SEMINOLE---Turnovers, turnovers and more turnovers proved costly to the Connors State Cowgirls against the Seminole State Belles in an Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference clash at Ray Harbor Field House.
The result was a 69-56 loss to the Belles their sixth straight conference defeat. The Cowgirls are now 17-8 on the year and 4-7 in conference play. Seminole State improves to 11-12 and 6-5.
Connors committed 16 turnovers in the game, many resulting in points for the Belles.
"I thought we had 20 or more, it sure looked like it," said a disappointed Cowgirls coach Jamie Fisher.
"We have got to regain our swagger. We have lost it. But the main thing is we have to protect the basketball," said Fisher.
The Cowgirls are now in danger of not reaching the Region II Tournament in March if the losing trend continues.
Caylin Livers led the Cowgirls scoring with 19 points all coming in the first half. De'Asia Reid added 10 in the loss.
The Belles had three players scoring 18 points each, Kryslyn Jones, J'Sades Ainsworth and Mykayla Dumas.
Cowgirls rallied from a seven point deficit 21-14 at the 5:43 mark of the second quarter to take a two point lead at the half 30-28.
The catalyst for Connors was the three-point shooting of Livers as she drained four in the second quarter and one in the first to finish with 19 first half points.
It was Livers trey with one-second on the clock to give the Cowgirls the half time lead.
Connors finished with six three-pointers in the first two quarters of play.
The second half belong to the Belles building an 11-point advantage 65-54 with2:47 remaining.
It was a margin the Cowgirls could not overcome the rest of the way.
SEMINOLE STATE 69, CONNORS STATE 56
Connors State 14 16 14 12--56
Seminole State 15 13 19 22--69
Connors State (17-8, 4-7)—Livers 19, Reid 10, Ludlow 8, Crain 7, Mayes 5, Jones 3, Taylor 2, La. Wright 2.
Seminole State (11-12, 6-5)—Jones 18, Ainsworth 18, Dumas 18, Gilford 10, Gordon 2, Young 2, Hero 2, Lyons 1.