Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Converse Valkyries in a heartbreaking 70-65 final on Wednesday afternoon.
Southern Wesleyan shot 43% from the field in the loss to Converse. Three Warriors posted double digits with Emily Waters leading the team with 21 points. Waters was followed by Iva Krstevska with 14 and Denisha Hall with 10. Krstevska went on to lead the team with six of the 13 assists. The Warriors recorded 38 rebounds with four ladies leading the team with five rebounds apiece. Lisana Burnett and Lonesha Lee led the team with two steals each and Burnett had the lone block of the game.
Final: Converse 70, Southern Wesleyan 65
Records: Southern Wesleyan (7-14 / CC 2-11) Converse (8-10 / CC 2-10)
How It Happened
The Valkyries jumped out early, but a jump shot by Emily Waters allowed the Warriors to tie the game 2-2. Southern Wesleyan took a 6-4 point advantage on a layup by Waters. Jessica Sparks nailed a three point shot to put the Warriors up 11-6. Back-to-back layups by Denisha Hall put the Warriors on top 17-9.
Southern Wesleyan kicked off the second quarter with a layup by Lisana Burnett to take a 19-9 point lead. Converse fought back with back-to-back three point shots by Ashley Sides and Dominique Hill to put them down 15-21. The Valkyries continued to fight back, but free throws by Emily Waters and Jessica Sparks put the Warriors on top 30-27 at the half.
The Warriors kicked off the third quarter with a layup by Emily Waters to push their lead to 32-27. The Valkyries sunk a jump shot, but a three point basket by Lisana Burnett allowed the Warriors to maintain a five point lead. Layups by Nigeria Davis put the Valkyries up 37-36. However, baskets by Iva Krstevska allowed the Warriors to come to 43-42 over the Valkyries, and then a three point jump shot by Breanna Richardson allowed the Warriors to extend their lead to 46-42.
The Valkyries would not go down quietly as Dominique Hill sunk a three point shot to put them on top 49-47. Converse continued to push ahead, but Lisana Burnett and Iva Krstevska sunk baskets for the Warriors to keep southern Wesleyan within seven points. Despite a three point shot by Denisha Hall, the Warriors fell to the Valkyries 70-65.
Southern Wesleyan will next travel to Bristol, TN to take on the King Tornado on February 2 at 2 p.m. They will then travel to Spartanburg, SC to take on the Converse Valkyries on February 6.