The Lady Roadrunners used their signature trapping pressure defense to open a fairly close game March 1, defeating Moberly Area Community College 70-51 in a Region XVI quarterfinal game at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
Sophomore guard Maci Wisdom opened the game with a deep three-pointer from the elbow to give her team the early advantage.
“Moberly packed it down in that zone,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “We wanted to make sure we got out and ran. I didn’t think Moberly could handle it for a full 40 minutes; eventually we started to wear them down. Maci kept us going and played excellent defense.”
Freshman guard Alexas Brown knocked down a three-point shot to extend the lead to 34-24 with just over two minutes remaining in the half. Wisdom splashed home her fifth three-pointer of the half with 32.8 seconds remaining. SFCC (26-4) took a 37-27 lead into halftime.
Moberly cut the deficit to seven at 39-32, but the Lady Roadrunners got another three from Wisdom to put the lead back to 10 points.
The SFCC trapping pressure defense took over from there and put the game out of reach. Freshman guard Mariah Duke stole the ball and found freshman guard/forward Jallisa Lewis for the layup.
“A lot of our subs came in and did a great job,” said Bucher.
SFCC took a 51-35 lead with 11 minutes remaining, and then stretched the lead to 64-40 with just under eight minutes left.
Wisdom led three Lady Roadrunners in double figures with a career-high 23 points. She was six of 12 from beyond the arc. Lewis contributed a double double 11 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard/forward Dahlia Booker pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds. Sophomore forward Ebony Davis added 10 points. Freshman guard Tyler Anderson and Duke tied for the team lead in assists with three each.
SFCC advances to the Region XVI semifinal against Mineral Area College at 7 p.m. March 4 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.