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Spartans’ momentum stopped after first win

Published: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 1:34 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 1:40 a.m. CDT
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(CNA photo by SCOTT VICKER)
Southwestern freshman Jordan Williamson (10) of Interstate 35 looks for an open teammate to pass to while driving baseline against Highland's Logan Schreier (12) in a 93-42 loss Saturday. Williamson led the Spartans with 12 points and three assists.

Coming off a win at Grand View’s JV team on Thursday that ended a 34-game losing streak, the Southwestern women’s basketball team couldn’t keep that momentum rolling forward in a 93-42 loss to Highland Community College here Saturday.

Highland used its fullcourt press to create havoc and jumped to a 24-8 lead midway through the first half.

“We just didn’t execute and handle it as well as I wanted to, obviously,” Southwestern head coach Addae Houston said. “We tried to work on it. It was a short turnaround for us. We play them again in a week. I hope by that time, we’ll have put in some more practice time on handling the press and we’ll have a better showing when we go up there on Saturday.”

At times, Highland’s height in the post gave the Spartans problems when trying to gather defensive rebounds.

Even though the Spartans lost 93-42, they still showed flashes of doing good things.

Freshman Jordan Williamson out of Interstate 35 scored 12 points and dished out three assists, leading a balanced team effort. Ball movement in the halfcourt sets was improved in the second half.

“We’re still growing,” Houston said. “Still learning as a team to play and execute the things we want to do. it’s going to take some time, but we’ve got to continue to get better on the practice floor. As we go on, as the season goes along, hopefully we can start to mesh those things together as we get closer and closer to the conference season. Because that’s when it’s really going to count.”

Houston said he was proud of the effort his girls gave in the loss.

“They just have to understand right now it’s still the learning process and they can’t get discouraged,” he said. “I’m not discouraged with what we were able to do. I’m proud of our effort that we gave on the floor tonight. Even though the score doesn’t really reflect it. We’ll get better.”

First win

The Spartans picked up their first win of the season with a 59-55 win over Grand View’s JV team on Thursday, snapping a 34-game losing skid in the process.

Southwestern overcame a 10-point deficit with about 7:00 left in the game to score the win.

Sophomore Morgan Knorr scored a game-high 12 points and added seven rebounds with three assists in the win. Sophomore Darian Polson added nine points and a team-high nine boards.

Freshman Peyton Russell of Bedford also scored double figures with 11 points. Jill Vanderhoof and Williamson each scored nine points. Rhecie Lee grabbed seven rebounds for the Spartans.

The Spartans, now 1-3 for the season, host Graceland’s JV team tonight in a doubleheader. The women’s game tips off at 5:30 p.m.

HIGHLAND (93)

SOUTHWESTERN (42) — Jordan Williamson 3 5-7 12, Darian Polson 3 1-3 8, Rhecie Lee 3 2-2 8, Morgan Knorr 2 4-5 8, Jill Vanderhoof 2 0-2 4, J’myrehea Douglas 0 2-4 2. Totals — 13 14-23 42. 3-point goals — 2 (Williamson 1, Polson 1). Rebounds — 16 (Lee 3, Vanderhoof 3, Douglas 3).  Assists — 10 (Williamson 3, Peyton Russell 3). Steals — 11 (Lee 4, Vanderhoof 2). Blocked shots — 3 (Douglas 2, Knorr 1). Turnovers — 28. Team fouls — 23. Fouled out  — Knorr.

Highland — 52 93

SWCC — 26 42

GRAND VIEW (55)

SOUTHWESTERN (59) — Morgan Knorr 3 6-8 12, Peyton Russell 5 0-0 11, Darian Polson 3 3-7 9, Jill Vanderhoof 3 2-3 9, 3 3-4 9, Rhecie Lee 1 4-6 6, Nakeyia Harris 0 3-4 3. Totals — 18 21-32 59. FG shooting — 18-46 (39 percent). 3-point goals — 2 (Vanderhoof 1, Russell 1). Rebounds — 41 (Polson 9, Vanderhoof 7, Lee 7, Williamson 5, Vanderhoof 5, Harris 4, Russell 3).  Assists — 8 (Knorr 3, Polson 2). Steals — 12 (Williamson 4, Polson 3). Blocked shots — 5 (Polson 3). Turnovers — 16.

GV — 30 55

SWCC — 22 59

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