Lady Roadrunners Defeat Crowder
The Lady Roadrunners kept their undefeated Region XVI record intact with a 66-53 victory over the Crowder Lady Riders from Neosho on Jan. 25. The victory puts the Lady Roadrunners alone at the top of the region standings.
The Lady Roadrunners (13-4, 3-0 in Region XVI) found themselves down 10-4 to begin the game with 17 minutes remaining in the first half. SFCC fought back to take the lead courtesy of a pull-up jump shot from freshman guard Jermisha Watson to make the score 22-21 with just under seven minutes remaining until halftime.
“We weren’t running the floor,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “We weren’t playing hard. Crowder came out ready to play; they wanted it.”
Crowder got the lead back at 23-22 with six minutes and 11 seconds remaining until halftime. However, SFCC freshman guard Kaila Talbert splashed home a three-point shot to put her team back in front at 27-25 with four minutes and 15 seconds remaining in the half. SFCC stretched the advantage to 37-29 at halftime.
Crowder began the second half with a big run to tie the game at 37 with less than four minutes gone in the half. SFCC sophomore guard Ariel Easton answered with a three-point shot to give her team a 40-37 lead.
Crowder tied the game at 40, but that was as close as the Lady Riders got for the rest of the game. SFCC freshman guard Brittany Silas converted an old-fashioned three-point play off of a steal and layup to make the score 53-43 with just over 10 minutes remaining. SFCC made the plays down the stretch to seal the victory.
“I knew Crowder was going to make another run,” said Bucher. “We hit a big shot in the corner to respond and built from there.”
Easton led three Lady Roadrunners in double figures with 15 points. Freshman guard Ryneka Church contributed 13 points and Silas added 12 points.
SFCC will travel to Park Hills Jan. 28 to take on Mineral Area College for its first road test in Region XVI play. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
SFCC Athletics Department