On Dec. 30, the Lady Petrels fell to 2-9 against non-conference competition following a 76-42 loss to York in the Country Inn and Suites Holiday Classic.
“Eight of the 10 teams that we have played had winning records,” Oglethorpe women’s basketball coach Aaron Nester said. “The win percentage of our non-conference opponents is about .620 so we’ve played a really tough non-conference slate in hopes of that preparing us for conference play.”
York (10-0) was probably the best team Oglethorpe (3-9) has faced so far since the Lady Spartans were ranked 19th in the nation at the time.
“As we build our program, I think we are able to see a lot of things that they do consistently that I think we are trying to get to,” Nester said. “I think we are going to get there but I think anytime you can play the best competition in the country it only makes you a better basketball team.”
Against York, Alana Bentley led the way with 10 points and Kendelle Culpepper added seven but the Lady Spartans scored the first eight points of the contest and never looked back.
The Lady Petrels trailed 32-19 at the break and a 23-1 run by the Lady Spartans to begin the second half prevented any chance of a comeback.
“I thought our kids battled hard,” Nester said. “York is a great program.”
Brittany Hicks had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Spartans. Kristen Haley scored 11 points and Karli McFatridge added 10.
“I think we are a better basketball team than our record says based on the competition that we’ve played,” Nester said. “I’m just excited to see what our kids do as we come back from break and head into conference play.”
This Friday, Oglethorpe continues Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play at Hendrix College in Arkansas and then at Rhodes College on Sunday in Tennessee.