Warriors Checkmate King in Final Seconds

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan took their Conference Carolinas victory on Tuesday afternoon against the King Tornado in an 80-78 final score.

Southern Wesleyan posted a field goal percentage of 43.8% in their first Conference Carolinas win of the season.  Five Warriors scored over 10 points in the victory over the King Tornado.  Shawndre' Young led the team with 18 points.  Young was followed by Noelle Van Zadelhoff with 17, Jessica Sparks and Tatiyana Mahone with 13, and Breanna Richardson with 10.  Richardson went on to lead the team with six assists.

The Warriors had 43 rebounds with Noelle Van Zadelhoff leading the team with nine.  She was followed by Breanna Richardson and Tatiyana Mahone with seven rebounds each.  Shawndre' Young led the team with three steals.  Van Zadelhoff and Mahone led Southern Wesleyan in blocks.  Van Zadelhoff posted four and Mahone posted three.


Game Vitals

Final: Southern Wesleyan 80, King 78

Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-8 / CC 1-3), King (5-7 / CC 2-3)


Coach Davis says…

"Our team tonight did not stop playing, which was great to see from this group.  They persevered and made plays consistently throughout the game.  We had a poor second quarter, but we responded in the second half of play with a solid third quarter and we were able to make a few more plays than King to finish the game off.  We had a team effort this evening and this game will hope to be a building block for this group as we prepare for two weekend games."


How It Happened

The Tornado struck first on a jump shot by Kristen Cupples to take 2-0 lead, however a jump shot by Noelle Van Zadelhoff allowed Southern Wesleyan to tie the game 2-2.  The Warriors pulled ahead to take a 5-4 lead on a three point jump shot by Jessica Sparks.  Sparks put up a second three point shot to allow the Warriors to push their lead to 8-4 over the Tornado.  Southern Wesleyan surged ahead, pushing their lead to 13-4 on shots by Van Zadelhoff and Shawndre' Young.  The Tornado countered on a layup by Che' Davis, but a layup by Young and jump shot by Van Zadelhoff to give the Warriors a 10 point lead and make the score 19-9.

Jessica Sparks kicked off the second quarter with a layup to give the Warriors a 23-14 point lead.  The Tornado fought back with shots by Ali Gordon, Kori West and Kristen Cupples to put them down 20-24 to Southern Wesleyan.  A layup by Taylor Freeman allowed the Tornado to take a 25-24 point lead, however a layup and free throw by Shawndre' Young allowed Southern Wesleyan to regain a 27-25 lead.  Despite a layup by Aneysa Williams, King's Madison Davis made back-to-back free throws to allow the Tornado to take a 30-29 point lead.  The Tornado pushed on to have a 46-36 lead at half time.

Southern Wesleyan jumped out first in the third quarter on a jump shot by Noelle Van Zadelhoff to put them down 38-46 to the Tornado.  King pushed on with shots by Taylor Freeman and Arielle Holloway to take a 13-point lead over Southern Wesleyan.  The Warriors would not go down quietly with layups by Aneysa Williams and Breanna Richardson to cut the King lead to 56-44.  Shots by Van Zadelhoff, Tatiyana Mahone and Richardson allowed the Warriors to shorten the lead to 62-51.  Southern Wesleyan fought on with Aneysa Williams and Jessica Sparks both drawing free throws to allow the Warriors to come to 57-64 behind the Tornado.

Shots by Jada Owens and Keyanna Blakely allowed King to maintain a ten point lead going into the fourth quarter.  Southern Wesleyan would not be thwarted on their home territory as they put up shots by Tatiyana Mahone and Noelle Van Zadelhoff to put the Warriors down seven points to the Tornado.  Free throws by Jessica Sparks and Mahone allowed Southern Wesleyan to stay in the game and put them down 71-66 to the Tornado.  With four minutes remaining in the final quarter, Van Zadelhoff sunk a jump shot to put the Warriors down 71-70 to King.  King kept the lead on a layup by Kori West, but layups by Tatiyana Mahone and Anyesa Williams allowed the Warriros to stay in the game.  Breanna Richardson went up for a layup, but was fouled by the Tornado defense to allow her to take free throws.  Richardson sunk both to give Southern Wesleyan a 77-76 point lead over King.  With seconds remaining in the final quarter, Mahone made a layup and allowed Southern Wesleyan to maintain the lead.  Southern Wesleyan won their first Conference Carolinas game of the season in style in an 80-78.


What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will remain home on January 5 as they take on the Limestone Saints at 5:30 p.m.  They will then take on the Converse Valkyries on January 6 at 4 p.m.