Homecoming weekend welcomed two Midwest Christian College Conference opponents to Hockett Auditorium. On Friday Calvary Bible College (Belton, Mo.) was in town and Saturday Ozark Christian College (Joplin, Mo.) was the featured opponent for Barclay College’s Homecoming ceremonies.
Friday night, the Lady Bears took on the Warriors of Calvary. Two weeks prior, the Warriors won a 6 point game in Belton that came down to the wire. The game Friday had a similar feel to it as it unfolded. While the Bears held a six to seven point lead through most of the game, the lead dwindled as the Warriors hit clutch shot after clutch shot. With two seconds left on the clock and the game tied, the Lady Bears were unable to connect on a pair of free throws. Overtime ensued. Both teams remained neck and neck for the overtime session with most of the points coming from the free throw line. However, when the final buzzer sounded, the Lady Bears had come up a little short, 62-64.
The Bears were led by junior RaeLyn Epp (Corn, Okla.) and junior Shandy Edenborough (Goodwell, Okla.) with 22 points apiece. Senior Kaylee Kershner (Great Bend, Kan.) added seven, while junior Emily Entz (Newton, Kan.) and senior Katelyn Ogle (Haviland, Kan.) chipped in six and five points respectively off the bench.
Ozark Christian College came to town Saturday afternoon for “Senior Night”. The Lady Bears were eager for win after a couple heart-breaking loses and came out of the gates ready to make amends. Again, the Lady Bears were able to build and maintain a six to seven point lead for most of the game. Ozark Christian was able to narrow the lead to two on several occasions in the second half, but this time the Lady Bears were able to hold them off for a 79-73 win. It was the Bears first MCCC win as they wind down the regular season.
Senior Morgan Stander (Omaha, Neb.) saved her best for her last regular season home game. She led all scorers with a career high 22 points followed by Kershner with a career high 19. Edenborough had 15 points and 12 rebounds while freshman Brittney McDowell (Fowler, Kan.) put in 13. Epp added eight points, going 6-6 from the free throw line and Ogle chipped in five points, two assists, and three steals.
The Lady Bears continue play next weekend at noon in Broken Arrow, Okla. against Rhema Bible College and at noon against Ecclesia College in Springdale, Ark. on Saturday to finish out the regular season.