Williams Takes Two from Harris-Stowe
Both Williams Baptist College basketball teams delivered victories for the home fans Saturday. The Lady Eagles and Eagles are both above .500 in the American Midwest Conference following the wins over Harris-Stowe.
Eagles 79, Harris-Stowe 65
The seniors of Williams Baptist College led the Eagles to a 79-65 victory over the Hornets from Harris-Stowe University on Saturday. The game was played in Walnut Ridge, and the home crowd came away impressed as the Eagles earned their 14th win of the season.
Six Eagles combined to score all 79 points for the Eagles, and they were all seniors. Kyle Harvey led the team with 30 points, followed by Phillip Sykes with 18, Rashad Danzy with 11, Chase Norwood with nine, Zabian Sanders with eight and Maurice Templeton with three.
"We have relied heavily on our seniors this year and with eight minutes remaining I told them, 'focus and push through to the finish line'," said Head Coach Josh Austin.
Another big reason for the victory was Williams' ability to keep hold of the ball. They turned the ball over a season low seven times in the contest. "We took care of the ball in the game, and when we don't turn it over, we have a good chance of getting the result," added Austin.
Norwood added 11 rebounds with his nine points, and Harvey collected nine. The team totaled 49 with 21 coming on the offensive end.
WBC shot 41 percent from the floor, making 29-of-71 shots. They held the Hornets to 26-of-66 for 39 percent.
The Eagles improved their record to 14-7 overall and 5-3 in the American Midwest Conference. They currently sit in a three-way tie for third place in the conference. They will travel to the top ranked Cougars of Columbia College on Thursday, January 31. They will return home to host Lyon College at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 2.
Lady Eagles 58, Harris-Stowe 47
The Lady Eagles of Williams Baptist College moved up to fourth place in the American Midwest Conference with their third straight conference victory on Saturday. The contest was played in the Southerland-Mabee Center and was a 58-47 win over the Hornets from Harris-Stowe State University.
The Williams defense held the Hornets to 29 percent shooting from the floor. A big key in the win was the battle of the boards, which WBC won 46-31. Thirty two of the Eagle's rebounds were on the defensive end. Williams also forced 20 turnovers in the contest.
Two Eagles scored in double-figures, Tieara Burks with 11 and Cheyenne Childers with 10. Childers has now scored at least nine points in eight straight games. She also added 11 rebounds in the game for her third double-double on the season.
Williams' record now sits at 12-9 overall and 5-4 in the AMC. They will travel to Columbia, Mo., on Thursday, January 31, to play Columbia College. Their next home game will be on Saturday, February 2, at 2 p.m.
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