Lady Roadrunners Edge Mineral Area
The Lady Roadrunners (14-4, 4-0 in Region XVI) picked up their first Region XVI road win of the season Jan. 28 when they defeated the Mineral Area College Lady Cardinals 75-74 in Park Hills.
Mineral Area started the game with a 10-2 run. SFCC sophomore guard Ariel Easton snapped the run with a three-point basket to make the deficit 10-5 with about 15 minutes left in the first half. A basket from sophomore forward Jallisa Lewis trimmed the deficit to three at 10-7.
Easton converted a layup to tie the game at 15 with about nine minutes remaining in the first half. Mineral Area split a pair of free throws to regain a one-point lead. SFCC sophomore forward Cheyenne Williams made a pair of free throws to give her team the lead at 17-16 with eight minutes left until halftime. SFCC led 32-31 at halftime.
The second half was a back-and-forth battle. SFCC took a four-point lead at 40-36 when freshman guard Voneisha Harris found Easton for a layup with 16 minutes remaining. Mineral Area answered with a layup, followed by a huge three-point shot from SFCC’s Easton to make the score 43-38.
Mineral Area took a three-point lead with under 11 minutes left in the game. SFCC responded with a big run to make the score 67-59 after a layup from freshman guard Ryneka Church with five minutes remaining.
The Lady Cardinals cut SFCC’s lead to three. Church was fouled on a jump shot. She missed the shot but made one of two free throws to put the lead back to four points.
Mineral Area tied the game for the last time at 74. Easton drove to the basket on the final possession; she was fouled with four seconds left and stepped to the free-throw line to shoot a one and one. Easton made the first and missed the second. The Lady Roadrunners secured the rebound and victory.
“It was a hard-fought game,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “Mineral Area jumped out on us early. We went to our full-court press and half-court traps to speed the game up. The game was close until the second half, when we started to take advantage of the tempo. We would lead by six or eight points and the Lady Cardinals would bring it back down. It was a well-played game.”
Easton led five Lady Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 23 points. She also registered a team-high five steals and tied Church for the team lead in assists with three. Church also contributed 19 points. Lewis added 11 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Freshman guard Jermisha Watson and Williams added 10 points each.
SFCC Athletics Department