GOODLAND, KS — Both Northwest Kansas Tech teams knew they were going to have their hands full going into Wednesday nights matchup against Region Six power Barton. The Mav’s hung tough in both games but came up short in the end.
W–FINAL (OT): BARTON 84 NORTHWEST TECH 76
The odds were very much stacked against the Lady Mav’s going into Wednesday night game. Tech was down to do about six and a half players due to injury and illness, but just like in other games this season Northwest got off to fast starting leading at the end of the first quarter 19-15. Mav’s would trail at halftime after being out scored 20-10 in the 2nd period.
Things would get worse before they got better as Tech trailed by 19 in the 2nd half but charge back in the fourth quarter to tie the game up 71 before the end of regulation thanks to two clutch free throws from Kiara Tharpe with 1.6 second left. In overtime the Mavericks just ran out of steam with the final being 84-76.
Tech got career performances from N’Dea Flye & Josie Cook who had 30 & 21 points respectively. Flye also had 10 rebounds giving her, her second double-double of the season as the Lady Mav’s fell to 0-19 on the season. Barton improved to 14-5 overall & 7-3 in conference.
HEAD COACH BROCK KIMBALL POSTGAME:
M–FINAL: BARTON 80 NORTHWEST TECH 71
Much like the women, the Northwest Tech men got off to semi fast start leading at the end of the first half 39-35. But the Mav’s would come out of halftime sluggish and get outscored 13-4, five minutes into the second half. Mavericks would be able to cut the lead to six with a little under two minutes left but would fall in the end by a final of 80-71.
Tech was led by Miles Gibson who scored 20 points for the 7th time in his career. Chris Freeman chipped in 15 points and the Mav’s had four players score in double figures. Barton’s Elijah Ford led the charge for the Cougars with a season high 26 points and 11 rebounds. Northwest fell to 10-10 on the season & 2-9 in conference play with the loss. The win for Barton improved them to 16-3 overall & 7-2 in the KJCCC.
The Mavericks hit the road on Saturday as they play at Pratt Community College. Girls game set to tip at 1 MT from the Beaver Dome.