By DAVID MCCOLLUM
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
SEWANEE, Tenn. — The Hendrix College women’s basketball finally earned their first victory of the season, ending an 18-game losing streak Sunday by defeating Sewanee/The University of the South, 60-49, in Southern Athletic Association play.
The host Tigers (5-12, 0-8) led 28-27 at halftime and took a 31-28 lead just 1:13 into the second period. The Warriors (1-18, 1-7) answered with a 20-3 run over the next nine minutes to take control of the game with a 48-34 lead with 9:45 to play. Hendrix would lead by as many as 16 in the second half.
Hendrix made a season-best nine 3-pointers out of 21 attempts (43 percent) and 39 percent (24-of-61) from the field. Sewanee shot 31 percent (16-of-51) and went 9-of-25 from outside. The Warriors outrebounded the Tigers 45-30.
Freshman guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler paced Hendrix with 16 points, hitting four long-range shots, to go with five assists and two steals. Sophomore forward Lindsay Drillette came off the bench to score 12 points and dish out three assists. Junior center Jamie Tate scored nine points and pulled down 15 rebounds and freshman guard Estrella Flores knocked down a trio of 3-pointers for nine points to go with three assists.
The Warriors will take on Birmingham-Southern College for another road conference game on Friday.
Sewanee, which shot 58 percent from the field, won the men’s game, 68-56.
Tied at 14-14 with 8:59 to play in the opening period, Sewanee (10-7, 3-5) went on a 10-0 run over the next 2:14 to go up 24-14. In the second half, Sewanee would lead by as many as 19 and the Warriors (6-13, 1-7) came within seven points with just under a minute to play.
Freshman guard Alec Conard led the Warriors with 12 points and five rebounds off the bench. Sophomore forward Luke Vance had 10 points and junior forward Colton Primm had nine points and five rebounds.
Hendrix teams will play at Birmingham-Southern College on Friday.
SPRINGDALE — Vilonia’s senior girls ran their 5A West record to 6-0 and 18-1 overall with a 48-43 victory Friday night over Shiloh Christian.
Vilonia scored five points in the first minute before stalling as it trailed 7-5 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, the Lady Eagles outscored Shiloh 15-3 to take a 20-10 halftime lead. Vilonia increased its lead to 14 in the third quarter before Ashlyn Hightower picked up her 4th foul and Shiloh cut the lead back to 10 points.
Vilonia kept a 10- to 14-point lead throughout the fourth quarter until Shiloh scored five points in the last 12 seconds.
Ashlyn Hightower led in scoring with 18 points followed by Hannah Schnebelen who had 12 points.
Vilonia will play Clarksville at home Tuesday with JV games starting at 5 p.m.
St. Jospeh vs. Conway Christian
At the St. Joseph Family Activity Center on Friday night, St. Joseph teams triumphed in three basketball games with Conway Christian by wide, medium and thin margins.
The Bulldogs (23-2, 8-0) led 24-19 at halftime then dominated the second half in a 64-32 victory.
“I was extremely proud of our effort tonight, especially the second half,” said coach Brent Bruich. “We played really well defensively and did a great job of moving our feet. Our bench played really well as well.”
Andrew Kordsmeier led the Bulldogs with 11 points and six rebounds. Cole Schichtl added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Andrew Beck had nine points and six assists. Other statistical leaders were: Drake Cooper, six points and eight rebounds; Jacob Lampe, seven points. Drew Bates, five points; Landon Enderlin, three assists; Nash Nichols, three steals.
Anna Mayor scored 18 points and had six rebounds in leading the Lady Bulldogs (12-13, 5-32) to a 43-31 victory with St. Joseph pulling away after trailing 10-4 after the first quarter and leading 17-13 at the half.
Madeline Moix added seven points and seven rebounds. Abby Kordsmeier had five points. Taylor Womack had four points and 10 rebounds. Rachel Briggler had five assists.
“Our bench really came in and gave us a big lift in the second quarter,” said St. Joseph coach Chris Kordsmeier. “It turned the game around. We had a good effort and did a much better job of rebounding and defending.”
The Lady Bulldogs took an 18-17 victory in the junior girls game.
For St. Joseph, Erin Sterka and Tia Massa scored four points each. Rachel Prall had four points and six rebounds. Amber Briggler added six steals and Joanie Elsinger, five rebounds.
GLEN ROSE — Mayflower’s senior boys defeated Glen Rose on Friday night, 74-41.
The Eagles (12-4, 7-3) outscored Glen Rose, 37-12 in the second half.
J.P. Perry led the Eagles with 20 points and Dane Richardson added 18. Ross Gray had 12.
Glen rose won the junior girls game, 52=44. Jessica Webb had 12 points and LonJanae Wyatt had 11 points for Mayflower. Tierra Lasker had six points.
In junior play, Mayflower won, 32-27. Tristen Lasker had 11 points, Emily Hampton, nine and Marissa Harper, five.
Mayflower teams on eSTEM on Tuesday.
MOUNTAIN HOME — A team from Mountain Home halted a seven-game winning streak by the Faulkner Falcons homeschool team in a tournament Saturday, 58-55.
Haden Phillips led the Falcons with 17 points. Carter Mayo added 12, Grant Ragland 11 and Daniel McNair and Trent Wolf, five each. Mark Baker added three.
In the first game of the tournament, the Falcons defeated the Northwest Arkansas Hornets, 64-46. Mayo led with 23 points and Phillps added 15. Wolf had 11, McNair added eight. Ragland had five points and Isaac Stanton, two.
(Hendrix sports information contributed to this report)