Dubuque, IA - The Lady Bears of Barclay traveled north to participate in the Emmaus Bible College Classic to start the spring semester.
On Friday night the Lady Bears took the floor against the host Emmaus Bible College. The new look Lady Bears came out ready to go from the start. A steal and lay-up on the first defensive possession proved to be foreshadowing of how the game would go. At halftime the Lady Bears were cruising along with a 52-21 lead. The second half was much of the same the Lady Bears won 79-40.
The Lady Bears had five girls in double digits led by Sophomore Jamie Larsh’s 16 points which included 4-7 from three point range. Junior Brandi Moral chipped in 15 points and 14 rebounds, Freshman Raelyn Epp had 14, and Seniors Kaylee Miller and Artaya Climes had 13 points and 10 point.
Saturday’s game was against Grace Bible College out of Grand Rapids, MI. The Lady Bears played well in every facet of the game, except shooting the ball. Grace built a 16 point lead by halftime, and then held off a couple rallies in which the Lady Bears were able to cut the lead to single digits before prevailing 53-40.
Head Coach Brad Lingafelter concluded, “I was proud of these ladies. We played our best two games of the year. We cut down turnovers, we rebounded well, we got on the floor after loose balls, and we executed our offense. One bad shooting half, but other than that, I absolutely loved the effort on the court and the fellowship off the court.”
The Lady Bears (3-8) take their 2-1 MCCC conference mark on the road to face Calvary Bible College (Kansas City, MO) at 5:30 PM CST on Friday, January 18th and Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO) on Saturday at 1:00 PM.
Haviland, KS – The Lady Saints from Hillsdale Free Will Baptist were in town Tuesday, Dec. 4th and the Bears were primed and ready for an upset bid.
Shortly after the tip, the Saints struck first from both the interior and from behind the arc before the Lady Bears started chipping away at the lead. They were sparked by Jr. Brandi Moral’s play off the bench, dishing out 5 assists on the game. The Bears momentarily took the lead before the Saints built the lead back up to five 31-26 at the half.
Unfortunately the second half was a different story for the Lady Bears. They were outscored 41-24 after the intermission to fall to the Saints 50-72. The Bears were led by Freshman Shandy Edenborough with 13 points and 9 rebounds, Junior Sarah Sullivan with 10 points and 7 boards and Moral who added another 10 points.
The Bears final game before Christmas Break is at Bartlesville against Oklahoma Wesleyan University at 2:00 PM CST on Saturday, Dec. 8th.
Haviland, KS – On Friday, Nov. 30th the Lady Bears Women’s Basketball team had a rematch with NCCAA DII top ten Grace University. Then the following night they took on the Crusaders of Dallas Christian.
The Lady Bears were neck and neck with Grace for most of the first half thanks to their efforts on the glass before the Lady Royals went on a run to take a 36-22 lead into the half. In the second half, the Royals shot a sizzling 53% from the field to win 73-50. The Lady Bears were led by Freshman Shandy Edenborough with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Senior Kaylee Miller with 13 points and 6 rebounds.
Saturday afternoon found the Bears in control for a large portion of the game against Dallas Christian. In the closing minutes, however, the Crusaders were able to make a few more plays to squeak out a 44-43 road win. Edenborough secured an amazing 21 rebounds on the night and chipped in 19 points to boot while Sophomore Jamie Larsh added 16 points.
The Bears fall to 1-5 on the season and will play Oklahoma Wesleyan University Sat. Dec. 8th at 2:00 PM CST to close out their games for the fall semester.
Manhattan, KS – The Barclay College Lady Bears hit the road again for an away game against Manhattan Christian Crusaders on Tuesday, November 27th.
The Lady Bears found themselves in a hole a couple times in the first half. “Manhattan came out and got really physical with us,” said Head Coach Brad Lingafelter. However, the Lady Bears managed to dig themselves out trailing by only 7 at the half, 28-21.
The second half looked promising when the Lady Bears came out with lots of intensity as they began to chip away at the Lady Crusaders lead. In the end, Barclay could not hang with Manhattan’s deep bench. The Crusaders were able to pull away and win 67-44.
High scorers for the Bears were Senior Artaya Climes (Lawton, OK) with 11 points and Junior Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) with 10 points.
The Lady Bears are back at home this weekend hosting Grace University (Omaha, NE) on Friday November 30th at 5:30 PM CST and on Saturday they will face Dallas Christian at home at 4:00 PM CST.
The Barclay Lady Bears traveled to Omaha, NE on Friday, November 16th to play the Lady Royals of Grace University and then were in Ankeny, IA to face Faith Baptist Bible College Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Bears started out great, scoring the first seven points, and playing very strong but then went through a rough stretch to find themselves down seven. To close the half, they were able to bounce back and head into halftime down 25-20. However, in the second half, the Lady Royals were the ones who came out quickly as they pulled away for a 52-26 win. Sophomore Jamie Larsh (Haviland, KS) led the Lady Bears in scoring with 10 and Freshman Shandy Edenborough (Goodwell, OK) continued her strong play with 8 points and 9 rebounds.
“The results of this game fall squarely on my shoulders,” offered Coach Lingafelter. “I went in at halftime and simply over-coached. We have talent on this team and I should have just let them go out and make plays.”
The following afternoon, the Bears were back at it against the newest member of the MCCC, Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA). Once again the Bears jumped out to an early lead, but this time around they were able to maintain their momentum. They went into the half with a double digit lead due largely to their stifling full-court defensive pressure and great ball movement offensively. The Bears earned their first victory of the year 61-39. Senior Kaylee Miller (Great Bend, KS) led the Bears with 15 points while Edenborough added another 12 points and 7 rebounds.
On Tuesday, November 27th, the Bears (1-2, 1-0) head to Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, KS) for another MCCC game at 5:30 PM CST.
HAVILAND, KS – The Barclay College Lady Bears hosted their first home game of the 2012-13 season on Tuesday, November 13th against the Eagles of Rhema Bible Training College (Tulsa, OK). The Eagles enter this season fresh off another ACCA National Championship in 2012.
With only two ladies in action from last year’s squad, Junior Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) and Morgan Stander (Elmwood, NE) the Lady Bears came out with a lot of energy. Midway through the first half the Eagles full court pressure began to take its toll, forcing 27 turnovers by the break, leaving the Lady Bears down by 18 at the half.
Coming out of the second half the Lady Bears never backed down from the Lady Eagles, only getting outscored by 4 points the second half, with the final score being 69-47. For the game, Barclay out rebounded Rhema by 12 boards (58-46). Barclay College was led by Freshman Shandy Edenborough’s (Goodwell, OK) double-double with 16 rebounds and 11 points. Freshman RaeLyn Epp (Weatherford, OK) contributed 14 points and Sullivan with 9.
Next up, the Bears will be traveling to Omaha, NE to face Grace University on Friday, November 16th at 5:30 PM CST. On Saturday, November 17th they will face Faith Baptist Bible College (Ankeny, IA) at 1:00 PM CST for their first MCCC game.
The 2012-13 Lady Bears Basketball team has a solid mix of newcomers to accompany a host of returners from a 9-13 season. “I am looking forward to this edition of the Lady Bears basketball team. This collection of girls has a lot of returning experience, and our newcomers have jumped right in and turned some heads. We have some skill sets that we have not had in the past, so it will be fun to mold this group of ladies into a solid team,” said Head Coach Brad Lingafelter.
Returning to lead the Bears are Senior guards Kaylee Miller (Great Bend, KS) and Artaya Climes (Lawton, OK), Junior post Sarah Sullivan (San Antonio, TX) and Sophomore guards Jamie Larsh (Haviland, KS) and Morgan Stander (Elmwood, NE). New to the team this year include Junior guard Brandi Moral (Great Bend, KS), Sophomore guards Courtney Merritt (Kansas City) and Kalyn Switzer (Weatherford, OK), Freshman guards Rachel Vance (Caldwell, ID) and Freshman Raelyn Epp (Weatherford, OK), and Freshman posts Shandy Edenborough (Goodwell, OK), Hannah Rohde (Denver, CO), and Sharese Mullikin (Legrand, IA).
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From July 16th to August 5th Barclay College Senior Artaya Climes will be spending three weeks in London and Belgium with Sportquest, a sports ministry located out of Indianapolis, Indiana. They will be putting on sports camps for high school and college age kids in the surrounding areas. Climes is entering her Senior season on the Lady Bears basketball team.
Climes reflected about this opportunity, “it has always been my dream to play basketball overseas. I just didn’t know what that would look like. In March I applied. I know I’m the biggest procrastinator in the world, but it wasn’t until then that I felt like that was what I am suppose to be doing over the summer. What really made we want to go on the trip is I want to see what God is going to do with me. I have played basketball all my life. I am about to enter my senior year of college and that is usually the time where basketball is over. If traveling the world and using basketball as a platform to get Jesus to people is the way He wants me to use it, then I am all for it. I just want to do more than play basketball.”
She also said, “Sportquest has a saying “Play with a Purpose” and that is all I want to do. I want to play basketball in such a way that it touches people’s lives. That feeling or drive or whatever you want to call it is what made me want to go. I hope that lives are changed mine to be included. I am really excited and humbled by this opportunity. I can’t wait to see what God does over this summer.”
RaeLyn Epp has chosen to continue her basketball career as a member of the Barclay College Lady Bears. RaeLyn is a graduate of Corn Bible Academy in Corn, OK. RaeLyn has been the point guard for a Corn Bible Academy program that has had back to back State Tournament appearances, including a State Championship her Junior season. RaeLyn is the daughter of Randy and Rachelle Epp.
RaeLynn had a solid senior season in which she had averages of 8.3 pts, 5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2 steals a game.
Head Coach Brad Lingafelter concluded, “I loved watching RaeLyn play when she came up for her visit. I had two words going through my head as I watched her: smart and consistent. She did a good job of moving the ball where it needed to go, taking shots when she was open and even mixing it up a little for rebounds. As a point guard, ball security and offense initiation are priority number one and I think she is going to be great at that. I was impressed with her mechanics and think she can be a big threat in our style of offense. Plus, she comes from a program that has had great success. I am big believer that winning is a habit you can cultivate. Tasting success breeds a desire for more success. RaeLynn is going to be in the mix for guard position minutes and I am excited to have her coming to Barclay in the fall.”
The 2011-12 edition of the Barclay College Lady Bears was quite a ride. The season began with high expectations based on the year before, and the number of experienced returning players. However, life has a tendency to get in the way of even the best laid plans. Marriages, injuries, and a few other unforeseen issues zapped the Lady Bears of most of that returning experience. So the Lady Bears went back to square one and started building again.
After a disappointing 1-8 start the Lady Bears showed a lot of determination and perseverance to go 8-4 to close out the season, and finish with a record of 9-12. The Lady Bears finished 7th at the ACCA National Tournament and had League as well as National Recognition for it’s players. Hannah Williams was named 2nd team MCCC, and Kaylee Miller received Honorable Mention. On the National Level, Hannah Williams was named 2nd team All-American, and Kaylee Miller was named an Academic All-American.
Statistically, Hannah Williams led the team in scoring and rebounding at 16.8 pts and 5.8 rebounds. Hannah shot a solid 39% from the 3 point line and an outstanding 85% from the free throw line. Kaylee Miller was second in rebounding with an average of 5.4, followed by Jessica Davis at 4.2. Maurissa Shaffer, a 2nd semester transfer came in and solidified the point guard spot, leading the team in assists at 3.9/game.
The Lady Bears will lose some players, but return a very strong core that should make the Lady Bears of 2012-13 an exciting team to watch!
Head Coach Brad Lingafelter stated, “This team was fantastic. We had some really debilitating circumstances at the beginning of the year that set us back quite a bit. It is easy to say that a team and a coach can just brush that adversity aside and keep plugging along, but, as this year’s team learned, it was a tough climb. We completely changed what we were doing offensively and relied on the great defensive principles Coach Ballard worked on throughout the season to forge a new identity. The way the ladies came together as a team, competitively and from a chemistry standpoint, was really fun to watch.”
Go Lady Bears!!!