ABOVE: Makala Canada, senior guard, leaps up for a clear shot at the basket. The Lady Builders lost to Avila 67-59 with a fast paced drive in the fourth quarter. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)

RJay McCoy
Staff reporter

Wednesday night the Lady Builders were back at it with a home conference game with the Lady Eagles of Avila. The Lady Builders fought hard but came up short to Avila with the score of 67-59.

Before the game between the two teams in a mid-week showdown, the Lady Builders are coming off their first win of the year in KCAC play, defeating Ottawa 87-62 on Saturday Nov. 16.

The Lady Eagles came in coming off a win against Friends to start the year off with a win in conference play beating the Falcons 76-55.

Out of the gate, the Eagle made a good first impression coming into Stewart Fieldhouse.

The first quarter is highlighted by Avila’s Paige Bunn to score six of their first quarter points.

For the Lady Builders the first quarter scoring did not match the Eagles, scoring six points courtesy of Jazmyne Laskey, senior guard, and Ashley Carrillo, junior center.

The Lady Builders ended the first quarter ended trailing the Eagle by a score of 12-6.

Starting the second quarter of the game down 12-6, Avila continued to knock down free throws from Bunn and Paige Esry to move the lead to 16-8 following Carrillo’s scoring two early on in the quarter. 

From there, the Lady Builders take a deficit of 16-8 to a deficit of only two making the game 20-18 with the Lady Builders being up, scoring nine by Brittany Lawler, senior guard, Marissa Evans, senior guard, Claren McCormick, senior center, and Rylee Barnes, sophomore guard, that lasted four minutes.

Following the run by the Builders, the Eagles shut down the run quick answering with 10 unanswered points going into the half up by a score of 28-20.

With the start of the second half, the Eagles started where they had left off starting the quarter on a 7-0 run to increase the lead to 35-20. The Lady Builders’ later snapped the run; McCormick with a two-point bucket to try to turn the tables for the Lady Builders but ultimately could not, ending the half by a score of 55-28 with Avila leading by 27.

Going into the fourth quarter down by 27, the Lady Builders needed to cut into the lead to have a chance of making a comeback.

Barnes, said, “We had a bad third quarter and waited too long to respond versus them.”  

The Lady Builders’ senior guard Marissa Evans put up 11 points in an effort to put a surge into her team but ultimately the Builders did not come close.

Evans, said, “We just have to go back to work tomorrow and get ready for McPherson.”

The Lady Builders continue KCAC play by taking to the road to face McPherson on Saturday Nov. 23 at 3pm in McPherson, Kan. You can catch them back at home on Dec. 5 for Holiday Night vs Oklahoma Wesleyan at 6pm in Stewart Fieldhouse.