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Nothing feels better than beating your arch rival, right?

Well, what about sweeping them on the season? Oh, and completing that sweep in their house.

Well, the Missouri Western women’s basketball team did just that last Saturday. The women took down rival Northwest by the score of 73-65 in Maryville, Missouri.

The beginning and first half of the game were back and forth, Northwest getting nine points in the first from Schechinger. The teams went in to the half only separated by two points, with the score being 32-30 in favor of Western. Coming into the second half, the Griffons took control of the game.

Sarafina Handy had 15 of her points in the second half, pushing the Griffons to their eight-point win against the Bearcats.

The Griffons were led by junior LaQuinta Jefferson who put up 23 points and three assists. She also led the team in minutes played with 36 and was a perfect 4-4 on free throws. Another player who came up big for the Griffons was Handy, who put up 17 points, one assist, one block and one steal. Handy had a presence in every part of the game last Saturday, and that was huge for the Griffons to stop Northwest.

After beating Northwest, head coach Rob Edmisson sets his sights on sweeping Central Missouri this Wednesday, but his goals are even further than that.

When the media asked Edmisson what he thought the reason for the recent surge in performance was he had a simple answer.

“We are winning games,” he said. “The kids have bought in, they understand what we are trying to do all year.”

The Griffons have a lot of confidence going into the end of the season and the start of the postseason. The team has won four of their last five and players have been stepping up in the last stretch of the regular season.

“Our team looks excited, a lot of teams look tired this time of the season,” Edmisson said.

After the win in Maryville, the Griffons sit at 8-9 in MIAA play and 13-10 overall. They have locked up a spot in the MIAA tournament and, with a win in Warrensburg on Wednesday, can make their first tournament game a home game. The next game for Edmisson’s crew is Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Central Missouri.

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