Cornelson’s Double-Double Leads Blue Jays to Victory
Athletic News - Basketball(W)
A back and forth battle between the Blue Jays and the Eureka Red Devils results in a 79-76 victory for Westminster. The Blue Jays are now 11-1 in conference play and 12-9 overall. Senior Kenna Cornelson (Oklahoma City, Okla. / Casady) finished with her first double-double of the year, scoring 13 points and dishing 11 assists.
Despite a quick score for the Red Devils to start the game, senior Laci Luff (Pea Ridge, Ark. / Pea Ridge) scored two back-to-back buckets to give the Blue Jays the lead. Luff finished with 11 points.
The Blue Jays opened the lead up to 10 points with seven minutes to go, but the Red Devils snuck back and grabbed lead heading into halftime. The Blue Jays ended the half down 34-31.
The battle continued in the second half between the two teams, but a jumper from senior Hannah Kloster (Springfield, Mo. / Parkview) put the Blue Jays back on top with 12 minutes left in the game. Kloster finished with a team-high 18 points.
Free throws from Luff and freshmen Mackenzie Haddox (St. Francis Borgia / Washington, Mo.) sealed the Blue Jay victory with seconds remaining in the game. Haddox added 14 points to the victory. Also in double figures for the Blue Jays was junior Leigh Ann Lutz (California, Mo. /California), who finished with 12 points.
The Blue Jays look to continue their run for a conference title on Wednesday when they host Greenville College at 6:00 p.m. The Blue Jays are using this game as their Play 4Kay Breast Cancer Awareness game.
Greenville is currently sixth in the SLIAC. In their last match up, Talisha Washington (Fulton, Mo. /Fulton) aided in the Blue Jays’ in their 51-42 win over the Greenville Panthers.