Lady Warriors finish regular season strong

The Sterling College women’s basketball team closed out the regular season in dominant fashion in the month of February.
Going into the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, the Lady Warriors have an overall record of 23-7 and a KCAC conference record of 20-4.
To start off the month, the Lady Warriors hosted McPherson College. Coming off a loss to McPherson just two months prior, the Lady Warriors were well aware of the battle they had in front of them.
“Since we lost to McPherson in December, we had been waiting to play them again,” junior Kylah Comley said. “We blew a 20-point lead, and we wanted to make a statement the next time we played them. Our game plan was to let some of their best players shoot as many outside shots as possible because that was their weakness.”
A high scoring game finished with the Lady Warriors coming out on top 93-83. Comley led all scorers with 32 points.
A road trip to Avila University resulted in a double overtime thriller.
After the second overtime, the Lady Warriors eventually pulled away 104-99. Junior Alexis Theus had a career-high 28 points to lead her team.
Head coach KC Bassett said she was on the edge of her seat the entire game.
“The Avila game was an extremely important win. It kept us tied for first in the battle for aconference championship,” she said. “It also made us the first team in the conference to beat Avila on their home court. It was definitely one of the top three most intense games I have ever coached. Each possession mattered. Our players did a great job keeping their cool and prevailing in the end.”
A two-game home stretch resulted in one loss and one victory for the Lady Warriors, starting with a 73-76 loss against Tabor College and a 68-64 win against Ottawa University on senior night.
To cap off the regular season, the Lady Warriors won two road games against York College and Bethany College.
As the Lady Warriors look toward the KCAC Tournament, they know they have things to improve on in order to reach their full potential.
“Every day in practice we find things to practice and improve on,” Comley said. “Right now I think as we prepare for post-season, we can really focus on our ability to hold teams to under 50 points and offensive efficiency.”
Bassett focuses on improving as well.
“We can always improve our defense. I keep telling the team that defense truly wins championships, and, if we want to win, we need to keep getting better defensively. As for preparing for the postseason, we just need to try to keep getting better in all facets of the game every day,” Bassett said.

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