Panthers sting Yellow Jackets in Monday victory

January 4, 2022 | 12:04 am

Updated January 4, 2022 | 1:34 am

Graphic by Owensboro Times

Kentucky Wesleyan had five players score in double-figures as they easily cruised to a 71-34 victory over Cedarville on Monday night. 

With the win the Panthers move to 9-4 (6-1 G-MAC) while the Yellow Jackets drop to 8-4 (3-3 G-MAC). 

Up just 9-6 midway through the opening quarter, KWC used buckets by Reeva Hammelman, Emma Johnson and Shaylee Mcdonald to close on a 7-0 run and lead 16-6 after one.

Shiya Hoosier opened the second quarter with a jumper and the Panthers didn’t hold back from there, going up 23-8 just a few minutes later. After Cedarville cut the lead back to 10 with 4:19 to go in the frame, Wesleyan used a Hoosier three and a Cali Nolot layup to cap off a 10-0 run and quickly go up 33-13. McDonald hit a layup with a few seconds left and the Panthers went into the break up 35-15.

Both teams went back and forth the entire third quarter until Tahlia Walton scored five unanswered points to close the frame and Wesleyan led 50-24 after three.

Corina Conley scored seven points in the fourth quarter and KWC took the game 71-34. 

Walton led KWC with 12 points, followed by four players with 11 ( Jordyn Barga, Nolot, Shaylee McDonald, Conley). Walton hauled in 11 boards for her second double-double of the season. Walton, McDonald, and Hammelman each notched four assists. 

KWC shot 29-55 (52.7%) for the game and 7-16 (43.8%) from behind the arc. Cedarville was held to just 13-51 (25.5%) from the field and a mere 1-16 (6.3%) from three. 

Kentucky Wesleyan dominated in terms of bench points, outscoring their opponent 29-4 in that category. 

Due to a postponed game, Wesleyan’s next contest will be on Saturday when they head to G-MAC newcomer Ashland to face the nationally ranked eagles. Tipoff is set for 12 p.m.

January 4, 2022 | 12:04 am

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