ABOVE: Jazmyne Laskey, senior guard, powers to the basket during the Jan. 15 game against the Bethel Lady Threshers. The Lady Builders won 80-75. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
The Moundbuilder Lady’s basketball team pulled out all the stops by winning against conference foe Bethel by a score of 80-75, Jan. 15th at Stewart Fieldhouse.
The Lady Threshers and Builders played neck and neck the first half ending in a tie score of 19-19. The tough, hard-fought first half was put together by Lady Builders’ Jazmyne Laskey, senior guard, scoring six points and fellow Marissa Evans, senior guard, scoring four points. The contributions from Evans and Laskey were not the only ones as Ashley Carrillo, junior center, scored four along with new faces, Sarah Alsabbaheen, sophomore guard, with two and Destiny Steward, sophomore guard, for eight. Combining for 18 points in the quarter alone.
The second quarter began to be different for both sides as Southwestern, who shot 44 percent in the first quarter improved a tad as field-goal percentage rose to 46 percent. The Lady Builders also won the turnover battle by a margin of six for the half against Bethel. On the other hand, Bethel went to the drawing board and made changes coming out from the second quarter.
Bethel controlled the rebounding game yet again in the second quarter ending the half doubling Southwesterns board by totals of 24 and 12. The deficit played a crucial role in second chance opportunities for both teams as the quarter ended with Bethel leading by a score of 39-34 to end the half.
The third quarter opened up with a hot start by Bethel with Brielle Hampton, freshman guard, and Kendall Michalski, sophomore guard, scoring the first five points for the Threshers to get out to a 12-point lead.
Lady Builders Laskey, Evans, Carrillo, Rylee Barnes, sophomore guard, Claren McCormick, senior center, and Grace Pospichal, senior guard, kept the game close, winning the quarter scoring 21-19. Productive scoring and keeping the game close, the Lady Builders were within striking distance going into the fourth and final quarter by a score of 58-55.
Entering the final quarter, the Lady Builders were down by three. Although, they did a good job of sticking with the Threshers to make it a game and possibly surprise in the fourth.
“We knew going into the fourth quarter we had a chance to do something great”, said Evans post-game.
In the final quarter the Builders picked up immensely on their rebounding winning the rebounding column for the first quarter all night.’
Racking up boards for the Builders all night were leading Evans, Sydney Webb, junior guard, and McCormick.
Leading scores for the night for the Builders was Laskey with 21 points for the night.
“We just had to fight through and believe”, said Laskey.
“This win hopefully will carry with us into this weekend”, said Whitney Corley, women’s basketball head coach.
The Lady Builders take to the road Jan. 18th in Ottawa, Kan., to take on the Ottawa Lady Braves. Although, you can catch them back at home on Jan. 23rd to face McPherson at Stewart Fieldhouse at 6pm.