Julie Lybarger


The Lions started the week off right on Wednesday by sweeping the Hornets of Emporia State out of the building.

Tomorrow they will travel to Hays, Kan., to take on Fort Hays State.

On the women’s side the Lions used 24 points from junior point guard India Wood and 22 points and eight rebounds from senior forward Tynesha Pierce to fly by the Lady Hornets 90-71.

The Lady Tigers are led by a pair of seniors in forwards Brianna Willhite and Sheena Kuntzsch. Kuntzsch averages 13.4 points per game as well 6.8 rebounds per contest. Willhite adds 13 points a game.

For Southern to be successful on the road against Fort Hays, Wood and the rest of the Lion guards must be aggressive. The offense has looked much better in the last couple of weeks as Wood has started using her athleticism to get by defenders and to the basket.

The Southern women are led by senior forwards Pierce and Fatai Hala’Api’Api. Hala’Api’Api is averaging team bests in points (12.8) and rebounds (6.4). Wood has also raised her scoring average over 10.

The Fort Hays men are led by guards Jake Sims and Tyrone Evans. Sims is the team’s leading scorer averaging 10.3 points per game while Evans has just caught on in the last week and has scored 28 points in two of his last three games.

For Southern, junior forward Vincent Ateba continues to play bigger than his 6-foot-4 frame. After Wednesdays 23 point, 10 rebound effort, Ateba is averaging 15.3 points and 7.6 rebounds a contest. If he continues to play as well as he has been, then Southern should have little problem getting past the Tigers.

Although, senior guard TJ Britton doesn’t see it that way.

“If they shoot well it could be a dog fight,” Britton said after the Lions’ victory Wednesday.

Look for the Lions to go on the road and get the sweep from Fort Hays. The men and women could both win by 15.