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Lady Cougars Ink Eight in First Wave of Recruiting Class

Barton Community College women’s basketball head coach Carter Kruger has announced the signing of eight incoming freshmen for the 2013-2014 season.  Signing national letters of intent are  Phikala Anthony (Memphis, TN), Bethany Bowman (Emporia, KS), Breeyana Brittain (Brooklyn Center, MN), Tori Davis (Lewis Center, OH), Ciera Lampe (Dodge City, KS), Raven Walker (Memphis, TN), and Sharyce Warren (Upper Marlboro, MD) make up the initial group of seven incoming freshmen.  In addition, Alexis Ryan (Smith Center, KS) has also joined the program. With the first wave of what is expected to be a signing class eleven maximum players, Coach Kruger is excited about the future of the Lady Cougar basketball program. 

“I cannot be more pleased to announce the signing of these stellar student-athletes and their commitment to the Barton Women’s Basketball program,” Coach Kruger said.  “We were able to address most of the needs we have going forward as a basketball team; from perimeter scoring and defense to finding a presence in the paint offensively and on the glass, we have eight freshmen coming to Barton that will provide an immediate boost to our depth and overall talent level.  The number one thing about all of these future Lady Cougars is that they are all great people, hard workers, and they have promising futures on and off the floor.”

Coach Kruger added, “When you look at what we have returning and the work that those players have put into improving our basketball team, these young ladies will fill in the openings and help us advance toward our goal of a Jayhawk West championship.” 

Coach Kruger’s thoughts and capsule information about the individual signees can be found below. 

Phikala Anthony – 5’9” Guard – Manassas High School – Memphis, TN
High School:  Pepsi’s Best of the Preps in Tennessee… 1st Team All-District and Regional MVP...  Averaged 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists...  A part of 52 wins during junior and senior seasons...  Played for Coach Tommy Warren.

“Our staff has been searching for a dynamic scorer at the off-guard position, and in KK (Phikala), we’ve found someone who was just that at the high school level.  I believe that once she transitions to the highly competitive level of our conference and improves in some key areas she will provide a big punch for us on the offensive side of the ball.  KK brings a winning pedigree and is someone that has been extremely well coached in high school and AAU.”

Bethany Bowman – 6’0” Forward – Emporia High School – Emporia, KS
High School:  Bethany will also compete in track & field at BCC – Top 5 high jumper in state of KS…  Emporia High School Athlete of the Year...  Central Kansas All-Star Selection…  Averaged 6 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists...  Played for coach Bill Nienstedt.

“Bethany is a player who has hardly scratched the surface of her potential as a basketball player.  She will help us immensely on the defensive end of the court, and as her offensive skills improve she will have a chance to improve quickly.  She has the athleticism and size to be a major factor for us; we look forward to getting her on campus.”

Breeyana Brittain – 6’3” Center – Minneapolis Roosevelt HS – Brooklyn Center, MN
High School:  St Paul Pioneer Press All-Metro Honorable Mention...  Minneapolis City League All-Conference...  Athena Award winner at MSP Roosevelt. Averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks… Played for coach Michael Wright.

“Bree has the size and skill level to make an immediate impact on a roster that does not have a true low-post player.  Bree’s combination of excellent footwork and ability to finish through contact will serve her well.  She literally has the ability to be as good a player as she’s willing to work to become…and I believe Bree will have an outstanding career in a Barton uniform.”

Tori Davis – 5’10” Wing – Olentangy Orange High School – Lewis Center, OH
Honors:  Played on Olentangy Orange team that made it to the state semi-finals in 2013…  Averaged 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals...  Played for coach Mary Ann Grimes.

“The number one thing I like about Tori is that she’s a winner.  She helped turn around the Olentangy Orange program and helped it become one of the best in all of Ohio.  Tori will be counted on to be a shut-down defender and to make open shots.  She has great length and the ability to change a game based on her defensive presence – something we need in our system.”

Ciera Lampe – 5’10” Wing – Dodge City High School – Dodge City, KS
Honors:  All Western Athletic Conference... Selected to Central Kansas All-Star Game…  Averaged 9 points and 5 rebounds…  Played for coach Kelley Snodrass.

“Ciera comes from a very successful program at Dodge City High School.  I know that she was very well coached by Coach (Justin) Briggs and now a coach I have a lot of respect for in Kelley Snodgrass.  Ciera is a hard-nosed and versatile player who we will count on to stretch the floor from the 3-pt line.  The fact that she can play multiple positions will help us quite a bit going forward as she transitions to more of a perimeter-oriented style of play.”

Alexis Ryan – 5’4” Guard – Smith Center High School – Smith Center, KS
Honors:  Kansas 2A State Champion in 2013... Helped team to a 24-2 overall record… Averaged 8 points and 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals…  Played for coach Nick Linn.

“Being a state champion, Alexis will bring a great deal of experience to our program.  She played on a team that was known for its defensive prowess and should be able to impact us positively on that end of the court.  Alexis can shoot the ball from distance as well as score in transition.  She will have some natural things to overcome because of her size, but Alexis has shown the ability to do that in the past.”

Raven Walker – 5’9” Wing – Manassas High School – Memphis, TN
Honors:  Had season ending knee surgery after 2nd game of her senior season…  A part of 31 wins during junior season...  Played for Coach Tommy Warren.

“Also coming from Manassas High School, Raven is a player who never really got a chance to shine as a senior.  She played a vital role on the team that went to the Tennessee state tournament her junior year, and I know Coach (Tommy) Warren really missed the breakout year she would’ve had as a senior.  I don’t look at Raven as us taking a chance on an injured player – I know she’s been well-coached, she’s tough, and she will do whatever it takes to help us win next year.”

Sharyce Warren – 5’4” Point Guard – Frederick Douglass High School – Upper Marlboro, MD
Honors:  2nd team all-conference as a freshman at Jericho Christian Academy (closed prior to sophomore season)… Averaged 12 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 5 steals…  Played for coach Rod Hairston (2011-12).

“Considering her size, Sharyce plays much bigger.  She has a strong drive and ability to finish shots around the basket against bigger players.  I really like the fact that Sharyce can play in a variety of settings.  She can push tempo, and/or slow it down.  She can make plays for her teammates while remaining a viable scoring threat from that lead guard position.  I’m excited to get her to Kansas!”

Copeland earns post-season honors for Lady Cougars

Barton's Erin Copeland drives past Seward County Community College’s Avery Burns in first half action on February 2, 2013 at the Barton Gym on the campus of Barton Community College.Barton Community College women’s basketball player Erin Copeland was recently named to the KJCCC West Division honorable mention team.  Copeland, a sophomore from Kansas City, Kansas, averaged 10.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while also leading the Lady Cougars with 3.1 assists per game.  Copeland developed throughout her sophomore season averaging over twelve points per contest in conference play and become a lethal threat from behind the arc shooting nearly 40%.

Season comes to an end for Lady Cougars in Region VI playoffs

The Barton Community College women’s basketball team had its 2012-13 season come to an Saturday in Independence falling 69-59 to Independence Community College in the first round of the Region VI playoffs.   With the loss the Jayhawk West’s seventh seed Lady Cougars concludes the season at 13-17 while the Jayhawk East’s second seed Pirates improve to 16-14 and advance to the quarterfinals. 

Sophomore Blair Bloomfield led Barton in scoring and rebounding with fourteen points and eight rebounds as she concluded her Lady Cougar career scoring in double figures for the tenth time in her last twelve games. Freshman Ashton Bruner scored thirteen points to go along with six rebounds while sophomore Erin Copeland finished her Barton career with twelve points to reach double figures for the fifteenth time in the last eighteen games. 

Sabrina Berry led three Independence players in double digits with seventeen points.  Kelby McGrath scored fifteen while DeKendra Ledoux added twelve. 

Lady Cougars end regular season with road loss at Cloud

The Barton Community College women’s basketball team wrapped up its regular season Wednesday with a 52-38 loss to Cloud County Community College in Concordia.  Barton drops to 3-13 to finish seventh in conference and 13-16 overall while Cloud finishes the regular season fourth in the conference at 10-6 and 20-10 overall.  The Lady Cougars will begin the Region VI playoffs on the road as they will travel to Independence Community College on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. contest. 

Freshman Ashton Bruner was the only Lady Cougar in double digit scoring with twelve points to go along with five rebounds.  Sophomore Blair Bloomfield led in rebounding with six while freshman Kailai Brantner led the team is assist with three.  Sophomore Erin Copeland led Barton in steals with four while also dishing out two assists.

Jordyn Alexander led two Cloud players in double digits with twelve points while Pearlrae Thomas scored ten.  Kamika Mason led the 58-40 Cloud rebound advantage with nine as the Lady Thunderbirds grabbed twenty-six offensive rebounds leading to a 21-0 second chance point advantage.  Aleesha Coulter led Cloud in both assists and steals dishing out three and stealing three. 

Offense sputters in second half as Lady Cougars drop conference road game

Playing its second game in less than twenty-four hours, the Barton Community College women’s basketball team faltered in the second half and dropped a 59-53 Jayhawk West contest Sunday at Colby Community College.  Leading by seven at the break, Barton built a twelve point lead through the first six minutes of the second half.  In the midst of building the lead, the Lady Cougars went frigid from the field going nearly twelve minutes without a field goal and resulting in a five point deficit.  Tying the game with three minutes to play, Barton was outscored 13-7 down the stretch to drop their conference record to 3-12 and 13-15 overall while keeping Colby got its first conference win of the season to improve to 1-14 and 7-22 overall. Barton will conclude the regular season Wednesday in Concordia as the Lady Cougars take on the Cloud County Community College Lady Thunderbirds in a 6:00 p.m. contest.

Sophomore Blair Bloomfield scored a career high twenty-four points and grabbed a team high seven rebounds to lead Barton.  Freshman Ashton Bruner was the only other Lady Cougar in double digit scoring with thirteen points while also leading the team with three steals. 

Linda Pagrode came off the bench to lead three Colby players in double-digits by scoring eighteen while Kasey Hoyt and Agnese Aramina contributed eleven and ten points respectively.

Lady Cougar sophomores close out home career with victory

Playing their last game on their home court, the sophomore members of the Barton Community College women’s basketball team combined for thirty-nine points in leading the Lady Cougars to a 64-60 win over Pratt Community College Saturday at the Barton Gym.  Snapping a seven game skid, Barton improves to 3-11 in conference play and 13-14 overall while Pratt drops to 4-10 and 15-13 overall.   The Lady Cougars have a short turnaround as they head to Colby Community College on Sunday to play a rescheduled game from last Wednesday’s weather postponed game.  Game time for Sunday’s contest is 3:00pm at the Colby Community Building. 

Sophomore Blair Bloomfield led three Lady Cougars in double-digit scoring with fifteen to reach double figures for the eighth time in the past nine contests.  Sophomore Tashell Phillips scored ten while freshman Ashton Bruner nearly had a double-double with her ten point nine rebound performance.  Sophomore Erin Copeland had her eleven game double-figure streak come to an end scoring seven points but led the Lady Cougars with four assists and four steals. 

Hayli Jo Smith scored twenty points to lead three Lady Beavers in double-digit scoring with Tatiana Grant and Kelsey Strobel each scoring ten apiece. 

Second time not the charm for Lady Cougars in home loss to Hutchinson

Wednesday was a record setting night at the Barton Gym but unfortunately for the Barton Community College women’s basketball team it will be records they would likely forget.  Jumping out to a 7-0 lead, the No. 3 nationally ranked Hutchinson Community College never looked back in cruising to the 104-64 victory.  Having played to a nine-point decision earlier in the season and having trailed by only two late in the contest, the Lady Cougars were simply in the way of a determined Hutchinson team. The loss continues Barton’s seven-game slide in dropping to 2-11 in conference play and 12-14 overall while Hutchinson improves to 11-1 and 25-1 overall.   Concluding their brutal four-game seven-day portion of their Jayhawk West schedule, Barton will have a week away from completion until February 20 when the Lady Cougars travel to Colby Community College.  Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. at the Colby Community Building.

The forty-point margin was the largest in the series since Barton defeated the Lady Dragons by thirty-nine in 1986 and eclipsed the highest combined score surpassing the 1981 meeting when Barton won 85-76. The game also marked the first time in the series history either team surpassed the century mark and the most scored since Barton put up ninety-six back in 1992 and 1983.  Hutchinson has now won eight straight against the Lady Cougars with Barton holding the most consecutive at fourteen set in the 1988-94 seasons.

Barton’s seven game losing streak also surpasses the longest in school history which has been set three times, the latest coming in the 2003-04 season.

Erin Copeland’s twenty points tied her career high for the second straight game and eleventh consecutive game she has reached double-figures.  Blair Bloomfield scored thirteen points to reach double figures for the seventh time in the past eight games.

Jen’Von’Ta Hill scored a career high twenty-six to lead three Lady Dragons in double-digit scoring with four others scoring seven or more points.  Aja Sorrells added fifteen while leading Hutchinson with six rebounds and Jasmine Patterson scored fourteen. 

Turnovers plague Lady Cougars in road loss to Butler

Looking to end a five game slide, the Barton Community College women’s basketball team committed untimely turnovers leading to transitional baskets in Monday’s 75-62 loss at Butler Community College.  With the loss Barton drops to 2-10 in conference play and 12-13 on the season while Butler improves their conference mark to 7-4 and 19-6 overall.  Barton will conclude its four-game seven-day stretch by hosting nationally ranked Hutchinson Community College on Wednesday in a 5:30 p.m. tip at the Barton Gym.

Tied at the midpoint, the Lady Grizzlies went on an 18-2 run to seize control in route to a 45-31 lead.  Barton committed twelve turnovers in the first half leading to a ten-point Butler advantage.

Barton cut the lead to nine with 13:40 to play and again with 1:37 remaining but the Lady Grizzlies would never falter.

Erin Copeland tied a career high with twenty points on 5-of-10 from behind the arc and scored in double digits for the tenth straight game.  Blair Bloomfield scored fourteen points to reach double figures for the sixth time in the past seven games.  Freshman Ashton Bruner recorded her fourth double-double of the season with a twelve point ten rebound performance.

Jamillah Bonner was the story for the Lady Grizzlies scoring twenty-one of her thirty-one points in the first half and nearly posted the double-double in grabbing nine rebounds to go along with four steals. Shalya Williams added fourteen while Ashley Ivy scored eleven.  Ivy and Carly Bettancourt shared team assist honors with six apiece.

Lady Cougars drop fifth straight, falter late to Garden City

The mystery of the Barton Community College women’s basketball team continued Saturday night at the Barton Gym as the Lady Cougars again proved they can play amongst the best in the Jayhawk West.  Conversely for the Lady Cougars the result was their fifth straight loss in falling 66-61 to Garden City Community College.  Dropping to 2-9 in conference play, Barton is now at .500 for the season at 12-12  while Garden City, who was fresh off Wednesday’s victory over the nation’s top ranked team, improves to 8-3 in conference and 22-3 overall.  Barton will play its third game in five days when the travel to El Dorado on Monday to take on Butler Community College.  Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Power Plant.

With twelve lead changes and ten ties, Barton led the Lady Broncbusters in the second half before a 6-0 Garden City run swung the game with thirteen minutes remaining.  Garden stretched the lead to eight only to have the Lady Cougars respond, getting the deficit to three numerous times including with fifty-two seconds remaining.  As been the case in the course of the five game losing streak, opportunities have slipped through the Lady Cougars hands as Barton missed shots from the field and opportunities at the free throw line. 

Blair Bloomfield’s sixteen points led the Lady Cougars as it was her fifth double digit scoring output in the last six games.  Freshman Kailai Brantner continued her strong play of late scoring thirteen points and seven rebounds while leading the Lady Cougars with three assists.  Erin Copeland increased her double-digit scoring streak to nine games as she scored eleven points. Despite not scoring in the contest, Ta’Kerra Williams led Barton in rebounding with eight.

Tahlia Pope led four Lady Broncbusters in double digit scoring with twenty-one points.  Deni Jacobs scored thirteen while Allegria Chisom scored ten.  Tamara Jones, who also scored ten points, recorded a double-double by grabbing twelve rebounds to go along with five blocks. 

Streaks come to an end in Lady Cougars’ loss at Dodge City

All streaks are bound to end and Wednesday night in Dodge City two streaks came to an end in Barton Community College women’s basketball team’s 71-68 loss to Dodge City Community College at the United Wireless Arena.   After winning sixteen straight against the Lady Conquistadors, Barton suffered its first loss since March 2, 2005.   Additionally, the win by Dodge City is the first conference win against an opponent other than Colby Community College since the 2007 season when they defeated Garden City Community College.  Barton drops to 2-8 on the conference season and 12-11 overall while Dodge City improves to 2-8 in conference and 8-16 overall.  The Lady Cougars return to the friendly confines of the Barton Gym on Saturday to take on Garden City Community College in a 5:30 p.m. tip.

Erin Copeland, who has scored in double-figures for eight straight games, led four Lady Cougars in double-figures with fifteen points. Blair Bloomfield, who posted her fourth double figuring scoring in the last five games, joined Taschell Phillips in scoring thirteen points each.  Taylor Mayes, who just missed her first career double-double, pulled down nine rebounds while scoring twelve points.  Kailai Brantner led Barton with six assists and five steals while contributing six points.

Kesha Buckner led Dodge City in both scoring and rebounding with her double-double fifteen point ten rebound performance.  Kelli Tolar’s fourteen points was the lone Lady Conquistador to reach double figures as four other players scored seven or more points. 

Shot rims out at buzzer as Lady Cougars drop heartbreaker to Seward

Saturday night at the Barton Gym the Barton Community College women’s basketball team nearly pulled out the last second victory but dropped a hard fought 65-63 conference battle to Seward County Community College.  The loss is the third straight for the Lady Cougars in dropping them to 2-7 in conference and 12-10 on the season while Seward improves to 6-3 and 15-7 overall.  Barton will look to break the skid on Wednesday as the Lady Cougars travel to Dodge City to take on the Lady Conquistadors in a 6:00 p.m. tip at the United Wireless Arena.  Barton defeated Dodge City earlier in the season at the Barton Gym 69-52.

In a back and forth first half exchanging leads four times, the Lady Cougars built a seven point lead with 8:16 getting a spark off the bench from freshman Taylor Mayes.  Scoring four points in a Barton 6-0 run, Mayes finished the half leading all scorers with ten points.

Seward battled back via the three-point shots as the Lady Saints’ Bridget Crandall knocked down back-to-back treys to give Seward its first lead with 4:33 to play.  The teams went toe-to-toe for the last four minutes featuring four lead changes and three ties until a Blair Bloomfield trey with forty-eight seconds left gave Barton a narrow 30-29 halftime advantage.

The second half was much like the first as the teams were tied five times and had seven lead changes.  Tied for the ninth time at 49 with 10:29 to play, a Ricquia Jones trey triggered a 9-0 Seward run to open up the game’s biggest lead with 8:45 remaining.

Back came the Cougars as Erin Copeland’s shot from behind the arc drew Barton to within one at 59-60 with 4:32 left.  A 4-0 run by Seward pushed the lead back to five but a Bloomfield trey and Kailai Brantner free throw brought the Cougars back to within one.

In a wild last 1:24, the Cougars missed four free throws down the stretch but Seward converted only one-of-three giving Barton multiple opportunities to seize the lead.  After Jones made one-of-two free throws with eleven seconds, Copeland pushed the ball up to the floor finding Kelsey Keith on the right baseline.  Keith’s dribble drive missed off the front iron and Bloomfiled’s follow attempt was blocked out of bounds by a couple of Lady Saints’ with one second remaining.  After a Seward timeout, Keith’s inbounds pass found Copeland coming off a triple screen on the left side.  The sophomore from Kansas City got a good look from behind the arc but the ball caromed around and out of the cylinder and Seward escaped with the 65-63 win.

Bloomfield’s thirteen points and ten rebounds, her second double-double of the season, led a balanced Barton attack as five Lady Cougars scored in double-digits.  Ashton Bruner and Taschell Phillips each scored twelve while Copeland and Mayes each put up ten. 

Jones led three Lady Saints in double figures with sixteen on 6-of-10 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc.  Madison McLain scored thirteen while also leading Seward in rebounds with six.  Avery Burns put up ten points, nine coming from behind the arc, as she and teammate Bridget Crandall were 6-of-7 from long distance.  Crandall’s 3-of-3 performance was pivotal as she played only five minutes but connected at key times for the Lady Saints. 

Lady Cougars’ upset bid falls short

The Barton Community College women’s basketball team battled from behind most of the night but just couldn’t get over the hump in dropping a 62-55 decision to Cloud County Community College Wednesday at the Barton Gym.   Tied at 43 with 6:34 to play, the Lady T-birds went on a 7-0 run in the following minute to provide the final separation to hold off Barton to remain tied with Garden City for second place in the Jayhawk West standings. The loss drops Barton to seventh place in the standings at 2-6 and 12-9 overall while Cloud improves to 6-2 and 16-6 overall.  The Lady Cougars begin the second half of the conference season on Saturday as they host Seward County Community College in a 5:30 p.m. tip at the Barton Gym.

Erin Copeland continues to be the Lady Cougars main threat since conference play began as she put up a career high twenty points while also dishing out four assists and five steals.  Coming off the bench, Taschell Phillips was the only other Lady Cougar in double-digit scoring with eleven points.  Ta’Kerra Williams tied for game honors in rebounding grabbing twelve with eight of those coming on the offensive glass.

Aleesha Coulter led three Lady T-birds in double digits scoring fifteen, nine coming from behind the arc on 3-of-10 shooting.  Jayna Smith scored fourteen while Pearlrae Thomas recorded a double-double with her ten point twelve rebound performance. 

Second half collapse dooms Lady Cougars in Pratt

After leading by six at halftime, the Barton Community College women’s basketball team suffered a second half collapse in falling to Pratt Community College 68-60 at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena.   The Lady Beavers used a 25-6 run early in the second half to erase an eight point deficit and defeat the Lady Cougars for the third straight time and only sixth in the series history.   Barton’s loss drops them to 2-5 in conference play and 12-8 overall while Pratt improves to 2-5 and 13-8 overall.  The Lady Cougars return to the Barton Gym on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. tilt against Cloud County Community College.

Erin Copeland and Kailai Brantner led three Lady Cougars in double-figures with thirteen points apiece. Blair Bloomfield scored ten and grabbed a team high seven rebounds as Barton was outrebounded twenty-seven to forty-three including giving up seventeen offensive rebounds to the Lady Beavers.

Tatiana Grant led Pratt with twenty points including 10-of-11 from the free throw line as the Lady Beavers outscored Barton by sixteen from the charity stripe.  Hayli Jo Smith scored seventeen as she connected on 11-of-14 from the line.  Ashri Broadwater rounded out Pratt’s double-digit scoring with ten points and collected a team high seven rebounds.

Lady Cougars earn second conference victory with 69-53 defeat of Colby

Barton’s Ashton Bruner, Jennifer Allende, and Erin Copeland look to box out following Colby Community College’s Shantydra Arnold’s free throw attempt in second half action of Barton’s 69-53 win.The Barton Community College women’s basketball team did what it needed to do in earning their second conference game of the year defeating Colby Community College 69-53 Wednesday night at the Barton Gym.  With the victory Barton improves to 2-4 in conference play and 12-7 overall while keeping Colby winless in conference play at 0-7 and dropping the Lady Trojans to 6-15 overall.  The Lady Cougars head to Pratt on Saturday to play Pratt Community College in a 6:00 p.m. tip-off at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena.

Tied at eleven with eleven to play, the Lady Cougars busted the game open with a 17-1 run in the next five minutes.  Colby countered with a 10-0 run to cut the lead back to six but an Erin Copeland long range bomb pushed the back to nine with Barton eventually holding a 35-24 halftime advantage.

Colby cut the deficit to three just four minutes into the second half but a 12-1 Barton run in the next six minutes gave the Lady Cougars the separation it needed. 

Sophomore Erin Copeland put up a career high eighteen points while dishing out seven assists and four steals.  Freshman Ashton Bruner recorded her third double-double of the season with fourteen points and eleven rebounds while also leading the team with five steals.  Coming off the bench Blair Bloomfield also had a solid night scoring twelve points and collecting seven rebounds. 

Kytiana Seals led three Colby players in double-digits by scoring eighteen while Agnese Aramina and Linda Pagrode contributed fifteen and twelve points respectively.

Lady Cougars fall late to top ranked Hutchinson

The Barton Community College women’s basketball team gave the top ranked team in the nation more than expected, as Hutchinson Community College pulled away in the last three minutes to defeat the Lady Cougars 65-56 Wednesday at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.   Down by fourteen with nine minutes to play, the Lady Cougars were within two with 3:30 left before Hutchinson outscored Barton 9-3 down the stretch for the win.   With the loss Barton drops to 1-4 in the Jayhawk West and 11-7 overall while No. 1 Hutchinson improves to 4-0 in conference and 18-0 overall.  Barton will have a week off from action before hosting Colby Community College in a 5:30 p.m. Jayhawk contest on Wednesday January 23 at the Barton Gym.

Taschell Phillips led Barton with sixteen points while Erin Copeland scored thirteen to lead the Lady Cougars in accounting for twenty-nine of the team’s fifty-six points.   The duo was 11-for-23 from the field while the rest of the Lady Cougars were 9-of-34.  From the free throw line the pair combined for 5-of-7 with the rest of the team going 6-of-11.  Ashton Bruner, who leads Barton in scoring but was fighting illness, finished with only four points but led all players in the contest with eleven rebounds.

Aja Sorrells scored fourteen of her twenty points in the second half to lead the Lady Dragons.  Jasmine Patterson, who also had a big second half, scored sixteen while leading Hutchinson in rebounds with nine.  

Cold first half shooting dooms Barton women in loss to Butler

A cold first half shooting for the Barton Community College women’s basketball team was too much to overcome in Saturday’s 74-56 loss at the Barton Gym to Butler Community College.  Shooting just twenty-nine percent in the first half, the Lady Cougars played Butler even in the second half in dropping to 1-3 in the Jayhawk West and 11-6 overall.  Butler, which dropped their first two conference games to nationally ranked opponents, improve to 1-2 and 13-4 overall.   The Lady Cougars return to the conference road on Wednesday to take on No. 1 ranked Hutchinson Community College in a 5:30 p.m. contest at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

Barton’s Erin Copeland defended by Butler Community College’s Carly Bettancourt in second half action of Barton’s 74-56 lossErin Copeland led the Lady Cougars with fourteen points and four assists, her second straight game in double-figures as the sophomore is averaging ten points per game in conference play.  Ta’Kerra Williams’ twelve points was the only other Lady Cougar in double figures and led the teal with three blocks and three steals.  Ashton Bruner put up double digits in rebounding to lead all players with eleven.

Ashlee Ivy’s fifteen points led a balanced Butler attack as four Lady Grizzlies scored in double-digits. Joining Ivy were Shayla Williams, Jamillah Bonner, and Tysia Manual as each finished with ten apiece.   Manuel grabbed seven rounds to lead Butler while she and Ivy tied for the team lead with five steals.  Carly Bettancourt led all players with seven assists while also scoring nine points on seven-of-eight shooting from the free throw line.

Barton women lose at No. 10 Garden City

The Barton Community College women’s basketball team played from behind all night as the Garden City Community College Broncbusters took care of the Lady Cougars 62-44 Wednesday in Garden City.  Barton drops to 1-2 in conference and 11-5 overall as the No. 10 ranked Broncbusters improve to 2-1 and 16-1 overall.  The Lady Cougars look to get back on the winning track at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Barton Gym against Butler Community College as Barton concludes their four-game seven-day stretch.   Butler, who lost a three overtime game to Garden City to open conference play then fell Wednesday night 58-45 to No. 1 Hutchinson, will be seeking their first conference victory as the Grizzlies stand 12-4 on the season.

An Erin Copeland three-pointer and Blair Bloomfield bucket matched Garden City early on but it would be the last time Barton the teams would be tied in the contest.  The Lady Cougars held the Busters to 37% shooting but the problem for Barton was they were worse at only 20% and at the short end of a 28-16 rebound disadvantage.

The second half improved for the Lady Cougars in the shooting and rebound department as Barton had a ten point improvement from the first half.  However the Barton defense wasn’t as solid in the paint in the second frame giving up fourteen points.

Blair Bloomfield was joined by Erin Copeland to lead Barton in scoring with twelve and eleven points respectively.  Ashton Bruner led the Lady Cougars in rebounds with eight to go along with seven points all coming in the second half.

Jessica Goble put up doubles to lead the Broncbusters with sixteen points and ten rebounds.  Deni Jacobs scored 12 while Tamara Jones finished just shy of a double-double with fifteen rebounds and eight points.

Lady Cougars christen Fleske Court with 68-52 win over Dodge City

Playing the first game on the new “L.T. and Sheila Fleske Court”, the Barton Community College women’s basketball team took care of Dodge City Community College 69-52 Monday at the Barton Gym.  Getting a career high sixteen points from Taschell Phillips, the Lady Cougars evened their conference mark at 1-1 and improved to 11-4 on the season while dropping Dodge to 0-2 and 6-10 overall.   Halfway through their four-game seven day stretch, Barton travels to Garden City Community College on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. contest at the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex then host Butler Community College on Saturday.

Consisting of a combined twenty-one first half fouls, neither team was able to establish much of a rhythm in the contest.   The Lady Cougars countered the foul trouble by outscoring Dodge by ten points from the bench play in building a 41-29 halftime lead.  Phillips’s fourteen first half points aided by a three-for-three from behind the arc performance by Brandy Winbush helped the Lady Cougars to the twelve point advantage.  Limiting the Lady Conqs to under 39% from the field, Ashton Bruner controlled the boards in grabbing ten of her team high thirteen rebounds to limit the Lady Conqs second chance opportunities.

A Kelli Tolar trey brought Dodge to within six with twelve minutes to play in the game but a 10-1 Lady Cougar run in the next five minutes put the game away.  Erin Copeland’s two-for-three behind the arc performance along with a strong defensive effort limiting Dodge to 21% second half shooting gave the Lady Cougars its first conference win of the season and open Fleske Court with a victory.

Phillips and Winbush led Barton with sixteen and eleven points respectively as four other Lady Cougars scored eight or more points.  Bruner led the twenty-point Barton rebound advantage with thirteen while Copeland and Kailai Brantner dished out four assists each.

Jameeshia Armstrong led Dodge in scoring with fifteen while Kelli Tolar scored fourteen, ten coming in first half action. 

Lady Cougars drop conference opener

Trailing throughout Saturday’s contest, the Barton Community College women’s basketball team opened up the 2013 Jayhawk Conference season by falling 70-59 to Seward County Community College in Liberal.  Playing their first game since December 9, the Lady Cougars trailed by as many as thirteen against the pre-season conference favorite Lady Saints but battled back numerous times to cut the deficit to four but Seward always had an answer.  Barton drops to 10-4 on the season while Seward improves to 10-4.  The Lady Cougars will debut Barton’s new gym floor “L.T. and Sheila Fleske Court” on Monday as they host Dodge City Community College at 5:30 p.m.  It will be the second game in three days as the Lady Cougars are in the midst of a four-game conference week as Barton will travel to Garden City on Wednesday then host Butler Community College on Saturday.

Ashton Bruner was the lone Lady Cougar reaching double-figures as she score twenty-one while grabbing eight rebounds.  Blair Bloomfield led Barton in rebounding with nine while Kailai Brantner dished out six assists to gain team honors.  Freshman Jackie Bueno stepped up and produced her best game as a Lady Cougar scoring a career high eight points.

Leading the Lady Saints in scoring was Fabiana Monte’s eighteen, twelve coming from behind the arc, as she sparked the Seward attack early.  Marta Oledza, the 6’6” sophomore from Poland, scored sixteen and grabbed a team high nine rebounds.  Ricquia Jones led the Lady Saints on both ends of the floor in dishing out six assists and four steals.

Winbush sparks Lady Cougars’ victory to wrap up fall schedule

Exploding for forty-four second half points, the Barton women’s basketball team finished up the fall portion of their schedule Sunday in Goodland, Kansas with a 70-45 victory over Northwest Kansas Technical College.  The Lady Cougars, who clung to a 26-25 lead at halftime, trailed by five early in the second half before a pair of Blair Bloomfield free throws aided by eight straight points by freshman Brandy Winbush keyed a 12-0 as Barton outscored the Mavericks by twenty-four in the second half.  Barton improves to 10-3 on the season but won’t return to action until a January 5 trip to Liberal, Kansas, to take on Seward County Community College in a 6:00 p.m. tip-off to begin Jayhawk Conference play.

Brandy Winbush led three Lady Cougars in scoring with fourteen points, all coming in the second half and eight coming within a minute stretch in helping the Lady Cougars turn a three-point deficit into a five-point lead.  The Tennessee freshman nailed back-to-back treys from the left corner followed by another long range basket from just inside the arc to key a Barton 12-0 run.  Joining Winbush in double-digit scoring were Ta’Kerra Williams with eleven Taschell Phillips with ten points.

Shannon Watts led the Mavericks in scoring with eighteen as no other player reached double digits for Northwest. 

Copeland’s near triple-double and Phillips’ career high lead Lady Cougars’ close out of historic Barton floor

Despite the final statistics of any game for Erin Copeland, her presence for Barton women’s basketball team drives the Lady Cougars.  Tonight at the Barton Gym the sophomore from Kansas City did as much as she could do in lifting the sluggish Lady Cougars to 82-59 win over the junior varsity squad from McPherson College.  Playing their fourth game in five days and the final game played on the historic Barton Gym floor, the Lady Cougars closed out the surface with a win like their male counterparts did on Saturday night and improve to 9-2 on the season.   With two remaining games on the non-conference schedule, Barton will be replacing the surface in the next month to prepare for the conference home opener January 7.  The Lady Cougars will play their first of two games this Saturday at 6:00 p.m. as they travel to Cowley College looking to avenge their 76-49 defeat at the hands of the Tigers back on November 20 at the Barton Gym.  Barton wrap up the non-conference schedule December 9 in Goodland, Kansas, against Northwest Kansas Technical College.

Copeland, who matched a career high fifteen points in last night’s victory over the Tabor College JV, scored ten points and just missed a triple-double by grabbing nine rebounds and nine assists.  In only twenty-four minutes of court time, Copeland also made 2-of-4 three-pointers and had numerous potential assists throughout the night.

Taschell Phillips led four Lady Cougars in scoring with a career high16 points while collecting 7 rebounds and dishing out six assists.  Ashton Bruner also had a solid night with thirteen points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks.  Payton Scheer, coming off her career high twenty-four points a day earlier, knocked down 4-of-5 from the behind the arc to finish with twelve points.  Jackie Bueno, who did not score in the contest, led Barton with ten rebounds and four blocks in twenty-one minutes of action.

Lady Cougars dominate second half for 74-60 victory

Facing an early ten-point second half deficit, the Lady Cougars exploded for forty-eight points in the last eighteen minutes to defeat the junior varsity squad from Tabor College 74-60 Monday night in Hillsboro, KS.  Barton improves to 8-2 on the season and will play again Tuesday evening against the McPherson College Junior Varsity in a 5:30 p.m. tip at the Barton Gym.   It will be the last game played on the historic gym floor as Barton will be replacing the surface in time for the Lady Cougars’ home conference opener on January 7.

Barton owned an early five point lead but it was the last lead for the Lady Cougars as Tabor won the last sixteen minutes 26-15.  Despite outshooting the Blue Jays 33% to 19%, Barton was slow on the defensive end and sent Tabor to the free-throw line twenty times with the Blue Jays accumulating eighteen points from the charity stripe.  Additionally Tabor collected twelve first half offensive rebounds resulting in fourteen points and forced Barton into thirteen turnovers.

The Lady Cougars finally started to get rolling in the second half after trailing by ten at the 18:24 mark, the second time Barton trailed by double-digits in the game.  A 5-0 run cut the lead in half but Tabor answered with five points from Mallory Zuercher to lead 41-32 with 16:31 to play.

Back-to-back three pointers by Blair Bloomfield and Payton Scheer followed by an Erin Copeland steal resulting in a Kelsey Keith layup drew the Lady Cougars to within one with 14:18 remaining.  Scoreless for the next two minutes, Barton took the lead when Ashton Bruner hauled down a Zuercher missed shot and went coast-to-coast for the layup.

The teams traded leads for the next three minutes until Tabor stretched the lead to five with 8:21 to play.  Copeland, who scored twelve of her career high fifteen points in the second half, started the Barton late dominance with a 5-0 run as she knocked down a three-pointer then followed with a layup as Ta’Kerra Williams found her cutting through the lane.  Tabor was able to tie it back up at 55 with 6:20 to play but back-to-back treys by Copeland and Bloomfield highlighted Barton closing with a 19-5 run to win the road non-conference contest.

Clutch down the stretch, Lady Cougars pull out late road victory

The Barton women’s basketball team needed some key late plays by a couple of sophomores to pick up a 47-44 road non-conference victory Tuesday over Kansas City Kansas Community College.  With the win Barton improves to 5-1 on the season while giving KCK its first loss and dropping them to 3-1.  Barton will take the week off from competition until it hosts Cowley College next Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. tilt at the Barton Gym. 

Trailing by one with under a minute to play, the Cougars went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe and used stifling defense to earn the victory over the Blue Devils.  Sophomore Erin Copeland, a Kansas City native, connected on the first of her one-on-one free throw opportunity then sank the second giving the Cougars a one-point lead with thirty-five seconds remaining.  The Lady Cougar defense stiffened down the stretch forcing an off-balance shot rebounded by sophomore Ta’Kerra Williams.  Fouled on the play, Williams delivered the knock-out punch making both free throws with 4.6 seconds left.  The Blue Devils were able to get off a desperation attempt to tie but to no avail and Barton escaped with the victory.

Copeland led the Lady Cougars in scoring with twelve points and just missed a double-double finishing with nine rebounds.  Williams, who was the only other Lady Cougar in double-digit scoring, finished with ten points but grabbed thirteen rebounds to record her first career double-double.   Brittan Clement and Bailey West led a balanced Blue Devil offense with eight points each.

Despite a cold 26% percent shooting from the floor compared to 45% shooting from the Blue Devils, Barton controlled the boards and free throw line.  The Lady Cougars outrebounded KCK 45-31 with an astounding 22 coming on the offensive end.   Getting to the line 28 times to KCK’s 6, Barton outscored the Blue Devils by ten despite shooting only 46%.

Historical records broke as the Lady Cougars pick up a pair of wins over the weekend

The Barton women’s basketball team picked up two wins at the Brown Mackie Classic over the weekend held in Salina.  On Friday the Lady Cougars shook off a sluggish first thirty minutes to pull away from the Kansas Wesleyan Junior Varsity team 74-63.  Saturday the Lady Cougars mauled a mismatched Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture 89-3.  Barton improves to 4-1 on the season leading into Tuesday’s 5:00 p.m. road game at Kansas City Community College. 

Friday – Kansas Wesleyan JV
Trailing by one at halftime in Friday’s contest, the Lady Cougars were not able to pull away from the Coyotes until Erin Copeland’s trey gave Barton the lead with 8:16 remaining.  From there the Barton defense limited the Coyotes to thirteen points and twenty-seven percent second half shooting in the 75-63 win.

Sophomore Blair Bloomfield led three Lady Cougars in double-digit scoring with eighteen points and eleven rebounds while fellow sophomores Erin Copeland and Ta’Kerra Williams each contributed thirteen and eleven respectively. 

Saturday – Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
The Lady Cougars jumped out to a twenty-six point advantage before the Aggies could break into the scoring column.  McPherson freshman Ashton Bruner scored sixteen of her team leading twenty points in the first half as Barton held a commanding 53-1 intermission advantage in route to the historical 89-3 victory. 

In addition to Bruner, fellow freshmen Taylor Mayes and Tomiaya Graham also scored in double-figures with thirteen and ten points respectively as each Lady Cougar scored at least two points.

History made
Two historical records fell in Saturday’s victory over the non-NJCAA school.  The three points allowed were the fewest since Barton limited Lincoln School of Commerce to eighteen points on November 30, 2002.  Committing only one turnover, the Lady Cougars also set the record bettering the five turnovers against Marathon County on November 22, 2007.

With official statistics pending, Barton also entered the record book in three other categories.  The eighty-six point margin of victory tied for the third largest spread, just three behind the eighty-nine points set in the Lady Cougars’ 108-19 win over Seward County Community College on February 12, 1983.  Barton also put up the third best marks in field goal percentage at .625 and three-point shooting percentage at .600.  

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Schedule / Results

February 9
Conference Play
lost to Garden City 66-61
at Barton

February 11
Conference Play
lost to Butler 75-62
at El Dorado, KS

February 13
Conference Play
lost to Hutchinson CC
104-64 at Barton

February 20
Conference Play
1pm vs Colby CC
at Colby, KS

February 23
Conference Play
def Pratt 64-60
at Barton

February 24
Conference Play
lost to Colby 59-53
at Colby, KS

February 27
Conference Play
lost to Cloud CC 52-38
at Concordia, KS
*End of regular season*

March 2
Region VI Playoffs - 1st Rd
lost 69-59 vs Independence
at Independence, KS

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