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Ellsworth holds off SWCC women

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 12:41 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 12:57 a.m. CDT
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(CNA photo by LARRY PETERSON)
Southwestern's Jill Vanderhoof (12) drives against Leslie Birkenholz of Ellsworth (40) during Saturday's conference game here. Vanderhoof scored 10 points in the Spartans' 52-46 loss.

A chance to stay out of the basement of the ICCAC Division II standings slipped away from the Southwestern women here Saturday.

Ellsworth, winless in league play and recent loser to a Southeastern team that Southwestern defeated at Keokuk, came into the Spartans’ gym Saturday and left with a 52-46 victory

The win lifts Ellsworth into a sixth-place tie at 1-2, and 6-9 overall. Southwestern falls into an eighth-place tie with Southeastern at 1-3, and 3-12 overall with a tough stretch of games looming.

Southwestern trailed 30-23 at halftime and 48-40 with 3:14 left, but rallied to within two points (48-46) on a 3-pointer by Darian Polson at the 2:02 mark.

But that was as close as it got as Ellsworth capitalized on turnovers and at the free throw line down the stretch for the six-point victory.

“We didn’t do a good job of taking care of the basketball in the end,” said SWCC coach Addae Houston. “That’s what cost us in the end. Too many momentum killers. And they hit some threes on us.”

Keziah Lewis scored 15 points to lead a balanced Ellsworth team that made six 3-pointers. Polson had the only trey for SWCC and had a team-high 11 points. Jill Vanderhoof had 10, all in the first half. Peyton Russell finished with a team-high nine rebounds and two steals while scoring three points.

“We definitely had a chance to beat them and came up short,” Houston said. “I really wanted to try to get this one. Now we have to hope we can split with them and get them at their place. Our next four will be tough — at Iowa Central, NIACC, Kirkwood and Marshalltown. All are teams that have been ranked or received votes this year.”

The stretch begins with a trip to Fort Dodge Wednesday to take on Iowa Central.

ELLSWORTH (52) — Keziah Lewis 5 4-7 15, Justice Thigpen 3 2-4 9, Molly Greenfield 3 0-0 9, Jordyn Lehman 3 2-2 8, Bailie Schipper 2 1-1 5, Alivia Zubrod 1 0-0 3, Jade Campbell 1 1-2 3. Totals — 18 10-16 52. 3-point goals — 6 (Greenfield 3, Zubrod 1, Thigpen 1, Lewis 1). Team fouls — 14. Fouled out  — None.

SOUTHWESTERN (46) — Darian Polson 5 0-0 11, Jill Vanderhoof 5 0-0 10, Kristin Klocksiem 3 0-0 6, Morgan Knorr 2 1-2 5, Jordan Williamson 2 0-0 4, J’myrehea Douglas 1 1-1 3, Peyton Russell 1 1-2 3, Na Keyia Harris 1 0-0 2, Katelynn Sowers 1 0-0 2. Totals — 21 3-6 46. FG shooting — 21-52 (40 percent). 3-point goals — 1-10 (Polson 1). Rebounds — 36 (Russell 9, Williamson 4, Knorr 4, Vanderhoof 4, Polson 4).  Assists — 13 (Williamson 4, Knorr 3). Steals — 4 (Russell 2). Blocked shots — 2 (Polson 2). Turnovers — 15. Team fouls — 19. Fouled out  — None.

Ellsworth — 30 52

SWCC — 23 46

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