Focused Lady Cougars pick up first conference home win

The Barton Community College women’s basketball team showed no signs of a let down from Saturday’s win over then ranked No. 6 Seward County as the Lady Cougars dominated Dodge City Community College 76-55 Wednesday night at the Barton Gym.   After being tied at eight, the Lady Cougars outscored Dodge 35-11 to close the first half in building a twenty-four point halftime lead and cruise to the victory.  With the win the Lady Cougars picked up their first home conference win of the season and improved to .500 in conference play at 5-5 and 15-9 overall.  Barton travels to Garden City on Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off in hopes closing the gap for fourth place and home playoff game positioning.  Barton trails the 6-4 and 14-10 Lady Busters in the conference standings as Garden City was an 84-58 loser Wednesday night against No. 2 Hutchinson.

The Lady Cougars blew the game open with a 25-5 run midway through the half behind three three-pointers and the inside presence of Dionne Harris and Netanya Jackson.  Barton would lead as much as twenty-seven points as nine different players contributed to the 43-19 halftime advantage.

Barton stretched the lead to thirty-one points in the opening three minutes of the second half behind three of Raven Anderson’s eleven second half points.  Anderson, who put up a fifteen point ten rebound performance in the team’s previous matchup in Dodge City, was the lone Lady Cougar to be held scoreless in the first half.  The Lady Conqs’ Laquaris Harris, who only had one point in the first half, had a solid second half as well as she scored fifteen of her game high sixteen points in the second half.   Dodge was able to draw to within fifteen late in the contest, but Barton closed out the game scoring the last six points to earn the twenty-one point win. 

Barton again had a balanced attack placing four players in double figures as all ten players scored.  Dionne Harris and Erin Copeland each scored eleven points as Copeland connected on four-of-five shooting including 2-of-2 from long distance.  Blair Bloomfield and Raven Anderson scored eleven points each.

Laquaris Harris led the Lady Conquistadors with sixteen as Je’nae Strong and Jazmin Villa each scored twelve. 

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Released:  February 9, 2012

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