Midway, Ky. – The Midway University women's basketball team finished out the regular season on a high note on Thursday night as they defeated Brescia (Ky.), 66-57, on Senior Night inside Marshall Gymnasium.
After suffering through a winless season in 2015-16, the women's basketball program has done a complete 180 in John Kenger's second season as he has led his team to a 21-9 record overall and a 12-6 record in River States Conference play.
With the win, the Eagles clinched at least a share of the RSC West Division. The win also guarantees that Midway will host the first round of the River States Conference Tournament on Wednesday, February 22 with their opponent to be determined.
The Eagles currently lead Indiana University Kokomo by half a game in the West Division as IU Kokomo finishes their season on Saturday, February 18, with a game at Alice Lloyd (Ky.).
Midway not only faced the pressure of needing a win to clinch a home game in the postseason, but they were also dealt with the emotions of Senior Night. Four seniors: Breanna Ball (Dayton, Ohio), Jasmine Johnson (Liberty, Ky.), Libby Pike (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) and manger, Maria Kochenova were all honored prior to the game.
Even though the shots weren't falling for the seniors, they found a way to make an impact whether it grabbing a rebound or finding an open teammate. Ball led the seniors in scoring with eight points, while dishing out six assists and grabbing three rebounds. Johnson added seven points, three rebounds and two assists, while Pike added two points and three rebounds.
With the seniors not scoring at their usual clip, the Eagles needed someone to step up. Doing just that was the freshman duo of Timitryi Patterson (Bowling Green, Ky.) and Haleigh Yazell (Paris, Ky.). Patterson finished with a team-high 17 points, while Yazell chipped in with 15.
The Eagles would lead from the opening tap as Madison Jones (Union, Ky.) and Yazell knocked down back-to-back triples to give the home team their largest lead of the game at 59-33 just a minute into the fourth period.
The Bearcats (4-24, 2-15 RSC) then came storming back with a 17-0 run cutting the deficit to nine, but the Eagles responded with a corner trey from Jessica Rice (Lawrenceburg, Ky.) to extend the lead back to 12.
Brescia wouldn't go away as they battled back cutting the lead to six, but once again the Eagles had an answer. This time it was Patterson who converted an and-one as Midway was able to hang on for the 66-57 win.
Midway finished the night shooting 46.4 percent from the floor (26-56) and 42.1 percent from long range where they went 8-of-19. The Bearcats shot 32.7 percent overall (18-55) while going 6-of-26 from three for 20.7 percent.
The Eagles will now turn their attention to postseason play as they will host a River States Conference East Division team on Wednesday, February 22, inside Marshall Gymnasium.
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