The fifth-ranked Lady Roadrunners shook off a slow start Jan. 29 to defeat the Mineral Area College Cardinals 88-59, improving their record to 19-2, 5-0 in Region XVI.
Mineral Area opened the game on a 5-0 run, then stretched the lead to 12-5 with 16 minutes and 6 seconds remaining in the first half.
“I didn't think our defensive pressure was good at the beginning of the ballgame,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “When they are sitting in a zone, it doesn't help our cause, because we are an up tempo team.”
SFCC Sophomore guard Arriana Walker whipped a pass inside to sophomore guard/forward Dahlia Booker who scored two of her team-high 24 points to tie the game at 18. The Lady Roadrunners took their first lead of the game at 26-23 when sophomore guard Maci Wisdom splashed home a three-point shot off an out-of-bounds play with about eight minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the half.
SFCC led 45-36 at halftime. The Lady Roadrunners stretched the lead to 52-40 with just over 17 minutes remaining in the contest, then took control, leading 67-49 with just over 10 minutes to go.
“That's how it's been with a lot of the teams we’ve played,” said Bucher. “Eventually, most teams have hit the wall. Tonight, I thought the Cardinals hit a couple of walls that allowed us to keep building that lead.”
Sophomore guard Ciara Leak contributed 18 points. Sophomore forward Ebony Davis added 15 points. Arriana Walker pitched in with 12 points. Booker also pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Davis dished out a team-leading four assists. Walker had a team-high four steals.
The Roadrunners will return to their home court at 5:30 p.m. Feb.3 for a Region XVI game against Iowa Western Community College. Both teams come into the game nationally ranked; the winner will take first place in the region.