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Saturday night the Pratt Community College women’s basketball team took on Barton.
The girls were down eight at the half due to a late half run by Barton. To start the second half the girls cut the deficit to four or five before Barton responded with another run of their own. With Nina Spence in foul trouble most of the night, the women relied heavily on several freshmen to step up and take on a bigger role. They responded.
Down eight with around four minutes to go, Teairra Luckett and Aubree Nuest hit back-to-back three pointers. The next possession Luckett got a steal and assist to freshman Tina Sellin.
“The last minute was as intense of a game as I’ve been involved with,” said Head Coach Stephanie Thompson. “The ladies did a great job of executing with the game on the line.”
Four Beavers were in double figures (Kajaira Mays with 14, Luckett with 13, Nuest with 12 and Karissa Pena with 11). The Beavers were able to dish out 18 assists on 11 turnovers and force Barton into 22 turnovers.
The Beavers held Barton to just one free-throw down the stretch and outscored the Cougars 41-27 in the second half. Critical free-throws, a huge steal by Pena, and a technical foul on Barton’s coach sealed the deal for the Beavers. Final score 65-59. Record 16-13 and 6-9 in the Jayhawk Conference.
The Beavers travel to Colby on Wednesday. With a win and another Barton loss to Cloud at home, the Beavers could host Northwest Tech on Saturday in the Beaver Dome. If Barton beats Cloud, Pratt will travel to Neosho on Saturday for the first round of Region 6.