The ninth-ranked Lady Roadrunners (24-4, 9-2 in Region XVI) dropped a tough 77-74 decision Feb. 23 to the Jefferson College Vikings in Hillsboro.
SFCC jumped out to a 15-9 lead to open the game, but lost starting point guard Arriana Walker to injury four minutes into the contest. The Lady Roadrunners extended the lead to 21-13 with 11 minutes left in the first half.
“Our girls were focused,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “They were ready to play and they were hungry. We rebounded the ball very well.”
Jefferson fought back to tie the game at 21. SFCC took a 36-27 lead with four minutes left in the half. Jefferson trimmed the advantage to 39-37 at halftime.
The Vikings opened the second half on a run, taking a five-point lead at 46-41. SFCC took a 64-56 lead courtesy of a layup from sophomore guard/forward Dahlia Booker with seven minutes remaining. Jefferson tied the game at 74, and then knocked down a three-point shot with about 30 seconds remaining to secure the victory.
Booker led SFCC with 21 points. Sophomore forward Ebony Davis contributed a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Maci Wisdom dished out a team-high three assists. Freshman guard Alexas Brown and sophomore guard Hattie Harris tied for the team league in steals with two each.
“I was pleased with how our girls fought,” said Bucher. “These last two games were good ballgames for us, because they’ll help us on a neutral floor in the regional tournament.”