COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — Continuing a six-game road trip, Northeastern A&M’s Lady Norse travel to Coffeyville Community College tonight at 9 p.m. to face Allen County (Kan.) Community College in the opening round of the Coffeyville Resources Jayhawk Shoot-Out in the east gym of Nellis Hall.
“We got the short end of the stick because we’re the outsider,” Lady Norse head coach Jim Rowland said. “We’re playing the last women’s game on both Friday and Saturday, so the loudest noise might be melting icicles.”
NEO (6-6) rallied to defeat Panola, Texas, 78-74 in overtime, last Saturday in the Jacksonville (Texas) Classic to gain a two-game split.
Concluding the Saturday women’s session, the Lady Norse square off against Independence (Kan.) Community College at 9 p.m. The Lady Pirates are 9-2 on the season after finishing 22-8 last year.
Last season the Lady Norse defeated Fort Scott, Kan., 81-62, before cruising past Highland, Kan., by a 65-45 score.
While NEO’s Lady Norse play the final games in the Jayhawk Shoot-Out, coach Dustin Grover’s Golden Norsemen started today’s session with a 9 a.m. contest with Allen County’s men’s team.
“So, not only does our bus have to make two separate trips to Coffeyville Friday, but we have to wait around all day before we play,” Roland said. “Not only is it a hardship for our teams, but our fans are at a definite disadvantage, too.
“This is one of those situations where we’ve had to prepare for two games (Allen County and Independence) at the same time.”
Coach Andy Hamilton’s Allen County Lady Red Devils stand 6-6 on the season. The Lady Devils dropped a 56-54 decision at Cowley County, Kan., on Dec. 5.
The Lady Red Devils return only one sophomore from a team which finished 5-28 last season.
Veteran forward Jennifer House (5-10 of Spring Hill, Kan.) is averaging 4.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in nine games for Allen County.
“Coach Hamilton used to be an assistant for Scott Morris over at Northern-Enid, so he’s very familiar with our program,” Rowland said. “He does a great job of getting everything he can out of his kids.
“They have a 6-foot freshman girl (Breanna) Shaw in the middle that can really score inside and she crashes the boards very hard,” Rowland said. “Our No. 1 priority will be trying to keep her in check.”
Shaw (6-0 of Killeen, Texas) leads the Lady Red Devils in scoring (22.4) while averaging 7.9 rebounds and recording four blocked shots.
Joining Shaw inside is freshman Jazmynn Johnson (6-1 of Junction City, Kan.) Johnson leads the team with 14 blocked shots while averaging 8.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Matching up with Shaw and Johnson for the Lady Norse are sophomore Jolena Cerina and freshman Ashley Jordan.
Cerina (6-5 of Visac, Serbia) leads the Lady Norse in scoring (12.6), rebounding (10.5) and blocked shots (22).
Jordan (5-11 of San Antonio, Texas) averages 2.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game with five blocked shots.
“Hopefully we’ve gotten ride of some more of the rust that was left over from the Christmas break,” Rowland said. “We had four good days of practices and I think the girls are ready to go.”
Freshmen Maurissa Shaffer, Aeriss McNeese and Dysyan Malone will start in the backcourt for Allen County.
Shaffer (5-5 of Garnett, Kan.) averages 3.6 points with 17 assists and 15 steals through 12 games.
McNeese (5-5 of Junction City, Kan.) has a 5.4 scoring mark with 17 assists and 21 steals.
Malone (5-9 of Enid) leads the Lady Red Devils in rebounding with an 8.7 average while scoring 16.3 points per game with 29 assists and 30 steals.
Sophomore Kashei Hopkins and freshmen Ashton Pittman and Brianna Manuatu will comprise the Lady Norse guard trio.
Hopkins (5-7 of Rockwall, Va.) has a 4.7 scoring mark with 17 assists and 14 steals.
Pittman (5-8 of Washington, Okla.) is scoring 9.2 points with 15 assists and 18 steals.
Manuatu (5-9 of Brisbane, Australia) averages 4.8 points with 19 assists and 12 steals.
“We need to build on our ‘killer instinct’ on offense,” Rowland said. “We had it in the Panola game, but we’re still not playing two halves consistently.
“We’ll play either the first half really well and let up in the second or vice versa,” Rowland said. “We need the light bulb to come on for all our girls that says ‘we can go do this and come together as a team.’”
Against Independence, the Lady Pirates are led by sophomore forward Sadie Webb (5-10 of Emporia, Kan.) Webb leads the team with a 17.9 scoring average.
Veteran forward Tori Halvorsen (6-2 of Oslo, Norway) leads the Lady Pirates with a 7.5 rebounding mark while scoring 9.7 points per game with 30 blocked shots.
Resources Jayhawk Shoot-Out
At Coffeyville Community College
Women — 9 a.m., Barton County (5-8) vs Kansas City, Kan. (8-3); 11 a.m., No. 16 Seward County (13-1) vs Cowley County (9-4); 1 p.m., Pratt (2-12) vs D2 No. 13 Highland (10-3); 3 p.m., Garden City (5-8) vs Fort Scott (7-5); 5 p.m., Butler (7-7) vs Coffeyville (10-2); 7 p.m., Dodge City (1-12) vs Labette (10-2); 9 p.m., NEO (6-6) vs Allen Co (6-6).
Men — 9 a.m., NEO (9-5) vs Allen County (6-5); 11 a.m., Barton Co (10-4) vs Kansas City (11-1); 1 p.m., Seward County (10-3) vs Cowley (9-5); 3 p.m., Pratt (12-2) vs Highland (4-9); 5 p.m., Garden City (8-5) vs Fort Scott (3-9); 7 p.m., Butler (11-3) vs Coffeyville (8-4); 9 p.m., Dodge City (11-3) vs Labette (4-8).
Women — 9 a.m., Highland vs No. 13 Cloud County (15-0); 11 a.m., Neosho County (6-6) vs No. 23 Hutchinson (12-2);1 p.m., D2 No. 5 Johnson County (11-0) vs Colby (2-12); 3 p.m., Fort Scott vs Barton County; 5 p.m., Coffeyville vs No. 16 Seward County; 7 p.m., Kansas City, Kan. vs Garden City; 9 p.m., Independence (9-2) vs NEO.
Men — 9 a.m., D2 No. 14 Johnson County (8-4) vs Colby (6-8); 11 a.m., Highland vs Cloud County (7-7); 1 p.m., Neosho Co (9-3) vs No. 9 Hutchinson (13-1); 3 p.m., Kansas City vs Garden City; 5 p.m., Independence (9-3) vs NEO; 7 p.m., Coffeyville vs Seward County; 9 p.m., Fort Scott vs Barton County.
Women — 9 a.m., Colby vs Labette; 11 a.m., Cloud County vs Allen County; 1 p.m., Dodge City vs Cowley; 3 p.m., Pratt vs Neosho County; 5 p.m., Hutchinson vs Independence; 7 p.m., Butler vs Johnson County.
Men — 9 a.m., Pratt vs Neosho County; 11 a.m., Colby vs Labette; 1 p.m., Cloud County vs Allen County; 3 p.m., Dodge City vs Cowley; 5 p.m., Butler vs Johnson County; 7 p.m., Hutchinson vs Independence.