Wilson, NC – Southern Wesleyan fell to the Barton Bulldogs in a 103-74 final score on Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors shot 45.8% from the field and 45% from the beyond the three point line in the loss to the Bulldogs. Jessica Sparks led the Warriors with 22 points. She was followed by Denisha Hall with 13 points. Southern Wesleyan recorded 18 assists with Iva Krstevska leading the team with five. The Warriors had 30 rebounds with Lisana Burnett leading the team with six. She was followed by Lonesha Lee with five. Hall had two steals to lead the team.
Final: Barton 103, Southern Wesleyan 74
Records: Southern Wesleyan (8-16 / CC 3-13) Barton (19-4 / CC 12-4)
How It Happened
The Bulldogs jumped out early as Kianna Wynn made a layup, but the Warriors quickly countered on a three point shot by Iva Krstevska to put the Warriors ahead 3-2. Barton pushed ahead, but a three point basket by Jessica Sparks tied the game 6-6. The Warriors kept the game close as Lisana Burnett made a layup and Sparks sunk a second three point shot to put the Warriors down 13-14. The Bulldogs continued to pressure as Wynn made a layup to put Barton ahead 28-19.
Barton led off the second quarter with a layup by Kianna Wynn, but a three point basket by Jessica Sparks put the Warriors down 25-32. The Warriors continued to fight back, coming to within seven on another 3-pointer by Sparks. Free throws by Emily Waters, Lisana Burnett and Sparks put the Warriors within five with three minutes left in the second quarter.
Back-to-back layups by Kianna Wynn and Shanika Peterkin allowed the Bulldogs to extend their lead to 62-44 to kick off the third quarter. A jump shot by Emily Waters put the Warriors down 46-64. Despite a 3-pointer by Jessica Sparks, the Bulldogs maintained a 17 point advantage over Southern Wesleyan. Layups by Denisha Hall and Breanna Richardson put the Warriors down 56-74 with just over two minutes left in the third quarter.
Southern Wesleyan kicked off the final quarter with a layup by Lisana Burnnett and a 3-pointer by Denisha Hall to make the score 65-82. However, Barton would not be silenced as Alexa Roberson made a three point shot to put them ahead of the Warriors by thirty. The Warriors continued to challenge with baskets by Santavia Macomson and Tanayja Williams, but the Bulldogs won the game 103-74.
Southern Wesleyan will return to Historic Tysinger Gymnasium on February 12 as they host the North Greenville Crusaders at 5:30 p.m. They will then travel to Due West, SC to take on the Erskine Flying Fleet on February 16.