ABOVE: Marissa Evans, junior guard, dribbles past a Mid-America Christian opponent. Evans was a starter in the Halloween evening game, ending with a Builder loss of 70-88. “We are disappointed with the loss, but encouraged by the great start to the game,” said Whitney Corley, head coach. “We will get back to work to keep improving our toughness and focus to play well for the entire 40 minutes.” (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)

By Tessa Castor

Staff reporter

The Lady Builder basketball team took on Mid-America Christian at 6 p.m. Wednesday night in Stewart Field House.

The Builders started off strong, ending the first quarter ahead 29-24. However, the MACU Evangels scored 23 in the second quarter, sliding past by the half and leading Southwestern 39-47.

“We started off very well and we relaxed a little bit,” said Makala Canada, junior guard. “That’s when they took advantage of it and it showed that we need to stay focused for the full 40 minutes and not just half of the game. We have some more work to do in practice, but this is only the beginning. We will bounce back.”

The MACU lead continued throughout the second half, and the final score was a Builder loss of 70-88. This was the first game of the 2018-2019 season, giving the team a 0-1 record. The loss doesn’t deter the team’s goals.

“I’m excited to get the season rolling,” said Rylee Barnes, freshman guard. “Tonight was a good test for us. MACU is a great team and we now know moving forward what we need to work on. We’re looking forward to the next game and developing our chemistry on the court.”

On the individual side, Ashley Carillo, sophomore post, scored the most points for the Lady Builders. Carillo put 16 points on the board for SC, with Marissa Evans, junior guard, and Brittany Lawler, senior guard, both followed with 15 points. The three, along with Canada and Kamy Walck, senior forward, started the game.

“I believe as a team we started strong and all the pieces were there,” said Carillo. “With a few of our key players missing, everyone stepped up to fulfill the missing entities. Our dilemma was that we all, as a team, went through a few mental lapses that caused us to constantly try to play catch-up. We had a high number of turnovers but those can be cut down with a little more discipline by everyone.”

“It wasn’t the start to the season we wanted, but we had a solid first quarter and a half that we just have to build off of,” said Walck. “Our expectations for the season haven’t changed, and I’m optimistic and excited for what’s to come.”

Last year, the Lady Builder basketball team finished their season with a record of 7-23. The team is hopeful to improve upon this, coupled with hard work from the team in practices.

“We will continue to work on getting better at fighting through adversity, and learning how we can use those opportunities and situations to make us a better team,” said Chris Burks, assistant coach.

“I’m excited to get the season rolling,” said Claren McCormick, junior post. “Tonight was a good test for us. MACU is a great team and we now know moving forward what we need to work on. We’re looking forward to the next game and developing our chemistry on the court.”

The Lady Builder basketball team will play again at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. The game will be streamed live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/sckans/. The next game at home will be against Haskell at 7 p.m. Nov. 9.

“It’s still early in the season and as we are putting everything together. I expect big things during this season for LBB,” said Carillo.

Tessa Castor is a junior majoring in English. You may email her at tessa.castor@sckans.edu.