COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — Northeastern A&M head coach Jim Rowland became the third women’s coach in NEO school history to reach the 100th-win plateau as the Lady Norse earned a 96-88 victory over Allen County, Kan., late Friday night, in the opening round of the Coffeyville Resources Jayhawk Shoot-Out.

With the victory, Rowland stands 100-39 in his fifth year at the Lady Norse helm.

Randy Gipson (1988-99) is the winningest Lady Norse coach with a 290-75 overall record while Brian Agler (1983-87) is 125-43 overall.

The Lady Norse carried a 7-6 season record into Saturday night’s final Jayhawk Shoot-Out game against Independence, Kan.

The Lady Pirates start action in the three-day shoot-out with a 9-2 record. Independence faces 23rd-ranked Hutchinson, Kan. (12-2) at 5 p.m. today.

“This is going to be another one of those games where Independence can really fill it up and shoot the basketball,” Rowland said. “Allen County had (Breanna) Shaw while Independence has all-American (Sadie) Webb.

“Even though we had some time to prepare for Independence, when you play at 9 p.m. at night it’s pretty demanding,” Rowland said. “You become tired both mentally and physically waiting all day and so our hands are full.”

Both NEO and Allen County (6-7) came out shooting and the lead changed hands nine times during the first half.

 “We played very well early against Allen County,” Grover said. “During the first half we shot 42 percent from the field (15 of 35) while they struggled with 28 per cent (8 of 29).

“But, they came out in a zone the second half and we struggled,” Grover said. “We let them back into the game before holding them off at the end.”

Sophomore guard Phil Martin scored 20 of his game-high 35 points in the first half as the Golden Norsemen constructed a 38-21 lead at intermission.

Scott Forrest and Brandon Edwards contributed six points each and Jamell Cormier added a 3-pointer.

Sparked by 10 points each by Dennis Rumph and Keevis Tukes, along with four points each by Andra Bailey, Aaron Jackson, Anthony Clagett and Gavin Cole, the Red Devils outscored the Norsemen 36-29 in the final 20 minutes.

Martin finished the game by hitting 13 of 19, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and 5 of 6 at the free throw line as the only Norseman to score in double figures.

Tukes paced the Red Devils with 15 points while Rumph added 13.

Will Fonseca grabbed six rebounds to give the Golden Norse a 40-32 advantage on the boards. Clagett led Allen County with seven rebounds.

The Golden Norse bench outscored the Red Devils by a 20-8 margin.

Northeastern A&M (10-5)

Martin 13 5-6 35, Forrest 2-10 0-0 6, Edwards 3 0-0 6, Cormier 1 2-2 5, Fonseca 1 3-4 5, Brown 2 0-2 4, Coimbra 1 0-0 3, Ross 1 1-2 3, Freitas 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 11-16 67.

Allen County, Kan. (6-6)

Tukes 44-4 15, Rumph 3 7-8 13, Bailey 4 0-0 8, Jackson 3 0-0 7, Clagett 2 2-2 6, Gacin Cole 2 0-0 5, Lee 1 1-3 3. Totals 19 14-16 57.

Halftime — NEO 38, ACC 21. 3-point goals — NEO 8-21 (Martin 4-6, Forrest 2-10, Cormier 1-1, Coimbra 1-2, Freitas 0-2), ACC 5-25 (Tukes 3-9, Cole 1-2, Jackson 1-7, Clagett 0-2, Bailey 0-2, Lee 0-3). Rebounds — NEO 40 (Fonseca 6), ACC 32 (Claagett 7). Assists — NEO 13 (Brown 6), ACC 10 (Clagett 3). Steals — NEO 7 (Martin 2, Freitas 2), ACC 8 (Rumph 2, Bailey 2). Blocked shots — NEO 1 (Martin), ACC 1 (Rumph). Turnovers — NEO 18, ACC 15. Total fouls — NEO 14, ACC 17. Fouled out — Cole. Technical fouls — none.