By Rubi Torres, staff writer
Coach Darin Spence enjoyed a road win in his first game as Newman’s head coach, as the team won at Rockhurst University, in Kansas City, Missouri on Nov. 10, with a score of 64-59.
Four senior returners were playing for the Jets: guard Kianna Flannagan, forward/guard Anna Sonka, and forward Sumayyah Muhammad, and Bobbi Coleman who did not play last year because of an injury.
The Lady Jets won their first game of a series of away game against the Hawks.
During the game, Flannagan had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists.
“I believed in my team and in our game plan,” Flannagan said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, especially since we were on the road, but it was a good first game of the season.”
In the first half, the Jets and Hawks kept the score close.
However, the Hawks kept a lead on the Jets and finished the first half with a two-point lead, with a score of 28-26.
During the second half, the Jets were able to grab the lead against the Hawks with 13 minutes left of play time.
Shooters who helped the Jets included Flannagan, Sonka, junior Chynna Ramelb, junior Tyahnna Higgs and junior Cheniqwa Banks.
In the last two minutes of the game, Flannagan picked up four free throws and Sonka picked up one free throw, securing the victory for the Lady Jets.
Flannagan said the team is optimistic about the upcoming games on the road and hopes to learn from the away games.
“All road games are not easy,” she said. “I believe it’s preparing us for the future road games because we do have a lot of them this year.”
In the end, the Jets finished the game with a 37.5 field goal percentage, 11 turnovers and 42 rebounds.
The Lady Jets lost against Emporia State 66-77 last tuesday.