Warriors Challenge Late, but Unable to Pass Lions

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

Franklin Springs, GA – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Emmanuel Lions on Wednesday night in a 74-63 final.

The Warriors shot 36.7% from the field in the loss to the Lions on Wednesday.  Emily Waters led the team with 17 points.  She was followed by Tanayja Williams with 14 and Iva Krstevska with 13.  Three Warriors recorded two assists during the game.  Southern Wesleyan recorded 38 rebounds with Waters leading the team with 10 to give her a double-double.  The Warriors posted three steals and Waters led the team with three blocks.


Game Vitals

Final: Emmanuel 74, Southern Wesleyan 63

Records: Southern Wesleyan (6-10 / CC 1-7) Emmanuel (10-5 / CC 5-3)


How It Happened

Southern Wesleyan and Emmanuel battled it out in the first few minutes of play, with the game remaining scoreless until the eight minute mark as the Lions took the lead on a layup by Hope Forrester.  Southern Wesleyan countered with a layup by Lisana Burnett to tie the game 2-2.  Emmanuel continued to fight ahead as Lochlain Corliss made a layup to give them an eight point advantage.  Southern Wesleyan ended their scoring drought as Iva Krstevska made a layup to cut the Lions lead to 4-16.

The Warriors kicked off the second quarter with free throws by Iva Krstevska as she was fouled on a three point shot by Emily Dreslinski to cut the Lions lead to 12-22.  The Warriors defense continued to fight the Lions, keeping them scoreless for the first five minutes of the second quarter.  A layup by Lonesha Lee allowed the Warriors to come to within nine of Emmanuel.  A three point jump shot by Tanayja Williams and a layup by Denisha Hall allowed the Warriors to come to 28-33 at the half.

Emmanuel kicked off the third quarter with back-to-back three point baskets by Hanna Grogan and Marina Bendala to take a 39-28 point advantage.  A jump shot by Iva Krstevska kept the Warriors within 11-points of the Lions.  Layups by Emily Waters and Tanayja Williams kept the Warriors within ten points of Emmanuel.

The Warriors scored first in the final quarter of the match up as Tanayja Williams made free throws to put them down eight points.  Iva Krstevska sunk a layup to put Southern Wesleyan down 51-59.  Despite back-to-back three point baskets by the Lions, the Warriors continued to put on the pressure as Tanayja Williams made a three point shot to keep Southern Wesleyan within 10-points.  Emmanuel won the game in a 74-63 final.


What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will remain on the road on January 19 as they travel to Gaffney, SC to take on the Limestone Saints at 2 p.m.  They will then return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on January 21 to host the Lees-McRae Bobcats at 5:30 p.m.