Lady Texans struggle during conference play

The South Plains College women’s basketball team continues to fight in hopes of improving their record as the end of the season approaches.

The Lady Texans suffered a hard 63-56 loss to Howard College on Feb. 8 at the Texan Dome. They slipped to 15-11 for the year and 2-8 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference Play.

After three quarters, freshman Gabbie Green brought the Lady Texans back to within 11 after converting two free throws with 3:30 left to play. Mikayla Kuehne ended a 14-5 run with a 3-pointer, bringing SPC to within nine. Kuehne then sank a pair of free throws to cut Howard’s lead to 59-52 with 2:05 left to play.

Kuehne hit a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to bring SPC to within six, but Howard would shut down the Lady Texans’ final attempt to even the score in the final seconds.

Kuehne ended the night 6 of 17 from the field. SPC shot 35 percent from the floor and were 2 of 14 from the 3-point line. Freshman La’Praisjah Johnson chipped in 13 points, five assists and four rebounds, while Green added seven points and Christina Baker finished the game with six.

Howard’s Kendall Alsup led the scoring for the Hawks with 18 points. Corbin Cunningham ended the night with 14 points and eight rebounds. Howard improved to 14-12 on the year and 4-6 in WJCAC play.IMG_1661

The Lady Texans fell to Frank Phillips College 62-53 on Feb. 5 in Borger. The Lady Plainsmen, undefeated at home this season, had two players in double figures, as Marlene Aniambosou and Kinsley Choate each finished with 17 points.

Kuehne scored in double digits with 16 points in her 40 minutes of play. Green chipped in 10 points and four rebounds for the Lady Texans, while Baker tallied eight points and six rebounds. Johnson and Maddie Dorris each had six, points while Haleigh Hill finished with five.

SPC shot 35.3 percent from the field and 4 of 20 from the three-point line. The Lady Texans dominated the rebound game with 33 on the night, leading to 20 points inside the paint. SPC also earned 17 points on second-chance opportunities.

The Lady Texans celebrated a well deserved 58-44 victory against Midland College in front of the home crowd on Feb. 1.

Johnson scored a career-high 21 points, while Kuehne grabbed 11 points for SPC.

Johnson scored 18 points in the first half, and was 7 of 11 from the floor and 4 of 6 from the three-point line.

In the first half, the Lady Texans held Midland to 0-for-9 from the three-point line and 17 percent shooting from the field.

SPC continued to dominate Midland both offensively and defensively in the second half. The Lady Texans held the Lady Chaps to 3 for 12 from the floor. Dorris hit her first 3-pointer of the season, which pushed the Lady Texans’ lead to 14.

Chantel Govan dropped in 10 points and had three assists in her 35 minutes of play. Green contributed eight points, while Dorris and Baker each contributed four points to help the Lady Texans to victory.

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