The State Fair Lady Roadrunners traveled to Trenton, Missouri on Nov. 17 to take on North Central Missouri College’s Lady Pirates, and the Lady Roadrunners emerged with a hard-fought 73-55 victory.
"We were up 10 and North Central brought it to within two. They tied the score once . . . We went on a 10-0 run to close the half up 39-29. We came out in the second half and did a better job defending the three point line. They hit five three-point shots in the first half and only two in the second half. That was the difference in the game," said Head Coach Darren Pannier.
State Fair (5-0) was led in scoring by sophomore guard Brittany Young with 31 points, five steals, two rebounds and one assist. Freshman guard/forward Tatianna Washington contributed 13 points, five assists and five steals. Freshman Arriana Walker made the most of her start at point guard position. She dished out a team-high 11 assists and also had a team-leading seven steals along with six points. Freshman Jaleisha Barrett and Lindsey Stanley grabbed 10 and eight rebounds respectively.
The Lady Roadrunners face a big test on Nov. 20 and 21 in the SFCC Classic. The Lady Roadrunners will face nationally ranked Lincoln Trail College Lady Statesmen on Friday night and Kaskaskia College on Saturday. Tip-off both nights is scheduled for
Lincoln Trail comes into Friday's match-up ranked number 14 in the country.
"Lincoln Trail is very explosive... they do a lot of dribble drive; they will kick it,” said Pannier. “They are very quick. We're hoping that we can match up with their quickness. They're a veteran team. They beat us by 11 last year at their place . . . it is going to be a test.”
The Lady Roadrunners will see a familiar opponent on Saturday night in Kaskaskia College. Coach Pannier expects to see a few different things than he did a week ago when the Lady Roadrunners came up with a 73-56 victory.
"I expect them to try and penetrate on us more than they did last time,” said Pannier. “They probably won't push the ball as much as they did at their place. I think they may hit us with a zone to see if they can stop our penetration."