Dominant Lady Texans prepare for strong conference play

After dominating the beginning of the season, the South Plains College women’s basketball team is entering competitive conference play.

With a team consisting of mainly freshmen, the No. 16 Lady Texans powerhouse had strung together a 10-game winning streak.

The Lady Texans were defeated by Midland College 58-55 on Nov. 29 in Midland at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center in their Western Junior College Athletic Association opener.

The Lady Texans struggled to find offensive production through the first half, scoring one point in the first quarter and only 15 points in the second.

Throughout the second half, SPC started to string together points, scoring 21in the third quarter and finishing the fourth with 18 points.

Although the Lady Texans gained momentum going down to the wire, Midland College was able hold the lead while trading baskets before the final buzzer.

Freshman guard Gabbie Green led the Lady Texan offense with 15 points, five rebounds and one assist.

IMG_2387Freshman guard Chelsea Hunter chipped in 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The Lady Texans topped Colorado Northwestern Community College 78-46 on Nov. 21 in Rangely, Colorado.

SPC opened the game with 21 points in the first quarter.

The Spartans were held to 13 points in the first quarter and only managed to put up 11 points offensively in the second quarter.

Scoring 26 points in the second quarter, the Lady Texans went into halftime with momentum on their side and a comfortable 47-24 lead.

The Lady Texans didn’t slow down, scoring 18 points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth quarter.

The SPC defense ensured their victory in the third quarter by holding the Spartans to only five points. With the lack of offensive production in the fourth quarter from Colorado Western, SPC held on to a comfortable lead.
Green led the Lady Texans with 17 points, one rebound and three assists, while freshman guard La’Praisjah Johnson put up 15 points, five rebounds and one assist.

Freshman Mikayla Kuehne finished the game with 10 points, two rebounds and six steals.

The Lady Texans defeated the West Texas Drive 64-59 on Nov. 19 at the Texan Dome.

After overcoming a double-digit deficit in the second half, the Lady Texans took over the offensive side of the court. Freshman forward Christina Baker and freshman guard Mikayla Kuehne each made a pair of threes to tie the game at 57 points with 2:36 left in regulation play.

With a few minutes left in the game, Kuehne put up a three-pointer to put SPC up 60-57. Freshman guard Chelsea Hunter came through for the Lady Texans, making two free-throws to keep the lead, while Kuehne iced the game with a game-ending two-point shot.

Baker led the Lady Texans with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman guard Gabbie Green finished the game with 10 points and four rebounds.

The Lady Texans gained their eighth victory against Phoenix College, 86-53, on Nov. 18 at the Texan Dome.

The Lady Texans controlled the floor, scoring at least 18 points a quarter and holding the Lady Bears under 15 points a quarter.

Kuehne led SPC with a career-high 28 points, along with three assists and five rebounds.

Freshman guard Alexis Popham finished the night with 12 points and four rebounds. Baker also put up 12 points and seven rebounds.

SPC imposed their defensive skill against the Lady Bears, forcing 29 turnovers.

The Lady Texans hit the 100-point mark for the second time this season with a 104-31 victory over Chandler-Gilbert Community College on Nov. 17 at the Texan Dome.

Kuehne led the SPC offense with 25 points, adding four assists and three rebounds.

Freshman guard Chantel Govan put up 17 points against the Lady Coyotes. Baker also scored 15 points and had two rebounds. Johnson chipped in 14 points and also had three rebounds and two assists.

The SPC defense allowed nine points or less in all four quarters, ensuring a dominant victory.

SPC forced 25 turnovers, while shooting 57 percent from the field and 66 percent beyond the three-point line.

The Lady Texans kept their undefeated streak at home as they defeated SWCID, 122-36, on Nov. 16.

Johnson and Baker finished the game with 19 points each, leading the Lady Texans on offense.

Kuehne scored 14 points and finished the game with six defensive rebounds. Baker also managed 14 points and seven rebounds.IMG_2243

Freshman guard Haleigh Hill put up 12 points, four rebounds and four assists for SPC.

Freshman forward McKenzie Taylor scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

On the defensive side of the ball, SPC held the SWCID offense to single-digit quarters, while getting 56 rebounds.

While breaking the century mark for points, the Lady Texans shot 60 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from the three-point line.

SPC gained another victory on the road against Seminole State College, 59-44, on Nov. 11.

The Lady Texans allowed only three points in the first quarter, taking a 13-3 lead going into the second quarter.

The next three quarters, however, would become a shootout, as both teams began exchanging buckets throughout the game.

Green led SPC offensively with 15 points, while pulling down five rebounds and earning two assists.

Hunter finished the game with 13 points, two rebounds, and two assists for the Lady Texans.

SPC gained another victory against SWCID 77-39 on Nov. 10 in Clarendon.

SPC finished all four quarters with 17 points or better, gaining a comfortable lead as the game progressed.

SWCID was held to 11 points or less due to the Lady Texans defense limiting their shot selection.

Popham put up 15 points against SWCID while finishing the game with four rebounds. Kuehne contributed 15 points, six rebounds and two assists.

Hill scored 10 points and also had three rebounds for the Lady Texans.

The Lady Texans defended their home court at the Texan Dome with a 70-60 victory against Coastal Bend College on Nov. 8.

The Lady Texans struggled with missed shots and turnovers, but managed to come out on top at the end of the first quarter, 19-15.

As the game developed through the second half, the Lady Texans found their rhythm and created a 10-point lead.

Green led the Lady Texans with 13 points and two rebounds, while Hunter chipped in 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Author: Dominick Puente

Sports writer and photographer. Journalism student and sports fanatic.

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