A&F NewsletterSpring 2004
SALINA — The run in postseason play stopped just one game after both Tiger basketball teams won home games in the first round of the Region VI Tournament. The Cowley men dropped a 68-60 decision to Barton County on March 7, while the women’s team lost 83-72 to Colby on March 6.
Both Cowley teams end the season with 23-9 overall records. The Cowley men were unable to stop Barton County’s JP Batista, a 6-9, 260-pound sophomore from Olinda PE, Brazil. He made all 17 of his free-throw attempts and finished with 29 points and nine rebounds to help Barton County hold off the Tigers. The game was close throughout as the lead changed hands eight times in the first half before the Cougars settled for a 34-33 halftime lead. Cowley will say goodbye to five sophomores: Brandon Kelley, Francis Cuyler, Mark Mathew, Alex Elam and Valentino Hart. Cuyler’s 583 points scored this season rank as the 12th most in school history.
Down by as many as 18 points in the first half and 15 at halftime, the Cowley women battled hard in the second half but never regained the lead against Colby. Colby raced to a 24-10 lead in the game’s first eight minutes, and led 40-22 after a basket by 6-4 sophomore Bojana Samardziska with 3:30 left in the opening half. Trailing 45-30 at halftime, Cowley scored the first six points of the second half to pull within 45-36. The Lady Tigers cut Colby’s lead to 60-55 on Brandi Lewis’ three-pointer with 9:15 left to play, but that was as close as they would get as the Lady Trojans kept Cowley at bay by going 31-34 from the free-throw line. “Ninety-one percent from the free-throw line in a tournament game is phenomenal,” Cowley head coach Stephanie Smith said. Sophomore Ariana Scales led Cowley with 21 points, but made just 8-26 shots from the floor. Scales did manage to hit three three-pointers, and break Sabrina Whittler’s school-record for three-pointers in a season with 75. She also finished the season with a school-record 654 points and 255 field goals. The Lady Tigers will lose seven sophomores from this year’s team: Devin Reed, Vanessa Fiske, LaShelle Parker, Scales, Ebony Haliburton, Ashley Stinson and Lewis.