A hot start to both halves of Saturday’s home North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference game helped lift the Weatherford College Lady Coyotes (19-4, 7-2) to an 89-70 win over the visiting Terrell Southwestern Christian College Lady Rams, while extending the former’s conference win streak to three games in the process.

Bolstered by an efficient shooting performance by sophomore guard Destiny McAfee, who paced all Lady Coyote scorers with 27 points (including 3-of-4 in three-point shooting; 11-of-15 overall in field goals), WC jumped out to a 28-19 lead after one quarter, before SwCC pulled within 11 at halftime after trailing WC only 22-20 in scoring in the second frame.

That momentum was largely crushed early by the Lady Coyotes coming out of the break, as the home team went on a 19-10 third-quarter run to push its lead to 20 points (69-49) heading into the final frame.

While the Lady Rams finally matched the Lady Coyotes’ scoring in a quarter during the fourth, the former’s 21-20 scoring advantage in the frame fell well short of rallying the team past WC, which held on for the double-digit win.

In addition to McAfee’s scoring prowess, the Lady Coyotes benefitted from a strong performance on the boards courtesy of their starters, with McAfee, sophomore guard Anna Jefferson-Polk, sophomore guard Faith Norman, sophomore forward Ashawntae Brown and freshman forward Adela Valkovaj combining for 25 rebounds out of a team total 42.

Even more, freshman center Kay-Hauata Phillips put up 10 points off the bench for WC, claiming the team’s No. 2 spot in scoring, while Brown took the squad’s third-leading scoring spot with 10 points.

The Lady Coyotes host the Temple College Lady Leopards in a conference game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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