Lady Roadrunners Drop Two Games at Hutchinson Classic
The 18th-ranked Lady Roadrunners traveled to Hutchinson, Kan., to participate in the Hutchinson Classic Dec. 2-3. SFCC (7-3) dropped an 82-63 decision to the 10th-ranked Hutchinson Community College Lady Dragons on Friday evening. Saturday, SFCC lost to the 14th-ranked Seward County Community College Lady Saints by a score of 70-65.
The Lady Dragons took a 15-9 lead with 12 minutes and 34 seconds remaining in the first half. A jump shot from sophomore guard Alexas Brown trimmed the deficit to two at 30-28. Hutchinson led 39-35 at halftime.
The Lady Dragons opened the second half with a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 47-35. SFCC got the deficit to single digits on a couple occasions, but the Lady Dragons held their lead.
“We didn’t take care of the basketball,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “We had a lot of turnovers and we didn’t execute our game plan. We have to get mentally tougher to compete with really good teams.”
Sophomore guard Ariel Easton led the Lady Roadrunners with 20 points. Freshman guard Ryneka Church contributed 15 points. Sophomore forward Jallisa Lewis and sophomore forward/center Cheyenne Williams tied for the team lead with six rebounds each. Church and freshman guard Voneisha Harris dished out a team-high three assists each. Brown registered a team-leading three steals in the game.
On Saturday, the Lady Saints opened the game with an 8-2 run. SFCC’s Church splashed home a three-point shot to cut the deficit to 12-11. The Lady Saints pushed the lead back to 24-16 and led 35-32 at halftime.
SFCC’s Easton buried a three-point shot to tie the game at 35. An Easton layup gave the Lady Roadrunners a 40-37 lead with 14 minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the contest. SFCC led 62-57 with four minutes remaining.
The Lady Saint went to a full-court pressure defense to force some key turnovers. Seward County made the plays in the final minutes to secure the come-from-behind win.
“We had our chances against Seward County,” said Bucher. “We had an eight-point lead in the second half with six minutes to go. We didn’t score for four minutes and then it was nip and tuck. It’s good to play close games; it helps us understand the importance of execution.”
Easton again led the team in scoring with 22 points and registered a team-high four steals. Church added 15 points and dished out a team-high five assists in the game. Lewis pulled out a team-high nine rebounds.
SFCC Athletics Department