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Lutheran West 65, Columbia 56
By Tim Coulter  | staff
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

COLUMBIA --  Facing all kinds of adversity in their conference matchup against the Columbia Raiders, the Lutheran West Longhorns proved that they could step up to a challenge and deliver. Playing a physical team four tough quarters, the Longhorns delivered to get the win, 65-56, and  cement a third place finish in the strong PAC-12 Stripes Division.

The first two quarters were a physical battle for the Longhorns. Columbia, a very physical team, managed to force many turnovers to keep the Longhorn’s offense from getting set up and running effectively. At the end of the first quarter, the Longhorns were down 11-15. Columbia continued to force steals, at one point going on a 6-0 run after getting three steals in a row, in the second quarter. However, the Longhorns were able to keep the game close with their press break and converting on fast breaks to end the half down only 24-21.

The second half was a big turnaround for the Longhorns. Coming out of halftime, the Longhorns went on a 11-2 run off of big threes by seniors Lindsey Tomola, Marissa Spelich, and Bre Coreno and scoring off of an over-and-back call within the first two minutes. The third quarter continued to be physical for both teams. Tomola hit a three before the end of the third to put the Longhorns up 42-37 going into the fourth.

But Columbia wasn't going to go away easily.  Slowly, Lutheran West began to pull away from the Raiders.  Showing their mental toughness, the Longhorns overcame some trying officiating, and put together a monster fourth quarter, putting in 23 points and eventually winning by nine points.

The Longhorns got help from the whole team with scoring, even some players coming off the bench, including junior Katelyn Thornton who added eleven points total and eight in the fourth.
Tue 11/27/12
L, 62-43
Sat 12/1/12
W, 55-36
Mon 12/3/12
L, 48-40
Wed 12/5/12
L, 57-44
Mon 12/10/12
W, 51-41
Wed 12/12/12
W, 56-47
Sat 12/15/12
L, 66-63
Mon 12/17/12
L, 67-39
Wed 12/19/12
W, 53-30
Sat 1/5/13
L, 66-65
Mon 1/7/13
W, 57-55
Wed 1/9/13
W, 63-16
Sat 1/12/13
W, 60-37
Wed 1/16/13
W, 45-32
Sat 1/19/13
W, 48-30
Sat 1/26/13
L, 42-35
Wed 1/30/13
L, 36-24
Sat 2/2/13
L, 40-37
Mon 2/4/13
L, 47-43
Wed 2/6/13
W, 65-56
Sat 2/9/13
W, 63-15
Sat 2/16/13
W, 39-26
Tue 2/19/13
W, 68-24
2012-13 Coach Josh Campbell
2008-09 through 2013-14

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