The Barclay College Lady Bears were back in action Tuesday night after a two week layoff over Thanksgiving Break. They set out for Manhattan, KS to see how they stacked up against the best team in the Midwest Christian College Conference, Manhattan Christian.
What they found out was that Manhattan Christian College was as good as advertised as they cruised to a 85-33 victory. The Lady Crusaders played with great intensity, execution and confidence while the Lady Bears’ youth and inexperience were evident. Junior Morgan Stander led the Lady Bears in scoring with 9 points.
Head Coach Brad Lingafelter concluded, “This game is one of those “draw the line in the sand” kind of games. We can continue to go through the motions or we can realize that we are a much better basketball team than that. We had a productive film session and we are going to get these things fixed.”
The Lady Bears will not play again until Saturday, January 11th when they host Arlington Baptist College (Arlington, TX).
On November 22nd and 23rd, The Lady Bears traveled to Texas where they faced NCCAA Division II Southwest Region opponents Dallas Christian College and Arlington Baptist College.
The Lady Bears opened up against Dallas Christian Friday night. Getting off to a slow start, they spotted the Crusaders a 25-9 lead. On a couple of different occasions, the Bears crept back within 10 points only to go through stretches of sloppy play that ultimately led to Dallas Christian pulling away for a 71-49 victory. Freshman Mercedeez Bell led the Bears with 15 points and Senior Sarah Sullivan contributed 10 points and 9 rebounds.
On Saturday the Lady Bears then went up against Arlington Baptist. Arlington is considered, by some, as one of the top picks to contend for the National Championship this year. The Patriots certainly lived up to the hype as they applied relentless pressure and tremendous 3 point shooting to race past the Bears 73-43. Sullivan continued her strong play with 10 points and 7 rebounds, while Freshman Emilly Entz came off the bench to add 8 points and 8 rebounds.
The Lady Bears next play at Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) on Tuesday, December 3rd at 5:00 PM CST.
The Barclay College Lady Bears basketball team opened the season with two games at Hockett Auditorium over the weekend. On Friday night the Lady Bears hosted NJCAA Division II Hesston College (Hesston, KS) and then on Saturday afternoon they took on Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA).
“Hesston was deep and athletic. I thought the first ten minutes we were competitive and then they just wore us down.” The Larks proved to be a pretty tough match-up for the Lady Bears as they won the game by a score of 92-57. Sophomore RaeLyn Epp led the Bears with 20 points.
Saturday brought the Faith Baptist Lady Eagles to town. Faith is the first opponent Barclay has faced this year that is a fellow NCCAA member. Barclay came out with a lot of intensity and built a big halftime lead, 36-15, and then coasted the rest of the way. The Lady Bears won by a final score of 65-37.
Senior Sarah Sullivan led the Bears in scoring with 14 points while Freshman Mercedeez Bell chipped in 11 rebounds and Epp added 7 steals.
The Lady Bears are back in action Tuesday, November 19th in an exhibition game in Lawton, Oklahoma against NCAA Division II Cameron University. Game time is set for 6:00 PM CST.
Please make note of the following changes to the Barclay College Athletics Schedule:
Soccer: Barclay College @ Calvary Bible College (Belton, MO) has been moved from Saturday, Sept. 21 to Tuesday, Oct. 29th at 4:00 PM CST.
Men’s Basketball: Barclay College @ Wayland Baptist University (Plainview, TX) has been moved from Saturday, Nov. 9th to Tuesday, Oct. 29th at 6:00 PM CST.
Men’s Basketball: Nebraska Christian College @ Barclay College on Friday, Nov. 15th has been cancelled.
Men’s and Women’s Basketball: Barclay College @ Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College (Moore, OK) has been moved from Tuesday, Jan. 21st to Tuesday, February 4th at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
The Barclay Lady Bears are pleased to announce that Kyla Powell will be playing basketball for BC during the 2013-14 season. Powell is from Huntsville, AL and played her senior year at Westminster Christian Academy.
During her senior year she averaged 7.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.6 steals a game. Powell was very active off the basketball court as well. She was a member of the Beta Club, Diamond Dolls, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is also a dedicated student as she qualified for the A/B Honor Roll. Her parents are Larkin and Latarsha Ison.
“I am excited to have Kyla joining us for next year”, said Head Coach Brad Lingafelter. “Kyla will fit in well with the girls and what we are continuing to build here at Barclay College. Kyla showed that she has the ability to shoot the ball and I feel she has a good chance to become a solid all-around contributor her freshman year.”
Mercedeez Bell, from Woodward High School (Woodward, OK), is the second new commit to the Lady Bears for the Fall 2013 Semester. Bell played for Coach Pat Hawkins and the Lady Boomers over the past four years. She is a 5’11 forward who averaged 10.5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block a game while being named to multiple all-tournament teams as well as being recognized as an All-Region player.
“She has great instincts for moving around the court and she is a very good athlete for her size. Mercedeez can score on the block and she can step out and make you guard her on the perimeter. Defensively, she has great instincts and she is very long which will work well for what we try and do,” commented Head Coach Brad Lingafelter. “Plus, she is a great girl with a very sweet personality.”
Bell was a Principal’s Honor Roll recipient and was a member of the Pep Club, Sub Debs, and Team Justin. She is the daughter of Michael and Jennifer Bell.
“I am ecstatic to have Mercedeez join the Lady Bears. She was very meticulous about what she wanted and took her time to make sure that Barclay was a good fit for her. Her parents were a great source of wisdom for her as she navigated the recruiting process,” said Lingafelter.
The first commit for the Barclay Lady Bears basketball program comes from the state of Alabama. Brooke White from East Lawrence High School in Hillsboro, Alabama, is a guard/forward who should step in and help right away next year. “Brooke is very versatile, with good fundamentals and a high basketball IQ,” stated Coach Lingafelter. “She is going to be a young lady who will be able to be plugged into many different spots. She is long, has good ball-handling skills, is a solid shooter, and has played both guard and center in her career. Plus, her faith and her desires for herself outside of basketball are a very good fit for Barclay College.” White averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, and 3 steals her senior year at East Lawrence. At the 4A level in Alabama, East Lawrence won their All-Area Tournament three of her four years there, and she was named to the All-Area Tournament Team twice during that span. White has ranked in the top 10 for her class all 4 years, and was involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta Math Club. Brooke’s parents are mother Benetta White and stepfather Jimmy Petty.
Kaylee Miller, a Senior from Great Bend, KS and graduate of Hoisington High School, was a two-time award winner at the ACCA National Tournament Banquet. The ACCA National Tournament Banquet was held in Joplin, Mo to kick start 4 days of competition.
Miller was first honored as an Academic All-American. This was the second straight year that she received this honor. In order to qualify a student must be a Junior or Senior and have at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA. Miller has earned a 3.95 GPA in Business.
Miller was also named as an ACCA Honorable Mention All-American. This is Miller’s 3rd athletic acknowledgement this season. Kayle also received All-Conference and All-Region awards.
Coach Lingafelter commented, “Kaylee is an absolute honor to have on the team. She will be sorely missed next year. Her leadership, her work ethic on the court and in the classroom will be hard to duplicate. Kaylee deserves every accolade that has come her way!”
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Joplin, MO – After the conclusion of the Southwest Region Tournament the coaches held a meeting in which they discussed all the nominees for the All-Region team.
The Lady Bears were well represented with 3 women among the 11 chosen. Senior Kaylee Miller was ranked as the 3rd best player in the region and was awarded with a first team honor. Junior Brandi Moral and Sophomore Jamie Larsh were tabbed as second team All-Region.
Coach Lingafelter added, “It is great for these ladies personally and an acknowledgement to our program that they received the honor they did. Kaylee finishing as high as she did was great validation that coaches really place a high value on girls that go out and do whatever it takes to help the team win. Brandi and Jamie were very deserving as well. Jamie has been so consistent all year and Brandi has really taken her game to another level in the past few weeks. These three are great ambassadors of Barclay College and very deserving of all the accolades”