Women’s basketball wins at senior day

Action-packed: Alexis McAfee works her way to the basket. McAfee averaged 13.1 points per game, as a senior at Sabetha High School.

Eriko Hiranoi and Jason Morrison

A celebration is in order for the Washburn Ichabods women’s basketball team who hailed an almost 30 point victory over the Lincoln Blue Tigers. At the senior day game Saturday, Feb 22 at Lee arena, the victorious basketball team enjoyed a solid win over the Lincoln Missouri team and sent them away with some things to think about for the next time they play.

There was a lot of fast-moving blue color when Washburn scored 85 points against the Tigers. The Ichabods built confidence right away when Alex McAfee’s three-point shot landed true. During the first quarter, senior Regan Phelan tossed in four three-pointers to bring the lead over Lincoln to nine points. The first quarter score was a respectable 33-14.

In the second quarter, senior Shelbe Piggie made her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, proud when she shot 2 points after receiving a long pass from guard Regan Phelan.

“We shot the ball well early. We made that nine three-point shoot the first half. We had 16 assists at halftime so, I thought we did a great job of sharing the ball,” said Head Coach Ron McHenry.

The half ended with a score of 58 – 29, Washburn.

There was no hope for the Tigers in the second half when Washburn maintained a 20 point lead.  6’2″ foward Sabela Reigosa shot for two at the end of the third quarter. If they watched the game in her hometown of Barcelona, Spain, they were cheering. The third quarter closed at 71-44.

Junior Hunter Bentley went in for three, to make the Missouri Blues sing the blues about the 34 point lead. In that final quarter, junior guard Adyson Narber put the final nail in the Tiger coffin with a successful free-throw.

“Once we got on a roll, we were really good and made some easy baskets, then put up a fast-break layup and some three-pointers… We’ve done pretty well,” said McHenry.

The game ended with Washburn celebrating an 85-56 win. The Lincoln Blue Tigers fell to 3-23, while the Washburn Ichabods reached 16-10. McAfee, Thompson, Reigosa, Phelan, Piggie and Mia Castaneda are seniors who were recognized for their achievements after the game.

“It’s pretty special in my four years here I couldn’t ask for a better ending to a great four years. I’m so thankful for everything that this program has given me,” said Phelan.

Edited by Jason Morrison, Adam White, Diana Martinez-Ponce