LETU Athletic Communications
KERRVILLE — The LeTourneau women’s basketball team could not overcome a tough second quarter as the YellowJackets fell at Schreiner, 77-71, on Tuesday night in Kerrville.
The loss snaps a two-game winning streak for LeTourneau (3-2).
LeTourneau outscored Schreiner 33-19 in the fourth quarter, led by 14 points from Johnai Wimbleduff and 10 from Bailey Broughton, but could not complete the comeback effort. Schreiner (2-3) built a 27-point lead early in the third period only to see the YellowJackets trim the margin to 11 with five minutes left before the host Mountaineers held on for the win.
Wimbleduff had a game-high 20 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Haylee Jordan registered a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Kyndall Hardeman added 13 points and five boards with Broughton adding 10 points. Ajanae Thomas totaled nine points with four assists, three rebounds, and two steals.
LeTourneau had a six-point lead in the opening quarter after a Hardeman 3-pointer with 3:50 remaining. Schreiner ratcheted up the defensive pressure at that point and used a 34-4 run over the next 13-plus minutes of action to build a 45-21 lead at halftime.
The YellowJackets did not give up and made it a game in the second half. Trailing 53-27, LeTourneau used a 20-7 run over a five-minute stretch to get within 60-47 after a Broughton bucket with 8:33 left in the fourth quarter. A Wimbleduff 3-pointer later in the quarter brought the YellowJackets within 70-59 with 5:06 remaining.
Schreiner had the answers, though, and held on to a double-digit lead until the final minute of the game.
LeTourneau made 43.3 percent (26-of-60) from the field with six 3-pointers and went 13-of-17 at the foul line.
Schreiner was led by 18 points and five assists from Josline Hernandez, while Demauria Miles and Nariyah Buggs had 13 points each. The Mountaineers hit 10 3-pointers and connected on 34.6 percent (28-of-81) from the floor.
LeTourneau heads to San Antonio on Sunday to face No. 5-ranked Trinity (6 p.m.).