To begin their season, the Sterling College Lady Warriors started off losing their first two games to the No. 1 ranked Concordia University and No. 3 ranked College of the Ozarks, finishing 107-50 and 87-69 respectively.
Even with those two loses to start the season, the Lady Warriors didn’t let it faze them as they came out and won the next five games.
“We’ve had a good start to our season,” head coach K.C. Bassett said. “We’ve learned and grown a lot and are getting better every day and that’s what it is all about.”
Junior guard Kylah Comley agreed.
“I feel like our season is off to a great start this year,” she said. “This team has the best chemistry of any team that I’ve ever been a part of. We truly enjoy each other, which makes the basketball side of things so much more fun. I couldn’t be more excited to see what this season brings.”
The first home game for the Lady Warriors was against College of Saint Mary, and Sterling won 100-70.
Sterling’s leaders in points were Jessica Carrillo with 21 points and Comley with 18 points, but despite the win, Comley said there were things the team could work on.
“There are always things that our team can be improving on. We are just beginning conference play so there is so much basketball left to play,” she said. “If I had to single anything out, I would say our efficiency running our offense at the moment.”
Even after such a convincing win, Bassett said it wasn’t the teams best outing.
“Our game in Salina at Kansas Wesleyan was possibly our best game so far,” she said. “It’s a tough place to play, and we came out and played well from the start.”
The warriors won 95-67 with Comley leading with 32 points, seven assists, and eight rebounds. Comley had help from teammate Bailey Bangert, who posted 25 points, four assists, and five steals.
The Lady Warriors went on to a record of 4-2 after that win, with wins coming against Nebraska Christian College and Friends University.
The win against Friends was significant.
“Our game at Friends definitely didn’t start out the way we had hoped,” Bassett said. “They had an excellent game plan, and it took us awhile to adjust. Our second half was much better though.”
The Lady Warriors went on to win the next two games against Bethel College and the University of St. Mary, bringing their record to 6-2.
Some might think the team feels a sense of entitlement since they were the No. 1 team last year, but sophomore guard Emmiley Hendrixson disagreed.
“We do not feel entitled to anything,” she said. “We work hard every day to get better. We know the conference is tough, and we just continue to work hard everyday to achieve things.”
Hendrixson said she hopes that hard work pays off.
“We are striving to achieve greatness,” she said. “We want a repeat, and we want to go to nationals and compete.”