Lady Roadrunners End Season with Tough Loss
The Lady Roadrunners fell to the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves 59-56 in the NJCAA national tournament March 18 at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kan.
SFCC (29-6) went on an early run and grabbed a 16-11 lead, courtesy of a driving layup from sophomore guard/forward Dahlia Booker. A three-point shot from freshman guard Mariah Duke gave the Lady Roadrunners a 10-point advantage with about 10 minutes remaining in the first half. SFCC pushed the advantage to 12 points on a layup.
The Lady Wolves trimmed the lead to four points at 29-25. SFCC led 30-28 at halftime.
Copiah-Lincoln took a one-point lead early in the second half. The Lady Wolves stretched the advantage to 39-33 with 16 minutes remaining. SFCC trailed by 10 points with about 13 minutes remaining.
A pair of free throws from SFCC freshman guard Tyler Anderson cut the deficit to one point at 47-46 with eight minutes remaining. Freshman center Anya Trass gave SFCC a one-point advantage with a layup off a pass from Anderson.
The Lady Wolves answered with a three-point shot to take a two-point lead. Sophomore guard Arriana Walker stole the ball in the back court, was fouled on the layup attempt and made both free throws to give SFCC a one-point advantage at 52-51 with under four minutes remaining.
The advantage grew to three when Walker found sophomore forward Ebony Davis, who finished the play. Walker knocked in a pair of free throws to give SFCC a five-point lead, 56-51, with three minutes remaining.
The Lady Wolves controlled the rest of the game. SFCC missed a pair three-point shots in the closing seconds that would have tied the game.
“They came back,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “They didn’t give up; they fought to the end. It just wasn’t meant to be.”
Davis led the team with 14 points. Walker added seven. Davis and Trass tied for the team lead with eight rebounds apiece. Davis led the team with five blocked shots. Walker led the team with five steals.
“Our sophomores elevated our program to new heights,” said Bucher. “I thanked them for coming back and believing we would get to nationals. I’m glad Coach Pannier got to enjoy it, and thankful for each one of the sophomores who decided to come to our program knowing this was the expectation—and we got here.”
SFCC Athletics Department