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Created: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 2:42 pm

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After their last game against nationally ranked Highland CC, the Spartans little time to ready themselves to host Graceland JV on Monday, November 18. The Spartans, growing as a team, jumped out early and held on for the win, 74-63.

Head Coach Addae Houston said, “We came out at the start of the game executing our offense really well and getting the shots we wanted. That allowed us to take big lead earlier on.”

The Spartans took their strong first half into the locker room with a 32-17 lead. After the break the Spartan’s shooting remained strong. Their defense, however, started to struggle as the Yellow Jacket offence scored an impressive 46 second-half points.

Houston commented, “We have to continue to get better at finishing when we have leads late in the game and I think that will come with more experience.”

Sophomores Morgan Knorr and Darian Polson showed their experience on the floor. Knorr had a season high with 23 points along with five rebounds, and three assist. Polson recorded a double-double with 14 points and ten rebounds.

Houston continued, “Polson and Knorr have continued to play well and lead our team this year. I can’t say enough about the job they have done. Even though it’s early in the season and we still have a long way to go they have been great leaders on and off the court.”

Read more: Spartan Women Hang on for Second Win

Created: Monday, November 18, 2013 10:34 am

The Spartan women’s basketball team knew they would have a tough time hosting the eighth ranked Highland CC. The Spartans struggled with keeping possession of the ball against the strong defensive pressure of the Scotties and lost the game 42-93.

Head coach Addae Houston said, "Highland was a very tough match-up for us. They are a very fast and athletic and Coach Smith does a great job of getting his team to pressure the ball and force turnovers. We did not handle their press well for the majority of the game and they forced us to turn the ball over way too much which lead to easy baskets for them. Despite the score we never quit and kept fighting for the entire game. I was really proud of the way Rhecie Lee has continued to play well for us off the bench because she brings a ton of energy into the game and is really active on the defensive end. Lee finished the game with eight points, four steals, and three rebounds. Sometimes a loss like this against such a good opponent can be good for your team because it gives you an idea of how your players and team need to improve."

The Spartans will play next Monday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m., when they will host Graceeland JV.

Read more: Spartans Defeated by #8 Highland CC

Created: Friday, November 15, 2013 2:12 pm

The Spartan women’s basketball team overcame a huge hurdle at Grand View on Tursday, November 14. Their 59-55 victory brought the program’s 34 game losing streak to an end.

The start of the game was slow for both teams as both sides struggled to shoot the ball early on. Grand View’s full-court press made the difference in the first half. The Vikings forced the Spartans to give up 13 turnovers and had an eight point lead 30-22 going into the locker room.

Head coach Addae Houston commented, “We did not play very well in the first half and the turnovers were a big factor, but our lack of rebounding gave them too many second chance opportunities that they were able to convert. I was very disappointed with our effort going into the after the first half but the team responded with great effort and intensity in the second half rebounding the basketball and playing solid defense. I am so proud of the way the team continued to fight for 40 minutes.”

The Spartans were able to overcome a 10 point deficit and take the lead with less than three minutes to go in the game. They maintained that lead with solid shooting from the free-throw line late in the game.

Houston continued, “Jill Vanderhoof hit two big free-throws with around five seconds to go that gave us a four point lead to help us win the game. Although so many players played well in the game tonight, Sophomores Morgan Knorr and Darian Polson help carry our team to a great win. Both players nearly had a double-double in the game.”

Read more: Losing Skid Comes to End

Created: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:13 am

The Spartan women started well, opening up an early double digit lead against North Central Missouri College on Saturday, November 9 in Trenton, MO.

Head coach Addae Houston said, “We did a great job of executing the offense getting the shots we wanted and playing very aggressive on the defensive end to get stops and create turnovers.”

The Spartans held the lead in the first half going into the locker room with a 31-28 lead. Morgan Knorr led the way for the team with 11 first half points.

Read more: Spartans Surge Early, Fall Late