Nighthawk Women Fall On Sophomore Night, Men Defeat Hendrix

NPC Nighthawk Faith Bratton against the RoughridersThe National Park College Nighthawk women’s basketball team couldn’t escape a late run from Crowder College Wednesday, falling to the Roughriders on sophomore night, 71-60.

Before the game, National Park College honored its five sophomores—Laney Wallace (Malvern), Kayla Sims (Fountain Lake), Hailee Crosby (Mountain Pine), Bailey Womack (Fountain Lake) and Faith Bratton (Jessieville)—for their groundbreaking work with growing the Nighthawks team.

Fueled by a 12-point first quarter from Bratton, the Nighthawks capitalized on Crowder College turnovers early, building a double-digit lead and holding the visiting team to just two field goals in the game’s first 10 minutes. In the second quarter, however, the tides turned, and the Roughriders surged for five three-pointers to regain the lead. With a couple of big three-pointers from Sims, the Nighthawks sent the game into halftime, tied at 36.

In the second half, both teams traded blows, with Crosby pacing the Nighthawks with two three-pointers. In the final frame, however, the Nighthawks ran out of gas and were outscored, 19-11, to fall to their sixth-consecutive loss.

Bratton led the Nighthawks in scoring with 25 points, with Crosby adding 14 points in the loss.

In men’s action, National Park College remained undefeated against its non-conference schedule, defeating Hendrix College, 109-75.

Led by nine- and eight-point efforts from sophomore KJ Corder (Hot Springs) and freshman David Jagers (Mayflower)Dayten Wishon going up for a shot against Hendrix. early in the first half, The Nighthawks (13-4) quickly went to the bench, allowing its talented depth to shine for the second-consecutive game.

Leading, 49-39 at halftime, the Nighthawks turned in a stellar defensive performance in the game’s final 20 minutes, paced by a 10-point effort from freshman DJ Martin (Pine Bluff) and nine-point performances from freshman Dayten Wishon (Gravette) and sophomore Braylon Steen (Bryant). The Nighthawks out-rebounded the Warriors, 42-15, en route to the team’s second-straight win.

Wishon led the Nighthawks in scoring with 15 points. Steen and Martin scored 12 points apiece, while Corder, Jagers and freshmen Garrison Branscum (Perryville) and Patrick Greene (Little Rock Mills) added 11 points each in the win.

The Nighthawk men travel to Walnut Ridge Friday for a 7 p.m. tipoff against Williams Baptist University. XZero Sports will stream the game live at The Nighthawk women return to action Feb. 16 on the road at Rhema Bible Training College in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

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