The Barton Community College women's basketball team knocked off No. 25 nationally ranked Iowa Western Community College 79-77 in the opening night of the Best Western and Cougar Booster Club Classic held Friday at the Barton Gym. Trailing by three after the first ten minutes, the Lady Cougars regained a one point lead by halftime before having the Reivers take a two point lead to the final quarter. A three point play with 7:22 remaining gave Barton a lead they wouldn't relinquish, building the advantage out to seven before holding off Iowa Western down the stretch for the victory. Improving to 2-0 on the season, Barton will next take on nationally receiving votes Northern Oklahoma College-Enid at 5:30 p.m. Saturday while Iowa Western looks to bounce back from their season opening loss with the 1:00 p.m. opening game versus the junior varsity squad from Washburn University.
Sophomore transfer Baylee Robinson had a monster night in leading four Lady Cougars in double digits with twenty-five points and ten rebounds. Katrina Roenfeldt just missed a double-double night knocking down five three pointers enroute to a twenty-one point and nine rebound performance to go along with a team high five steals. Regan Unruh added eleven points as did birthday girl Jalisa Jones who gave Barton the go-ahead fourth quarter points converting a three point play. Unruh was joined by Alexus Bryson in leading a fifteen assist team effort with four dimes each.
Azaria Floyd led a balance Reiver output with fourteen while Jazza Johns scored ten while tying Destinee Tooks for high rebound honors with seven each in helping Iowa Western to 45-34 rebound advantage.
In the earlier contest, NOC-Enid improved to 2-0 on the early season behind a thirty-one point effort from Sarah Garvie in pulling away from Washburn JV 77-52. Madison Varjo led the Ichabods with nineteen off the bench including a 5-of-10 shooting display from beyond the arc while Sydney Paialii added ten points.