Lady Lions breeze to 79-39 triumph
Coach Beadles Wins 200th
Winston, Bratchett lead 12 Lady Lion scorers
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s basketball team went full throttle on Monday night, breezing to a 79-39 triumph over Dallas Christian College.
In winning for the third time in their last four games, the Lady Lions evened their season mark at 3-3.
The victory was the 200th in Head Coach Arlon Beadles career as a coach of women’s college basketball. He has spent decades leading high school, junior college and four-year institutions in men’s and women’s hoops.
Prior to taking the reins of the Lady Lions, he went 100-100 at Emmanuel College, an NAIA school located in Franklin Springs, Georgia. Beadles entered this season with 97 wins in seven years in Waxahachie.
SAGU, who will start their final season in the Red River Athletic Conference with a road game at Huston-Tillotson University on Thursday, return home on Saturday for a 2:00pm matinee against Jarvis Christian College.
SAGU finished their non-conference season by executing as a team better than in any of their previous games, according to Assistant Coach Kory Henry.
Nineteen days ago the Lady Lions whipped Dallas Christian, 80-68, at the SAGU Classic. In that game the team vaulted to a 23-point lead in the first half, only to lose it after halftime.
In the rematch the Lady Lions left no doubt about the outcome. They gripped the upper hand, in the words of writer A. Whitney Brown, like a pit bull on a chuck roast.
The squad broke away from a 3-3 tie with seven quick points, and took a 39-10 lead into the locker room at halftime. There would be no let-up this time. Another lesson learned at the hands of Coach Beadles.
With a starting line-up of two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior, this squad will only improve.
Competition for court time has heightened with the arrival of freshman Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) and Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS), a sophomore. By hitting their shots and grabbing rebounds in their debut, they each earned a start in Farmers Branch, a 43-mile drive north of Waxahachie.
Donning their road uniforms, all twelve who suited up as the Purple Pride produced points.
Junior Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Panola JC, Lakeview Centennial) and sophomore Okevia Bratchett (Center, Tx / Tenaha HS) poured in 19 and 17 points respectively.
Winston sank a three-pointer in each half, as well as making all five of her free throw attempts. The playmaker also laid claim to six boards.
The play of Bratchett can be best described as the "Flight of the Bumblebee" meets a smiling bucketeer.
Elusive and hasty, she poured in 17 points, punctuated with four triples. Her seven steals were a career best.
SAGU dominated the paint, where they owned the boards, claiming a 56-33 advantage.
Cox ruled with 19 rebounds, topping her previous high of 17, which she achieved twice in her freshman campaign. She had eight caroms on offense and also contributed a pair of blocked shots.
Sodich reeled in eight, while three other players seized six apiece; Cordia Harvatin (San Antonio, Tx / Stacey HS), Brittany Griffin (Rockwall, Tx / Rockwall Christian) and Winston.
Bethany Krock (San Antonio, Tx / Cornerstone Christian) snatched five boards and was also credited with three steals.
Perhaps their command could be seen even clearer beyond the arc. In their first meeting the Lady Crusaders connected on 12 of 26 shots from long distance. On Monday, they were held to zero of 22. Meanwhile, SAGU made 7-of-21.
The scoring parade also included Sodich, who bagged nine points, Harvatin tossed in seven, Cox had six and four who netted four; Taylor Hill (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS), Shaina Tanks (Spring Branch, Tx / Smithson Valley HS), Krock and Griffin.
Sierra Hankins (Welch, Ok / Welch HS) and Mallorie Lough (Brownsboro, Tx / Brownsboro HS) scored two, with Andrea Lugo (San Antonio, Tx / Somerset HS) finishing with one.
Dallas Christian (1-7) had three players collaborate for 32 of their 39 points. Jessalyn Flowers bloomed, canning 11 points and gripping 15 rebounds.
LaQuisia Robertson also accounted for 11 points, while Diana Jimenez had 10.