schools’ final meeting as Brown Mackie College will close its doors at the end of this academic year.

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.

Larks fall to hot shooting Blue Devils

Hesston College women’s basketball dropped a 78-44 decision to the visiting Kansas City Kansas Community College Blue Devils Tuesday night at Yost Center.

The Blue Devils jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead to open the game, and took a 19-10 advantage over the Larks after the first quarter. KCK made quick work of the Larks scoring down low and also from range outscoring Hesston College 23-10 in the second quarter, including a buzzer beating half court shot by Ky’ana French giving the Blue Devils a comfortable lead at halftime 42-20.

The Blue Devils started the third period with a 13-0 scoring run, that was eventually ended by a three pointer from freshman point guard Connor Atkinson (Hutchinson, Kan.). Hesston, unable to shake a cold shooting first half, were held to five points in the third quarter, and closed the quarter trailing 59-26.

“We played very uninspired basketball until the fourth quarter,” head coach Jeff Jacobs commented following the game. “Highland will be better.”

Connor Atkinson (Hutchinson, Kan.) connected on four three pointers on the way to 14 points and freshman guard Shea Headrick (Cheraw, Colo.) chipped in 12 in the loss. Brooklyn Wagler scored a game high 21 points in the win for KCKCC.

The Blue Devils, ranked as high as #9 nationally this year, moved to 11-5 overall with the win. The loss drops Hesston College to 7-9.

The Larks look to end a three-game skid as they play back-to-back nights hosting Region VI foe Highland Community College Wednesday night. Tipoff from Yost Center will be at 5:30.

Larks fall to Bulldogs to open 2017

The Hesston College women’s basketball team returned to the court after nearly a month off and fell 80-69 to McPherson College JV at the MC Sports Center in McPherson. Their last game came in Hesston on December 10, 2016; a 122-58 loss to Northwest Kansas Tech.

With the win the Bulldogs even up the series with the Larks, as Hesston College defeated McPherson JV 78-62 November 21 at Yost Center.

Freshman point guard Connor Atkinson (Hutchinson, Kan.) led the way in a losing effort, scoring 24 points, 18 in the first half. Freshman forward Carissa Slabach (Newton, Kan.) added 13 points, and freshman guard Whitney Green (Texarkana, Ark.) chipped in 11. Amanda Allen’s 27 points (game high) helped pave the way for the Bulldogs.

“They played three of their varsity starters against us, so it was a different team from the first time we played them,” Head Coach Jeff Jacobs commented after the game. “We played hard, but their size got the better of us.”

Hesston College women’s basketball dips to 7-8 overall, as they head into a tough stretch of the second half schedule. The Larks will host Kansas City Kansas Community College Saturday, January 14, at Yost Center. Tipoff is 1:30 p.m.

Atkinson free throws the difference as Larks edge Comets

Freshman point guard Connor Atkinson (Hutchinson, Kan.) connected on three free throws in the final 30 seconds to help lead the Hesston College women’s basketball team past the Cottey College Comets, 71-69.

The Larks had a nice shooting first quarter and took a 16-13 advantage over the Comets into the break. Cottey College responded with a 13-0 run to begin the second and a 26-16 lead. Hesston College crept back into contention with consecutive baskets and trailed only by one point, 35-34 at halftime.

A back and forth third quarter saw the Larks go in front 50-48 with a three-point basket at the end of the quarter by Connor Atkinson. The fourth quarter saw the Comets sneak ahead by two points, 68-66, with under two minutes remaining, before Atkinson converted 3 of 4 free throw attempts down the stretch.

Hesston was paced by Atkinson and freshman forward Kara Horton (Americus, Kan.) who each scored 16 points. Freshman guard Reva Smith (Nowata, Okla.) added 11 for the Larks. Hesston split the series with the Comets, as Cottey College defeated the Larks 67-41 in Nevada, Mo., last month.

“We allowed Cottey College to force us into their slowed down game. Once we sped up and executed our offense, we pulled out the win,” coach Jeff Jacobs commented after the game.

The Larks will begin Region VI play with a home game Saturday, December 10, vs. Northwest Kansas Tech (Goodland). Tip off against the Mustangs will be 2 p.m. from Yost Center.

Larks stumble late, fall to Raiders

The Hesston College women’s basketball team traveled to Columbus, Neb., Sunday, but lost at Raider Fieldhouse on the campus of Central Community College 99-84. The Raiders took a 31-20 advantage after the first quarter, and led 50-31 at halftime. A hot shooting Larks in the third quarter allowed them to storm back and take a 74-71 edge into the fourth quarter. The shots weren’t dropping and defensive play loosened as Central Community College outscored Hesston College 28-10 in final frame to hold on for the win.

Freshman forward Kara Horton (Americus, Kan.) had a big game for the Larks scoring 25 points to go with 11 rebounds. Hesston had problems guarding the Raiders’ Teisha Snyder, who had a hot hand, leading all scorers with 37 points.

“We were ahead going into the fourth quarter, then they started hitting threes,” head coach Jeff Jacobs said following the game. “We let it slip away.”

With the loss, the Larks drop to 6-6 overall. They return to Hesston for a Tuesday, December 6, game vs. Cottey College (Nevada, Mo.) The Larks fell on the road to the Comets 67-41 November 5. Tipoff from Yost Center on Tuesday will be 7 p.m.

Big second quarter pushes Larks past Threshers

Hesston College women’s basketball outscored Bethel College JV 27-11 in the second quarter, running away from the visiting Threshers 74-62.

After leading 17-16 at the end of the first quarter, Hesston College connected on five three-point baskets in the second, racing out to a 20 point lead with a 25-8 scoring run. Freshman point guard Connor Atkinson (Hutchinson, Kan.) led the charge with 16 first half points, finishing with 18. Hesston College took a 44-27 edge into halftime. The second half saw steady play from the Larks, as Bethel was only able to get within 12 points after a 5-0 run in fourth quarter.

Freshman forwards Kara Horton (Americus, Kan.) and Carissa Slabach (Newton, Kan.) added 14 and 12, respectively. Freshman guard Reva Smith (Nowata, Okla.) scored 11. The Threshers were led by Karlie Schroeder’s game high 23 points.

The win evens the Larks record at 5-5 and avenges the season opening loss to Bethel JV. The loss drops the Threshers to 2-4.

Hesston College women’s basketball will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 26, when they take on Southeast Community College of Beatrice, Neb. The Larks fell on the road to the Storm 74-62 on Nov. 12. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

Larks rally to beat Storm

The Hesston College women’s basketball team shrugged off a slow start to come back and defeat the visiting Southeast Community College (Beatrice, Neb.) Storm 80-78. The Larks were unable to find their offensive flow in the first half, trailing by 10 points midway through the second quarter. Hesston was able to chip away at the Storm lead, only trailing 42-39 at halftime. The Larks drastically improved their 25% shooting from the field in the second half.

Hesston started finding their rhythm and eventually took a four-point lead, 63-59, going into the final frame. A layup by freshman forward Carissa Slabach (Newton, Kan.) pushed the Hesston lead to 63-54, their largest of the half at 9.

A back and forth final quarter saw the Larks convert a few clutch free throws to seal the win. After an inbounds play led to a technical foul called on the Storm, with the Larks trailing 78-77, freshman point guard Connor Atkinson (Hutchinson, Kan.) made two throws and the Larks were awarded possession. Atkinson converted 1 of 2 free throws on a subsequent foul to push the Lark lead to 80-78. The Storm had a final chance as they pushed the ball up the court, but missed a deep shot as time expired.

In her usual style, Atkinson made several key shots including five three-pointers, finishing with 21 points to lead Hesston College. Coach Jacobs received balanced scoring as three other players finished in double figures. Freshman forward Kara Horton (Americus, Kan.) scored 18 points going 12 of 13 from the free throw line. Slabach finished with 15 points, and freshman center Netanya Harrison (Omaha, Neb.) added 11. Ja’yla Brown was a force inside for Southeast, scoring a game high 23 points.

“We played like we practice, very hard,” coach Jeff Jacobs commented after the game. “It was very physical and we fought back and got them frustrated. The fourth quarter charge Aleena (Cook) took for us was the game changer.”

Hesston College women’s basketball looks for their fourth straight win on Dec. 3 at Union College (Lincoln, Neb.). Tipoff is 8 p.m.

Big fourth quarter carries Larks past McPherson

Hesston College women’s basketball, trailing by three points late in the third quarter, outscored the visiting Bulldogs 28-9 in final frame to win 78-62 at Hesston College on Monday evening.

After a slow shooting first few minutes, the Larks carried a 18-12 lead after the first quarter. The Bulldogs responded with an 11-0 run that was eventually halted by a baseline jumper from freshman Reva Smith (Nowata, Okla.) regaining the lead at 23-22 for the Larks. Both teams were content to defend in a 2-3 zone all evening, giving up long jump shots. McPherson connected on a pair of deep three point baskets late in the second quarter to take a 38-35 halftime lead.

The Larks used a 10-0 run to open up the third quarter when a steal turned into a fast break lay up and free throw converted by freshman point guard Connor Atkinson (Hutchinson, Kan.) put the Larks ahead 45-38. The Bulldogs’ Savanah Stanley kept her team close, scoring 11 of McPherson’s 15 points in the quarter as the Bulldogs took a slim one point lead at 51-50.

The Larks took control in the fourth quarter and cruised to a comfortable 78-62 victory. Hesston was led by Whitney Green’s (Texarkana, Ark.) 22 points. Connor Atkinson added 19 and freshman forward Carissa Slabach (Newton, Kan.) chipped in 17 in the win.

“We played the fourth quarter like we practice and our conditioning wore them down. It was a nice win for us,” Coach Jacobs commented.

With the victory, Hesston moves to 4-5 with two big home games this weekend. Hesston College women’s basketball will return to action Friday, November 25, for a 6 p.m. tipoff vs. the Bethel College Threshers JV.