Baskets by De’Kisha Fondon of Water Valley and Sabrina Townsend of Batesville keyed a 13-5 run as the Northwest Mississippi Community College Lady Rangers fought their way back during the home opener against Arkansas Baptist Lady Buffalos Nov. 9 at Howard Coliseum in Senatobia.
However poor shooting and turnovers proved to be the downfall of the Lady Rangers in their 78-61 loss. Northwest shot just 33.8 percent from the field and committed 33 turnovers en route to falling to 1-1 on the season.
The Lady Rangers missed eight of their first 10 attempts from the field and fell behind 11-4 six minutes into the contest.
Lady Ranger forwards Dequashia Simpson of Milan, Tenn., and Hope Adams of Oxford combined to score the first eight points of the second half as Northwest claimed a 40-33 advantage with 17:34 remaining.
Arkansas Baptist out-scored the Lady Rangers 29-12 over the next 11 minutes to take a 62-52 lead.
Simpson converted a three-point play with 4:42 remaining to cut Northwest’s deficit to 65-58, but that’s as close as the Lady Rangers could get.
Northwest scored just one point in the final three minutes.
Four different players scored 10 points for the Lady Rangers including Fondon, Adams, Simpson, and Tamara Wadlington of Oxford, while Townsend added nine.
Simpson also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, while Lanita Futrell of Coldwater dished out six assists.
Northwest travels to Utica Thursday, Nov. 12 to take on Hinds. The Lady Rangers return home Tuesday, Nov. 17 to host Volunteer State.