After the outbreak of COVID-19 across the country, the Sterling College Lady Warriors were unable to play their national game against Saint Francis (IL).
The Lady Warriors got word from the NAIA their game was cancelled just minutes after they took the court to warm-up.
Before nationals, the Lady Warriors started their postseason with the first round of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
Going into the tournament, junior Kylah Comley was confident in her team’s abilities.
“I feel confident in the way our team is playing. We have improved and grown so much as a team throughout this season and are starting to play some of our best basketball,” Comley said.
In the first round, the two-seeded Lady Warriors hosted the seven-seeded Bethel Threshers .
Sterling had beaten Bethel in both games this season with a scoring differential of 45 points, so coming into the game they were the heavy favorite.
A back and forth game resulted in the Lady Warriors taking over in the second half and winning 68-57.
In the semifinal round of the KCAC Tournament the Lady Warriors took on the Bethany Swedes, a team they split games with in the regular season.
Sterling held off a late surge from Bethany to win 65-61 and advance to the KCAC Tournament championship for the second year in a row.
The championship game of the tournament was a back and forth battle with Avila University edging out the Lady Warriors 67-65.
Head coach KC Bassett prepares her team for nationals in the same way she does all season. She likes to treat it like any other game to try and take the pressure off of her team.
“I feel like we are playing pretty good basketball right now. It is crazy to think that we have played 33 games up to this point,” Basset said. This time of year is all about executing, being aggressive and leaving everything on the floor. As a coach, it is my job to get us as ready as we possibly can be. That includes watching a lot of film and breaking it down to show our team specific things. It also includes creating a good scouting report so our players can have a better understanding of player personnel. We are not putting anything new in at this point, just fine-tuning what we have and preparing to play at a high-level at the national tournament.”
Unfortunately for the Lady Warriors they were never able to play in the national tournament this year.
They ended the season with an overall record of 25-8.