Coach Darin Grover’s young ladies closed out a good run in the Great American Conference post-season basketball tournament Friday afternoon.
The Savage Storm posted an overall 17-10 record with a 15-7 GAC mark good for fourth place in the final regular-season standings.
Cold shooting in the first half led to an 83-78 loss to East Central in the first round of the tournament.
The Storm came back strong in the second half, boosting the field-goal percentage from 33.3 to 42.5 percent and three-point shooting from 14.29 (two of 14) to 47.06 (eight of 17) percent and putting 49 points on the board. The great finish wasn’t quite enough to climb all of the way out of the first-half hole.
Grover will need to replace two of the top-three scorers in 5-5 senior Olivia Potter (13 points, .355 from 3-point range on 77 of 217) and 5-7 senior Rachel Wallace (8.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and .382 from beyond the arc on 34 of 89).
Katie Webb led the team in scoring (13.5 points), rebounding (7.4 per game), steals (32) and blocked shots (20). The 5-10 all-around performer will return for her junior year.
Sa’Liesha Hunter averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 boards. The 5-6 senior-to-be sparked the Storm with 105 assists.
Emem David scored 6.9 points and was a close second with 7.3 rebounds a game. The six-footer shot .521 from the floor and will be back for her senior season.
Five-foot-nine Ariannah Kemp finished with 6.4 points and 5.7 boards, shot .496 from the floor and will return for her junior campaign.
COACH SHAWN HAMIL’s Southeastern tennis teams have started the season with identical 5-1 records.
Hamill played at Southeastern from 1994-98 while earning his bachelor of science in occupational safety and health. He picked up his master’s in social work in 2007 at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Southeastern will host Ferris State (Michigan) University at 11 a.m. today and Arkansas-Fort Smith at 1 p.m. Saturday.
COACH MIKE METHENY’S Savage Storm baseballers led early, but fell to the University of Central Oklahoma in the first game here Tuesday afternoon.
Wins are difficult to come by at this level and even the elements have no problem with jumping on the pile.
The Storm and Bronchos battled to a tie after eight innings and the game was called on account of darkness.
Southeastern hosted Texas A&M-International in a single game Wednesday afternoon before getting back into Great American Conference competition against Southwestern in a single game at 2 p.m. Friday and a twinbill starting at noon on Saturday at the Ballpark in Durant.
COACH RON FAUBION’S softballers are on the road this weekend for GAC play against Southwestern’s Lady Bulldogs.
After a slow start, the LadyStorm swept Northwestern last weekend to climb into fifth place in the GAC standings at 11-7 overall and 5-3 in league play.
Southern Arkansas leads the conference at 18-2 overall and 8-0 in the GAC. Harding (15-3) and Arkansas Tech (13-7 are tied for second at 7-1 with Arkansas-Monticello fourth at 12-6 and 6-2.
Ouachita Baptist (10-10) is sixth at 4-4 with East Central (12-8) and Henderson State (9-11) knotted at 3-5.
Southwestern (8-10) and Southern Nazarene (4-12) are tied at 2-6 with Oklahoma Baptist (6-8) at 1-7 and Northwestern (2-18) at 0-8.
The LadyStorm visit Henderson State for four games on March 17-18 before hosting Ouachita Baptist for a four-game set on March 24-25.
Jordyn James paces the Storm with a .383 batting average. She has a pair of home runs and 15 runs batted in.
Destiny Riddle is hitting .373 with team highs in doubles (seven) and RBIs (18), along with two homers.
Symphoni Shomo is batting .345 with six doubles, seven RBIs and a team-leading 7-of-8 stolen bases.
Kennedy (Goose) Salyers hits .333 with seven doubles and 10 runs batted in.
Keeshia Thompson averages .327 with three doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs.
Mykaela Wallace is batting .321 with two doubles, two triples, three roundtrippers and 10 runs batted in.
Conner Harmon is hitting .269 with six doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs.
Emily Cudd is 9-3 with a 3.42 earned-run average. She has pitched 69.2 innings with 17 appearances in the circle, has started nine games and completed five with 35 strikeouts while limiting opponents to a .276 batting average.
Ashley Moore is 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA in 29.2 innings with nine appearances, four starts, 15 whiffs and a .237 opponent batting average.
Harold Harmon is the retired Sports Editor at the Democrat and Sports Information Director at Southeastern