The Red Raven women’s basketball team did just enough to win Wednesday night, defeating Garden City 55-53.
The Garden City women came into Wednesday’s ball game allowing just 51 points a game, and that prolific defense showed itself once again against the Ravens. Both teams, while shooting rather well from the field, were limited in their amount of chances to score, leading to a paltry first quarter score of 18-16 in favor of Coffeyville. Things would slow down further in the ensuing quarter, giving the Ravens a small halftime lead of 27-25.
Coffeyville held onto that lead for most of the second half, but the Broncbusters did not go quietly into the night. An 11-0 run tied the game up at 51 with just a couple of minutes to go. However, the comeback tale was not one to be told, as Coffeyville’s Faith Simpson scored the go-ahead bucket with just 30 seconds remaining. A missed Broncbuster shot led to free throws for Dariauna Carter, but only one of the two fell through, giving Garden City a chance to tie with a three-pointer.
The Ravens just narrowly escaped disaster as Garden City’s Alexis Smith drilled a step-back shot on the other end of the floor. However, her foot was ruled to be on the line, letting Coffeyville maintain a 1-point lead. Simpson hit a final free throw on the other end of the floor, Keilani Neves’ half-court heave struck the ceiling of Nellis Hall, and the women emerged victorious at 55-53.
Simpson led all scorers with 21 points and 11 rebounds, yet another double-double added to her total this season. The Red Ravens are now 13-5 on the season and 7-5 in Jayhawk Conference play.