BUC MEN AND WOMEN FALL IN CONFERENCE ACTION

Buccaneer Women unable to recover from early mistakes

Blinn men struggle to find offensive rhythm in loss

WOMEN

Blinn College women’s basketball struggled on the offensive side of the ball and Panola College was able to take advantage and earn a 54-44 conference win on Wednesday night.

“We have struggled offensively in the last two games,” said Jeff Jenkins, Blinn head coach. “We have one more conference game before the break on Saturday and we need the Christmas break to get better.”

The loss drops the Buccaneers overall record to 6-5 and Region XIV record to 1-3.

Alanna Spencer led the Buccaneers with nine points, while Ke’Asia Williams followed with seven points and Jade Rochelle and Rayanna Carter each recorded six points in the loss.

Blinn and Panola played a close first quarter for Panola to narrowly hold a 15-13 lead heading into the second quarter. Panola gained leverage by using a strong defense to hold Blinn to four points in the second quarter and build a 27-17 lead at the half.

Blinn and Panola played head-to-head in the second half of the game as both teams scored 27 points. Blinn couldn’t make up ground against Panola as Panola held onto a 42-33 lead in the third quarter before defeating Blinn 54-44.

The Buccaneers will travel for their final conference game before the holiday break to play San Jacinto College-North on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

MEN

Bossier City, La. — Blinn College men’s basketball struggled to find its offensive rhythm as the Buccaneers fell to Bossier Parish Community College, 69-52, on Wednesday night.

“We came out and played really good defense and guarded well in the first half,” said Scott Schumacher, Blinn head coach. “Our guys played hard and competed throughout the entire game, but we just couldn’t get the ball to fall.”

The Buccaneers overall record falls to 7-3 and Region XIV record drops to 1-2 following the loss.

Offensively Markques Houston was the only Buccaneer to reach double digits with 14 points, while Tony Lewis followed with eight points.

The Buccaneers dug an early hole in the first half as Bossier Parish took a 30-18 lead. Blinn worked hard to catch up to Bossier Parish in the second half and put up 34 points, but it wasn’t enough as Bossier Parish took the win.

The Buccaneers will return home for a non-conference game against Victoria College on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. in the Kruse Center. Earlier in the season, Victoria defeated Blinn, 78-75.

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(COURTESY: Tara Dreyer, Blinn Information)