Lady Roadrunners Close Out Regular Season with Win
Solid play from the bench helped the ninth-ranked Lady Roadrunners (25-4, 10-2 in Region XVI) defeat the Mineral Area Lady Cardinals 75-66 Feb. 26 in Park Hills.
“The whole bench helped give our starters some rest and keep their speed going for the rest of the game,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher.
Mineral Area jumped out to a 17-12 lead, using a hot shooting start from beyond the arc. SFCC answered with a 7-0 run to take a 19-17 lead. The Lady Roadrunners stretched the lead to 41-31 with a three-point shot from freshman guard Alexas Brown.
Mineral Area started the second half by cutting the lead to five points. SFCC sophomore guard Hattie Harris answered with a basket on the ensuing offensive possession. Mineral Area cut the deficit to one at 47-46 with 15 minutes left in the game. Sophomore guard Maci Wisdom splashed home a three-point shot to make the score 53-46. Freshman guard Mariah Duke knocked her third three-point shot of the evening to give SFCC a 56-48 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
Mineral Area cut the deficit to two points at 66-64 with four minutes remaining, but the Lady Roadrunners made the plays down the stretch to secure the victory.
“We missed some free throws, which is a little upsetting because in close games in the tournament, you’ve got to hit those free throws,” said Bucher. “We hit them when we finally needed it. We took care of the basketball down the stretch.”
Sophomore forward Ebony Davis registered yet another double double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, leading the team in both categories. Freshman guard Tyler Anderson and Duke contributed 11 points each. Harris dished out a team-leading three assists in the game. Sophomore guard/forward Dahlia Booker and Duke led the team with three steals each. Davis led the team in blocked shots with five and Booker added three.
SFCC will open region tournament play at 7 p.m. March 1 against Moberly Area Community College.
SFCC Athletics Department