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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Hesston women open classic with win

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  • By Mark Schnabel
    Newton Kansan
    HESSTON — The Hesston College women's basketball team held off Central (Neb.) Community College 81-70 on the opening night of the Hesston College Mid America Youth Basketball Thanksgivimg Classic Friday at Yost Center.
    Central came into the game 9-1 and received votes in the NJCAA Division II pre-season poll.
    Neither team led by more than three points in the first seven minutes of the game. Central led by seven with 11:23 remaining in the first half. The Larks got up by as many as seven late in the half, leading 46-40 at intermission.
    Hesston led by as many as nine early in the second half. Central then reeled the Larks back in midway in the period, leading 55-54 with 12:42 remaining.
    Down by five with 10:22 remaining, Hesston make a 15-2 run, including three straight 3-pointers. A trey by Bryana Young with 4:05 remaining put the Larks up by 11. Central got no closer than nine points in the remaining time.
    Makayla Ladwig led Hesston with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Young scored 19 points, hitting four of six 3-pointers. Nikkita Lester and Nikki Lowry each scored 14 points. Lester dished 11 assists.
    Javona Wynne and Caitlin Fehringer each scored 14 points for Central. Sophia Yarger scored 12 points and Adrianna Beck added 10 points.
    Hesston improves to 5-6 and hosts the Tabor junior varsity at 6 p.m. today. Central plays Northern Oklahoma-Enid at 2 p.m. today.
    HESSTON (5-6) — Drew 0-1 0-0 0, Saxton 0-1 0-0 0, Snow 3-5 2-6 8, Lester 4-13 6-10 14, Lowry 5-10 4-8 14, Young 6-11 3-5 19, Ladwig 8-13 2-5 20, Cockrum 0-4 0-0 0, Tillman 0-2 1-2 1, Carter 1-4 1-2 3, Manier 1-2 0-0 2, TOTALS 28-66 19-38 81.
    CENTRAL (Neb.) CC (9-2) — Wynne 6-12 2-2 14, Bibbs 0-1 1-3 1, Muhammad 2-9 2-6 6, Yarger 4-12 0-0 12, Foltz 2-9 2-6 6, Larson 1-4 1-2 3, Fehringer 5-5 4-12 14, Beck 4-12 0-0 10, Allberry 0-4 0-0 0, Washington 1-3 2-2 4, TOTALS 25-73 14-33 70.
    Hesston 46 35 —81
    Central 40 30 —70
    Total fouls — HC 25, CCC 27. Technical fouls — CCC: Bibbs. Fouled out — CCC: Wynne. 3-point shooting — HC 6-13 (Young 4-6, Lester 0-1, Ladwig 2-3, Cockrum 0-3), CCC 6-26 (Wynne 0-2, Muhammad 0-2, Yarger 4-12, Foltz 0-3, Larson 0-1, Beck 2-6). Rebounds — HC 46 (Ladwig 10), CCC 45 (Fehringer 8). Assists — HC 21 (Lester 11), CCC 6 (Wynne 2, Muhammad 2). Turnovers — HC 17 (Lester 4), CCC 17 (three with 3). Blocked shots — HC 1 (Young 1), CCC 0. Steals — HC 8 (Young 3), CCC 11 (Wynne 3, Fehringer 3).

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