It was an emotional night, but Coffeyville would find the effort needed to win two more games Wednesday, with the women picking up the 72-53 victory over Independence and the men handling the Pirates 77-74.
The Coffeyville women didn't have it easy at first. The Red Ravens would fall behind by as much as 6 points during the first half, but an absolutely brilliant plan to get the ball inside fed Faith Simpson early. Coffeyville would swing for the lead with a few minutes left until the half, and would hold onto that lead until the end of the game. Despite not having the size advantage down low, Simpson and Markowska would control the boards all night long, winning the rebounding battle against Indy's leading scorer, Brittany Reeves. Simpson would finish with 26 points on the night, and was joined in double digits by McKenzie Murrel-Patton, who found open space for multiple three-point shots.
The men's game was about as close as a game could get. The two teams traded leads multiple times throughout the game, but it was Independence that would head into halftime with the lead. Things would stay close in the second half, but Coffeyville would find a lead here and there and keep themselves alive. Leading by three with 6 seconds left, a deep three from TJ Collins would rim out, and the ensuing rebound by Larry White allowed the Red Ravens to pick up their 20th victory of the season. On a more serious note, a scary moment came with 3 minutes left in the contest, as Manny Crump collided hard with the tiled wall on the side of the ICC gym. He was carried off on a stretcher. We will have an update on his status when we get one.
With the two victories, the Coffeyville women improve to 23-5 on the season and 13-5 in Jayhawk Conference play. The men improve their status to 20-8 and 12-6 in the conference. A matchup with Neosho County awaits Coffeyville on Saturday, and then the regular season will wrap up next Wednesday against Butler.