COFFEYVILLE, KAN. — Three points made the difference between winning and losing for the Northeastern A&M men’s and women’s basketball teams here Wednesday, Nov. 6.
Last-second shots helped Coffeyville Community College score a sweep of NEO, 62-60 in the women’s game and 62-60 in men’s action.
The Lady Norse had gone up 60-59 with 14 seconds remaining on a 3-point goal from the top of the key by Kiarra Brooks.
But the hosts got a put back by Ania Markowska as the horn sounded to claim the one-point win.
“They throw up a Hail Mary from the right wing with seconds left, the ball comes right off the side of the rim, the girl steps right in front of one of our players, gets the rebound and puts it back up before the buzzer goes off,” NEO coach Jim Rowland said. “It’s unfortunate it had to end that way. It was a true buzzer beater.”
A 16-6 edge in the second quarter gave the Lady Ravens a 27-18 halftime lead, but NEO turned things around with a 24-15 run in the third.
A free throw by Caleigh Stevenson with three seconds left created a 42-42 tie.
Coffeyville held a 19-18 edge over the final 10 minutes.
“Down the stretch, we missed a few free throws that could have put us up a couple possessions,” Rowland said. “I thought our kids fought and stayed in the game; competed.”
Eliska Stebetikova’s 13 points headed up the scoring for the Lady Norse.
Ivvana Murillo joined her in double figures with 10.
Others scoring for NEO were Koreea Kirksey, nine; Stevenson and Brooks, eight each; Gabriela Chivata, five; Dariann Myles, three, and Kine Diop and Kaitlyn Benge, two each.
Markowska finished with 15 for the Lady Ravens, who also got 11 from Tunica Gilmore and 10 each from Kaylyn Lay and McKenzie Morel-Patton.
Coffeyville 62, NEO 60
After leading by 14 at the half, the Norsemen were outscored 36-20 over the final 20 minutes.
“It was tough having a 16-point lead and watch it just diminish and diminish. We’ve got to put the ball in the basket,” said NEO men’s coach Jeremy Jackson.
Rudi Williams had 18 points in the first half, but was limited to two over the final 20 minutes by the Red Raven defense.
“They faced-guarded Rudi,” Jackson said. “Every time Rudi touched the ball, everybody was helping. Some of our other guys had really good shots and they just didn’t fall.”
The Red Ravens launched a shot with 3 seconds remaining.
Jackson said the ball caromed off the rim straight up into the air, then one of the CCC players came in from the backside and dunks it.
Northeastern A&M got a last-ditch shot off, but it didn’t fall.
Alvin Canady III and Samkelo Cele contributed 16 each for NEO.
Kalil Camara finished with five, Ramello Williams, two, and Tyren Collins, one.
Kymani Dunham and Meikkel Murray were the Red Ravens’ leaders with 15 and 14, respectively.