The Barton Community College women’s basketball team was outscored down the stretch Saturday night losing 65-59 at Pratt Community College. The Lady Cougars led by eight with five minutes to play but were outscored 18-4 the rest of the way including 11-1 in the final three minutes to drop their third straight game at the Dennis Lesh Sports Arena. Still controlling the fourth spot in the conference standings with one game left to play, Barton drops to 7-8 in the West and 17-10 while Pratt’s hopes remain alive to catch the Lady Cougars improving to 6-9 and 16-13. Barton will wrap up the regular season on Wednesday as the Lady Cougars host Cloud County Community College in a 5:30 p.m. tip.
Phikala Anthony led three Lady Cougars in double digit scoring with fourteen points with a team leading eight rebounds and two steals. Dominique Baker and Ciera Lampe scored ten points while Indiah Cauley led a twenty-one assist team effort with six.
Kajaira Mays led four Pratt players in double digits with fourteen while Teairra Luckett added thirteen to go along with her team high four assists. Aubree Nuest scored all twelve of her points in second half action including draining 5-of-6 late free throws and led in steals with three. Karissa Pena, who came up with a big steal under a minute to play and the Lady Beavers trying to protect a one-point lead, finished with eleven and a team high six rebounds.
Phikala Anthony continued her climb in the Barton record books for free throw shooting. Going 6-of-10 from the line in the game, Anthony moved into sole possession of third place in both the single season (139) and career (213) charts. Anthony also moved up to fourth place single season attempts with 179 and into a third place tie with Netanya Jackson on the career attempts with 281. Anthony also holds a slim lead for the third spot for single season free throw shooting at 77.6%.
On a team note, Anthony and the Lady Cougars are on the verge of setting the school record in free throw percentage throughout the season. Barton made 12-of-19 from the stripe against Pratt bringing their season total to 432 out of 599, good for 72.1% far exceeding the 70% mark set in the 2006-07 season.