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INA, Ill. (Feb. 3, 2014) – Rend Lake College basketball teams played two make-up games against Southeastern Illinois Monday night in Waugh gymnasium. The GRAC match-ups lead to victories for both the Warriors and the Lady Warriors on Homecoming night.
First to take the floor was the women’s team, defeating the Lady Falcons 81-54. The win puts the Lady Warriors at 9-8 for the season and 4-5 against Region XXIV opponents.
The Lady Warriors started the game down 4-9 in the first five minutes, but came back to a 15-15 tie halfway through the first half. They ended the half at 40-27 with sophomore Kristina Henley (Metropolis, IL) out front with 14 points.
Their lead only increased in the second half as ten players filled the scoring column. Top scorers for the Lady Warriors were Henley with 19 points, freshman Natalie Williamson (Mt. Vernon, IL) with 12 points and Marquita Hilliard-Williams (Madison, WI) with 11 points. The top scorers for the Lady Falcons were Brooke Dodane (Mechanicsburg, OH) with 19 points and Anna Best (Marmaduke, AR) with 13 points.
Other Lady Warriors scorers were LaNeice Cannon (Madison, WI) with nine, Savannah Enlow (Corydon, IN) with seven, Denise Johnson (Memphis, TN) and Khadijah Wilson (Madison, WI) both with six, Kristen Jenkins (San Antonio, TX) and Jasmine Guthrie (Belleville, IL) both with four, and Jamillie Reed (Memphis, TN) with three.
Like the women’s game, the Warriors started off slow, dropping to 2-6 in the first two minutes. The close game went back and forth throughout the first half, ending with a Warrior deficit of 30-37. The Falcons played outside, scoring 21 of their 37 points as three pointers. Sophomore Montez Williams (East St. Louis, IL) scored the only three point shot of the first half for the Warriors, and led the scoring column with 13 points.
The game continued to be a close one in the second half, with the Warriors behind until the 8 minute mark. After taking the lead at 52-50, they never looked back, ending the game at 72-60.
Top scorers for the Warriors were Williams at 19 points, Jeril Taylor (Louisville, KY) with 16 points, and Ruben Gosa (Vine Grove, KY) with 13 points. The top Falcon scorers were Jaylen Carter (Grand Rapids, MI) with 13 points and Jamie Carr (Louisville, KY) with 10 points.
Other scorers for the Warriors were Parish McCullum (Maywood, IL) with eight, Brandon Johnson (East St. Louis, IL) and Cortez Macklin (Louisville, KY) both with six, and Jauan Akins (Vine Grove, KY) and Devontai Halfacre (St. Louis, MO) both with two. The Warriors are now 13-8 for the season and 4-5 in the GRAC.
The two teams will play the next four games on the road, taking on Southwestern Feb. 5, Southeastern Feb. 8, Kaskaskia Feb. 12 and Olney Central Feb. 15. The next home game will be against GRAC opponent Wabash Valley at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17. For all things athletic at The Lake, visit www.rlc.edu/warriors.