Lady Indians Drop Conference Opener Against Bobcats

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Jenine Coriz blows by the Bobcat defense on her way to a score. Coriz finished the game with 17 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds.

Turnovers and cold shooting from long range too much for Haskell to overcome.

By Charlie Perry

Lawrence Kansas-The (20) College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcats (10-5, 0-0) hit the road to take on the Haskell Lady Indians (11-3, 0-0) Friday evening in a matchup that pitted one of the top teams in the nation against an up and comer on a roll this season. The game started out quick as the Indians kept pace early with the Bobcats three-point shooting. At the 11 minute mark, Haskell would take a six point lead which would be the Indian’s biggest lead as the Bobcats stormed back to take a 12-point lead into half time 39-27.

Arnetia Begay drives through the Bobcats defense on route to a bucket.

Arnetia Begay drives through the Bobcats defense on route to a bucket.

As the second half began, Haskell started to show signs of life but turnovers throughout would keep the Ozarks comfortably ahead. The Indians had 25 turnovers in the game that the Bobcats took advantage of with solid three-point shooting. Ozarks would end the contest going 9 of 21 from long range. Haskell, on the other hand, went 7 of 23 from downtown failing to gain an advantage from deep.

Keli Warrior posts up the Bobcats defender as she turns for a lay in. Warrior would finish the contest with 9 points.

Keli Warrior posts up the Bobcats defender as she turns for a lay in. Warrior would finish the contest with 9 points.

A few controversial charging calls were called on the Indians as well when they attempted to make a comeback late in the game. Haskell, at one point, late cut a 15-point Bobcat lead to 7 before being called for charging on back to back possessions. Head coach, Shane Flanagan stuck by his girls as he made his case to the referees. He was given a technical foul warning for his troubles.

A few players stood out for Haskell in the loss however. Jenine Coriz put up 17 points as well as 2 three-pointers from deep to go with 6 assists and 3 rebounds. Kelli Warrior had a solid game adding 9 points and 4 rebounds to Haskell’s total. Jennah Wlliams finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Final Score Bobcats 68, Indians 57.