Late Challenge Not Enough to Edge Warriors Past Valkyries

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

Spartanburg, SC – Southern Wesleyan fell in an exciting battle to the Converse Valkyries on Wednesday evening in a 67-60 final score.

The Warriors shot 45.3% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the three point line.  Breanna Richardson led the team with 15 points.  She was followed by Lisana Burnett with 13 and Iva Krstevska with 10.  Southern Wesleyan had 12 assists with Emily Waters leading the team with six.

Southern Wesleyan recorded 27 rebounds.  Lisana Burnett led the team with eight.  She was followed by Breanna Richardson with five.  The Warriors posted seven steals with Burnett leading the team with four.  Burnett and Richardson posted the lone blocks of the evening.


Game Vitals

Final: Converse 67, Southern Wesleyan 60

Records: Southern Wesleyan (8-15 / CC 3-12) Converse (10-10 / CC 4-10)


How It Happened

Southern Wesleyan jumped out on top as a layup by Lisana Burnett gave them a 2-0 lead, however Converse countered to tie the game at two on a layup by Abigail Lewis.  The Valkyries took the lead on a layup by Alexis McMillian to put them ahead 8-4.  Southern Wesleyan continued to fight back on layups by Burnett to come to 10-17 behind the Valkyries of Converse.

The Valkyries kicked off the second quarter on layup by Alexis McMillian to take a four point advantage.  A layup by Iva Krstevska kept the Warriors within four points of the Valkyries and made the score 17-21.  Converse maintained the lead, but a jump shot by Breanna Richardson and a 3-point shot by Denisha Hall put the Warriors within two points of the Valkyries.  Despite a layup by Hall, the Valkyries remained in the lead 35-27 at the half.

Iva Krstevska kicked off the third quarter with a 3-point shot to put the Warriors within five and then a layup by Breanna Richardson allowed Southern Wesleyan to come to 32-35 behind Converse.  The Warriors remained within six points of the Valkyries as Shawndre' Young sunk a 3-point shot off a pass by Emily Waters.  A layup by Richardson and jump shot by Emily Waters put the Warriors within one point with just under a minute left in the third quarter.

Southern Wesleyan continued to challenge Converse as a layup by Iva Krstevska allowed the Warriors to tie the game 46-46, and then a second layup by Krstevska put the Warriors on top 48-46.  The Warriors extended their lead to 50-46 on a jump shot by Breanna Richardson.  However, the Valkyries tied the game at fifty on a jump shot by Ellen Nardella.  Converse pushed ahead, but a jump shot by Richardson kept the Warriors within two of the Valkyries.  Converse went on to win the game in a 67-60 final score


What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will next travel to Wilson, NC to take on the Barton Bulldogs on February 9 at 2 p.m.  They will then return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on February 12 as they host the North Greenville Crusaders at 5:30 p.m.