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Created: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 8:35 am

Little changed for the Spartans from the previous week when they traveled to play the eighth ranked Highland Community College on Saturday, November 23. The Scotties early defensive pressure gave them a solid 36-9 lead going into the locker room at the half. The Spartan were able to make some offensive improvements in the second half, scoring 24, but it was far too little too late. The Scotties won the game 83-33.

Head coach Addae Houston said, “Highland’s pressure once again took us out of the game early with consistent trapping from start to finish. Handling pressure is definitely a weakness of ours that we have to get better at as we approach the conference season.”

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Created: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:19 am

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The Spartan narrowly let their lead from the majority of the game slip away in the final minutes of their contest with the visiting North Central Missouri College Pirates on Wednesday, November 20. A combination of missed free-throws, a series of missed last-minute shots, and the Pirates raining in seven three pointers in the second half, left the Spartans on the losing end of a 55-53 final score.

Head Coach Addae Houston commented, "Once again the first half of the game was good for us. We played solid defense and stuck to the game plan; limit their three-point shooting and contain the post play inside. We led at the half 27-18 without giving up a single three pointer."

"We have to break the streak of not being a second-half team and learn to play for forty minutes mainly on the defensive end. Unfortunately it is the one area that our team has been consistent at, and we will not be able to be the team that I know we are capable of being until we learn how to put teams away when we are ahead."

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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.”

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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.

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