A game featuring numerous lead changes, clutch shooting, and big defensive stops the Barton Community College women’s basketball team made just enough decisive plays on both ends of the floor to come out on the upside of a 91-88 victory Saturday over host Otero Junior College in the Holiday Inn Classic. As the teams combined for 60-of-79 shooting from the charity stripe, none came any larger than a pair of clutch free throws by sophomore Phikala Anthony with .8 seconds remaining to force overtime. Barton then raced off to a 5-0 start in the extra frame but Otero kept striking back as the Lady Cougars would need a host of team contributions and survived multiple Otero treys in the final seconds to win their fifth straight improving to 5-1 on the season while dropping the Lady Rattlers to 1-5. Barton will return to the friendly confines of the Barton Gym on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. tip against the junior varsity squad from Sterling College, with the men also taking on the Warriors in the 7:30 p.m. contest.
Katrina Roenfeldt led three Lady Cougars in double-digit scoring with twenty-two as the freshman knocked down 4-of-7 from behind the arc and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Coming off a career high twenty-seven the night previous, Phikala Anthony recorded her first career double-double with twenty-one points and twelve rebounds. Brandi Williams‘ solid 7-of-9 from the floor led the Ohio freshman to a career high fifteen while Mississippi freshman Dominique Baker also posted a career high in assists with five dimes.