Rough start for Lady Texans in WJCAC play

The South Plains College women’s basketball team started off shaky with multiple losses in the first month of Western Junior Texas College Athletic Conference play.

The face-off against Odessa College on Jan. 29 unfortunately didn’t end in the Lady Texas’ favor, as the Lady Wranglers held on for a 60-57 victory in Odessa.

Turnovers seemed to put SPC in trouble, as Odessa scored 17 points off turnovers alone.

Despite the turnovers, the Lady Texans kept fighting, paced by a season-high 27 points from freshman Mikayla Kuehne.

Christina Baker tossesd in 12 points and La’Praisjah Johnson had nine points and grabbed seven rebounds. Gabbie Green finished with seven points.

SPC battled with Clarendon College for three quarters on Jan. 25 at the Texan Dome before Clarendon pulled away in the fourth period and left with a 65-52 victory.

The Lady Texans held a 35-34 advantage with 2:11 left in the third quarter before Clarendon responded with an 18-3 run.

The Lady Texans fought back to within eight points of the Lady Bulldogs in the fourth quarter but could not close the gap.

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by Autumn Bippert/Editor-in-Chief

Chantel Govan, a freshman guard out of San Antonio, led SPC with 15 points. Christina Baker chipped in 12 points, while Haleigh Hill and Kuehne each added seven points.

 

The Lady Texans notched their first victory in conference play on Jan. 18 by slipping past Western Texas College 53-51 at the Texan Dome.

The team took turns leading in the first half, before SPC grabbed a 29-27 lead by the end of the second quarter.

Western Texans took a 43-42 lead by the end of the third quarter. But in the fourth quarter, the Lady Texans were Determined to put an to a three-game losing-streak.

A free throw by Carara Samuals of Western Texas tied the game at 49 with less than two minutes left in the final quarter. But SPC pulled ahead with four consecutive points, including a pair of free throws by Johnson.

Johnson had a great night with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists. Govan also had 14 points, while Baker added 10 points.

The Lady Texans saw their conference record dip to 1-5 following a 63-49 loss to the New Mexico Junior College Lady Thunderbirds on Jan. 15 in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Green scored in double digits for the 12th time this season, leading SPC with 13 points, while Govan added 10 points and five rebounds.

Author: Maddie Benavidez

Sophomore at South Plains College. Print Journalism Major. I'm from Borden County.

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