It took a while for the Pratt Community College Lady Beavers to find their shooting groove against Neosho County Community College Wednesday night at the Beaver Dome. With only two points at the 6-minute mark in the first quarter, the Beavers fell behind Neosho who found their 3-point range early and took a lead that they hung on to throughout the first period of play. Beaver Janell Douvier finally cracked the scoring barrier with the first of her three 3-pointers.
The Beavers began fighting their way back into the game but the Panthers, who had a height advantage, would answer every basket. The Beavers had to work their way clear for shots on the perimeter and underneath. At the end of the first period, Neosho led 23-16. While the Beavers struggled to find the basket, the Panthers hit 10-24 for three pointers in the first half, with Neosho leading 42-33.
The Beavers hit the offensive glass hard and got second and third chance shots against an intense defensive pressure from the Panthers. The Neosho surged ahead but the Beavers played tough defense and kept the lead to single digits.
The Beavers kept pace with the Panthers through the second and third period but in the fourth, the Panthers built a 10-point lead thanks to 53 percent for field goals, 100 percent for 3-pointers and 87 percent from the free throw line.
The Panthers continued find success from 3-point land and built a lead the Beavers could not overcome. The Beavers ended their season with an 84-64 loss to the Panthers.
Coach John Ishee said he was proud of the way his team played and said they shot the ball really well. The team ended tied for third in the Jayhawk conference. They played hard and improved their play to a point where they had their second consecutive winning season in a row in both the Jayhawk Conference and their overall record.
“This is a grueling conference,” Ishee said.
Rylee Alexander and Janelle Douvier have been strong players all year and they have a bright future. They both stepped up for this game. All the PCC sophomores on the team have put in hard work, Ishee said.
As a team, the Beavers hit 23-83 for 27 percent field goals, 9-32 for 28 percent for three pointers and were 50 percent from the free throw line at 9-18. They had 18 points in the paint, 12 points off turnovers, 11 second chance points and 9 bench points. They out rebounded the Panthers 59-40.
Rylee Alexander led the Beavers with a double-double with 20 points. She went 6-13 field goals, 3-8 for 3-pointers, 5-6 free throws, had 21 rebounds and 2 steals.
Janell Douvier also had a double-double with 19 points from 7-17 field goals, 3-6 3-pointers, 2-6 free throws and 15 rebounds.
Tytiana Haamid had 8 points and 11 rebounds. Dymond McElrath 5 points, 1 rebound; Eva Sanchez 5 points, 6 rebounds; Rachel Tippens 3 points, 2 rebounds; Hope Moon 3 points, 1 rebound; Jazmin George 1 point, 2 rebounds.