McPherson College women’s basketball coach Gordon Reimer was proud of two teams here Saturday night.
He was proud of his Bulldogs, who time and again clawed back to challenge talented Kansas Wesleyan, only to see them fall at the end, 71-63.
And he was proud of his former players. The Coyotes’ big three of Alecia Smith (22), Christian Cassity (11) and Vanessa Kresin (10) were all players he recruited at Kansas Wesleyan before he departed as coach.
“They have players who can make plays,” said Reimer, who received handshakes from his former players after the game. “That game was tight and their girls made plays at the end and our girls didn’t.”
It was a game of wild-and-crazy runs. Mac led by as many as six early, then got down six, only to rally again to lead 33-32 at the half as Chandler Short scored right before the buzzer.
In the second half, the Bulldogs led by as many as seven, only to see the Coyotes roar back to take a six-point lead and Mac again had an answer, tying it at 53-all with 5:45 to go.
From there, though, it was all Coyotes.
Reimer was philosophical after the game.
“I’m bitter, yes, because we lost,” he said. “You know I’m a competitive guy and I’m a coach and I always want to win every game. I’m happy for (KW coach) Ryan (Showman). I think he did a great job of coaching his team. I thought his girls were prepared. They played well and my hat’s off to him. We’re playing against a team that were my recruits when I was there and running a lot of the same offensive sets and things like that. That tells me that Ryan really respects me, because he still wants to run the same things I do. I’m glad that he does, that really makes me proud of him.”
Aubrey Barton had a monster game for the Bulldogs with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Sunny Smart scored 12 off the bench and Bailey Brown added 11.
Mac is now 3-3 in the KCAC and has lost five in a row overall to drop to 7-11. They play at surprising Ottawa on Thursday.
Mac (63) — Barton 22, Engelbert 2, Gillespie 3, Brown 11, Jefferson 5, Short 8, Smart 12.
KW (71) — Greving 3, Cassidy 11, LeShore 6, Kresin 10, Smith 22, Heim 6, Steinle 13.