Lark women defeat Sterling JV, even record at 6-6

An 82-69 win over Sterling College Warriors JV Monday night extended the Lark women’s basketball win streak to three in a five-day span and evened their record at 6-6.

After steamrolling Cottey College at home to start their season, the Larks traveled to Cottey (Nevada, Mo.) and ran into a different team. The Comets exploded in the first half hitting threes left and right and pushed the Larks to their limit. At halftime the score was knotted at 34.

The second half was more of the same. Back and forth basketball and it came down to the last three seconds and the team who had the ball. Fortunately for Hesston, it was the Larks with possession. With the clock ticking down, Carissa Slabach hit a game winning three to seal the victory 72-71.

For second-year head coach Jeff Jacobs, this was his first road win. “The girls really deserve it, we’ve put in hard work,” said Jacobs.

Monday night the Larks were at home against the Sterling College Warriors JV. Hesston started in control, leading 10-2 after 3:15 in the first quarter, but the Warriors did not give up. They clawed back and with 5:25 left in the half took a 28-26 lead. Sterling added to their lead, stretching it to a seven-point advantage at the 2:35 mark in the second quarter.

Kara Horton started a Lark rally with an aggressive play at the rim, earning a trip to the foul line with 1:29 on the clock in the half. Horton made 1 of 2 from the line and solid defense allowed Whitney Green to be aggressive as well. She was fouled in the paint and hit both of her free throws. Connor Atkinson hit a three 11 seconds later, followed by a Green jump shot. With nine seconds left in the half, Horton hit a jump shot. The ensuing defensive trip saw a missed 3-pointer by the Warriors and a quick outlet to Kadrea Hulett saw the Larks go up 46-40 to end the half. This 11-0 run was what the Larks needed to propel themselves into halftime and give them the confidence to finish the game in the second half.

Green led the Larks on the night with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Also scoring in double digit points were Millaya Bray (14), Horton (14) and Atkinson (10) who also had 6 assists.

“It’s fun to be on a win streak,” said Coach Jacobs. “We can score, but need to play with more heart and rebound while playing tough D to keep in going.”

The Larks will play at MCC-Penn Valley (Kansas City, Mo.) on Thursday before returning to Yost Center on Saturday, December 9, to face Western Oklahoma State College at 1 p.m.