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Lady Cougars overcome early deficit against Kansas Wesleyan JV
Junior College Basketball
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SALINA — The Barton Community College women’s basketball team had to overcome something it hadn’t faced this season on Saturday afternoon at the Brown Mackie Classic — a halftime deficit.
The Lady Cougars had been living the high life through their first four games of the season, but found themselves trailing 33-27 at intermission against the Kansas Wesleyan JV.
Barton responded with 46 points in the second half to win 73-56.
“It’s the first time all season we’ve been down at halftime,” Barton head coach Carter Kruger said. “We just didn’t execute offensively in the first half. On defense, we did a lot of things that we had talked about not doing, like helping off shooters.
“We played much better on defense in the second half. We started to get into a rhythm offensively, and things just spiralled for us.”
The Lady Cougars improve to 5-0 on the season with the win.
Ashton Bruner exploded for 25 points, shooting 10-for-11 from the field. She also had a team-leading nine rebounds.
“She had a nice game,” Kruger said. “She got out to a rough start. She made some hurried decisions in the first half, getting some turnovers, but she really played well in the second half. She got out and made some plays in transition.”
Brandy Winbush came off the bench to score 11 points, the only other Lady Cougars player in double figures. Winbush was 3-for-6 from 3-point range.

Friday
Barton 90, St. Mary’s JV 63
Barton cruised to a 22-point lead by halftime on their way to a 27-point win to open the Brown Mackie Classic.
Even with the lead, Kruger said he wasn’t happy with how his team played with the massive lead.
“The second half was sloppy,” Kruger said. “We didn’t quite compete the way we wanted to. Defensively, we had some breakdowns that kept us from really adding to our lead in the second half.”
Bruner led Barton scorers with 16 points.
Cheyenne Hedrington was 7-for-10 from the field for the Lady Cougars, recording 15 points and a team-leading eight rebounds.
Phikala Anthony had 14 points, going 5 of 5 from the free-throw line, and Winbush added 12 points for Barton.

                         — Kevin Price

JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Brown Mackie Classic

WOMEN

Saturday

At Salina

Barton 73, Kansas Wesleyan JV 56
BARTON (5-0)
     Ashton Bruner 10-11 5-11 25, Cheyenne Hedrington 4-5 1-3 9, Taylor Mayes 4-8 0-0 8, Sharyce Warren 1-2 2-2 5, Mariana Lambert 1-6 0-0 3, Brandy Winbush 4-8 0-0 11, Alexis Ryan 0-0 0-0 0, Victoria Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Phikala Anthony 2-5 3-4 7, Bethany Bowman 0-0 0-0 0, Ciera Lampe 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 28-49 11-20 73.
WESLEYAN JV
     Katie Smith 3-7 1-3 7, Heather Cleveland 3-5 2-3 10, Chelsea Ebenkamp 3-10 6-6 12, Jayden Dennis 4-8 3-3 11, Tiffany Cleveland 1-4 0-1 2, Bayleigh Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Casey Ealey 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Friend 1-4 0-0 3, Kora Bergstrom 2-8 1-1 5, Brittany Kirchhoff 1-4 1-2 3, Cara Champerlain 0-3 0-0 0, Sausha McPherson 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 19-54 14-17 56.
     Halftime — Wesleyan JV 33, Barton 27. Three-point goals — Barton 6-13 (Winbush 3-6, Warren 1-2, Lambert 1-1, Lampe 1-2, Antho0ny 0-2); Wesleyan JV (). Rebounds — Barton 30 (Bruner 9); Wesleyan JV 4-14 (H. Cleveland 2-3, Smith 1-3, Friend 1-2, Ebenkamp 0-1, Dennis 0-1, T. Cleveland 0-1, Bergstrom 0-1, Kirchhoff 0-1, Champerlain 0-1). Assists — Barton 20 (Warren 8); Wesleyan JV 13 (Smith 4). Steals — Barton 9 (Bruner, Hedrington 2); Wesleyan JV 7 (Smith, Ebenkamp 3). Total fouls — Barton 23; Wesleyan JV 19. Turnovers — Barton 19; Wesleyan JV 25.

Friday

Barton 90, St. Mary’s JV 63
ST. MARY’S JV
     Allison Zaldivar 0-7 0-0 0, Shanice Palmer 1-1 4-4 6, Kiara Donaldson 2-3 2-4 8, Mariah Marusak 0-4 3-5 3, Ariana Frantz 2-4 0-1 5, Stanja Gordon 0-5 2-2 2, Connolly Huddleston 4-12 0-0 11, Ebonee Rhymes 4-12 8-13 16, Adrianna Brown 0-5 1-2 1, Summer Frantz 1-4 1-4 3, Cristina Perez 2-4 2-2 7, Jade Hart4ke 0-2 1-4 1, Erin Marx 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-63 23-37 63.
BARTON (4-0)
     Ashton Bruner 7-11 2-3 16, Cheyenne Hedrington 7-10 1-4 15, Tayrlor Mayes 4-6 0-0 8, Kailai Brantner 2-4 0-0 4, Mariana Lambert 2-10 0-0 4, Sharyce Warren 2-5 3-4 8, Brandy Winbush 4-6 2-3 12, Alexis Ryan 1-2 1-2 3, Victoria Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Raven Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Phikala Anthony 4-7 5-5, Bethany Bowman 2-7 0-1 4, Ciera Lamp 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 36-70 14-22 90.
     Halftime — Barton 48, St. Mary’s 26. Three-point goals — St. Mary’s 8-34 (Huddleston 3-9, Donaldson 2-3, S. Frantz 1-4, A. Frantz 1-3, Perez 1-2, Zaldivar 0-6, Marusak 0-2, Rhymes 0-2, Brown 0-2, Hartke 0-1); Barton 4-16 (Winbush 2-4, Warren 1-4, Anthony 1-3, Lambert 0-4, Hedrington 0-1). Rebounds — St. Mary’s 36 (Hartke 5); Barton 56 (Hedrington 8). Assists — St. Mary’s 6 (Donaldson, Marusak, A. Frantz, Gordon, Huddleston, Rhymes, Brown 1); Barton 18 (Winbush 5). Steals — St. Mary’s 10 (A. Frantz 3); Barton 12 (Bruner, Lambert, Warren, Ryan, Anthony 2). Total fouls — St. Mary’s 24; Barton 22. Turnovers — St. Mary’s 28; Barton 26.