On the road against top ranked NIACC, the Spartans had a difficult time with ball control. The Trojans forced 31 or the Spartan’s 39 turnovers in the first-half, taking a 56-11 lead into the locker room. The final score was NIACC 99, Spartans 42. Jill Vanderhoof scored a game high 10 points and pulled in five rebounds.
A very balanced scoring attack from Iowa Central saw several of their starters and bench players hit double-digits in scoring. Head Coach Addae Houston said, “We actually shot the ball really well for the game but most of our scoring came in the second half putting up 39 points. The deficit was just too great and it’s hard to defend a team on when everyone on their team is just hitting shots.”
A combination of poor shooting and turnovers against Southeast created a large deficit for the Spartans to overcome. The first half ended with the Spartans down 38-14. In the second half, the Spartan shooting was much improved as they outscored them 25-22 but it was too little too late. The final score left the Spartans with another loss, 61-39. Freshman Peyton Russell ended the game with 11 points and five rebounds. Sophomore Darian Polson led the team in scoring with 12 points and five rebounds.
The Spartans went in at half time against Ellsworth down six with the score being 27-21, but the biggest problem was stopping them from getting offensive rebounds for second chance opportunities. Ellsworth out-rebounded the Spartans and 19 of their 41 rebounds were offensive. The spartans lost 71-51.
Head Coach Addae Houston said, “We did a better job of keeping them from getting offensive rebounds in the second half, but they got hot from three and that helped created big enough lead that we could not recover from.”
The Spartans hosted the DMACC Bears on February 12 and lost 74-41. The Bear’s strong three-point shooting gave them control of most of the game, hitting a total of nine from behind the arc and nearly 40 percent from the field. Head Coach Addae Houston said, “I though we battled hard against them for 40 minutes but we could not hit shots that may have kept the game close.”
Morgan Knorr lead the team with 12 points.
In Mason City Saturday, February 22, Southwestern battled into halftime trailing 31-27, but could not maintain its defensive energy in the second half, succumbing to North Iowa Area, 78-59. Foul differential plagued the Spartans in both halves, as the Trojans attempted 29 free throws to eight by Southwestern. Consistent pressure forced turnovers from an otherwise efficient offense for the Spartans; however, defensive rebounding was eventually exploited. Where the Spartans allowed only three offensive rebounds in the first half, North Iowa Area grabbed 16 second chances in the second frame.
Tanner Kellogg grabbed 10 total rebounds on the evening for Southwestern. Nick Lenhard handed out seven assists. Elliott Hamdeed was an efficient 7-11 from the floor and 5-7 from the line. Southwestern next plays a makeup game with Clinton Tuesday. The game is in Clinton and tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Spartans struggled with an unexpected slow start against Southeastern. They eventually found themselves on the losing end of a 63-41 final. Head Coach Addae Houston said, "I thought we had practice well leading into that game but we had too many unforced turnovers in the first half and that allowed them to take control of the game."
First half score was 36-9. In the second half we shot the ball better and limited our turnovers but the lead was too much to overcome. Darian Polson lead all scorers with 14 points along with eight rebounds. Morgan Knorr also contributed 11 points and two steals.
Southwestern’s annual Transfer Day will be held this Wed., February 26, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., in room 180 of the Instructional Center. At Transfer Day, SWCC students and advisors have opportunities to talk with transfer representatives from many four year colleges and universities.
The DNR Regulations for Your Farm livestock producer workshop originally scheduled for this evening, February 20, 2014, has been POSTPONED to Tues., March 4, 2014, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Allied Health and Science Center on the SWCC campus.
For more information, please contact Francine Ide, SWCC ag instructor.
Creston—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.
During the meeting, the board held public hearings for numerous construction projects related to Spartan Court, the new three-story residence hall currently under construction on the college’s campus.
- Clinton Game Moved to Thursday
- Hot Shooting Downs Spartans
- Phil Mattson and Michele Weir to Headline SWCC Vocal Jazz Festival
- SWCC Pink Out Planned for February 19
- SWCC Ag Students Place at Statewide Contest
- Spartan Women Compete in Grinnell
- Spartan Men Third in Grinnell
- Osceola Carpentry Program Hosting Chili Feed
- Drama Club Auditions Today and Tomorrow
- Springfield Runner Signs with Spartans