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.