Despite a strong comeback the SFA Ladyjacks fell short to rival Sam Houston State in the quarterfinals of the Southland Conference Basketball tournament in Katy Friday afternoon.
Sam Houston was propelled to the win by Shernise Robertson who scored 11 points in the final 10 minutes of action.
"I knew the game was in crunch time and my team needed me," Robertson said. "I knew we needed a basket so I got the ball in my hands."
Sam lead by 15 points as halftime approached. The ladyjacks came out of the halftime break on an 11-0 run getting the jacks to within 3. SFA finally took the lead when guard Taylor Ross knocked down a basket with 3:57 in the third. Ross would lead all scorers with 32 points.
“The first half was kind of bad so I [was thinking] I need to pick it up, start hitting more shots, or, if I’m not hitting shots, I need to get my teammates open," Taylor Ross said. I was driving, I was going hard and they just fell.”
Robertson would hit a three pointer to snap a 46 all tie and the lady Bearkats would not look back.
"We scored the first seven to eight points starting the second half," Coach Mark Kellogg said. "We even took the lead with three or four minutes to go in the third quarter. I thought we were right in the game and we needed to settle down and play. We had opportunities and offensive rebounds and a potential put-back that, if it goes, it would have been a two-point game with under two minutes to go. We put our subs in a position to win but we also didn’t quite do enough.”
Sam Houston will move on to play Northwestern State Saturday at 1:30 p.m.