Lady Texans add two victories as season comes to end

The South Plains College women’s basketball team finished the season strong, putting together consecutive victories, but failed to make it to postseason play.

The Lady Texans celebrated a 50-35 victory against Odessa College on March 1 at the Texan Dome.

SPC led 28-22 with 3:42 left in the third quarter. With 8:42 left in the fourth, the Lady Texans extended their lead to nine, following a three-pointer from Chantel Govan.

SPC pushed the lead to 13 with a floater from Gabbie Green with under six minutes left to play. Odessa trimmed the Lady Texans’ lead to nine after converting on a pair of free throws from Julian McDonald.

Sophomore Maddie Dorris ended the night with a three-pointer from the right side of the court to put SPC up by 15 with three seconds on the clock.

Mikayla Kuehne tossed in 12 points, while Chantel Govan chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lady Texans ended the season 17-13 overall and 4-10 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.

SPC came away with a 58-57 victory against Clarendon College on Feb. 26 in Clarendon.

With the Lady Texans trailing 40-30 with less than six minutes to play in the third quarter, freshman Christina Baker hit a jumper with 5:12 left to play in the period to trim Clarendon’s lead to eight. On the following play, Baker drew a foul then knocked down a free throw to bring the Lady Texans to within five.

Haleigh Hill converted a two-pointer with 3:59 left in the third quarter, bringing the score to 40-37. Clarendon’s Lizet Sosa converted on two free throws, but Green hit a floater to keep the Lady Texans to within three points.

IMG_8646Kuehne hit a layup that would bring SPC to within one at 42-41. Chauntel Acosta converted on a two-pointer, extending Clarendon’s lead to 44-41, before Kuehne hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 47 with only 45 seconds left in the third quarter.

Clarendon trailed the Lady Texans 54-47 half way through the fourth quarter, before going on a 4-0 run to get within two of SPC.

Later tied at 57, Green converted one of her two free throws to put the Lady Texans up by one at 58-57 to clinch the victory.

Kuehne finished the night with 12 points, nine rebounds, and four three-pointers. Green scored 12 points, while Baker chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lady Texans moved to 16-13 on the year and 3-10 in WJCAC play.

SPC suffered a hard-fought 50-41 loss to Western Texas College in Snyder on Feb. 19.

The Lady Texans trailed 37-34 after three quarters of play, before Western Texas went on a 10-0 run to begin the final quarter. With 2.31 left to play, Kuehne converted a two-pointer.

Kuehne scored 13 points and six rebounds to end the night. SPC shot 37 percent from the floor and 19 percent from the three-point line. Baker tossed in 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds in 22 minutes of play. Green added six points, while Govan finished with five points.

Western Texas added five more points with free throws in the final minutes. Catara Samuel led all scorers with 21 points, seven of 13 being from the floor. Avery Gregory finished with nine points for Western Texas, and Allison Valdez added seven points.

The Lady Texans move to 15-13 for the year and 2-10 in WJCAC play.

SPC fell to New Mexico Junior College 61-48 on Feb. 15 at the Texan Dome.

The Lady Texans trailed 17-11 after 10 minutes of play. SPC then put together an 11-3 run, capped off with a three-pointer by Kuehne that put the Lady Texans up 22-20. Green extended the lead to five with a three-pointer with 4:21 left to play in the first half.

Ni’Asia McIntosh converted on a two-pointer for NMJC with 11 seconds remaining before the half, trimming the lead to 25-24.

To begin the second half, Kuehne converted a three-pointer, but NMJC would answer with a 19-7 run, retaking the lead. Alexes Bryant converted on consecutive plays to put the Lady Thunderbirds up 43-35. NMJC would lead for the rest of the contest.

Green led the scoring for the Lady Texans with 20 points. Kuehne contributed 11 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Maddie Dorris and Baker added seven and six points, respectively.

McIntosh led all scorers with 24 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 11 of 16 from the field. Bryant tallied 21 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Thunderbirds.

With the loss, the Lady Texans moved to 15-12 for the year and 2-9 in conference play.

Author: Kendall Rainer

Freshman at SPC from Georgetown, Texas. Photo Editor for the plainsman press

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