Lady Roadrunners’ Comeback Effort Falls Short
The Lady Roadrunners (17-10, 6-5 in Region XVI) dropped a 61-57 decision to the Crowder College Lady ’Riders Feb. 29 in Neosho.
Crowder jumped out to a 7-0 lead and stretched it to 11-0. A basket from freshman guard Jermisha Watson got the Lady Roadrunners on the scoreboard at 11-2 but SFCC trailed 33-18 at halftime.
Freshman guard Brittany Silas knocked down a big three-point basket to trim SFCC’s deficit to 13 points. SFCC sophomore guard Ariel Easton cut the deficit to eight at 43-35. The Lady ’Riders answered with a basket.
SFCC’s Ryneka Church splashed home a big three-point basket to trim the deficit to two points at 45-43 with about 10 minutes remaining. The Lady ’Riders answered with a three-point basket of their own.
The Lady Roadrunners had a chance to complete the comeback and claim the critically important road win. With about 27 seconds remaining in the contest, SFCC missed a three-point shot. SFCC was forced to foul and the Lady ’Riders made their free throws to seal the win.
“We didn’t come out mentally prepared to compete in the first half,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “We played much better the second half, but against a good team on the road you can’t afford to play one bad half.”
Church had 18 points for the Lady Roadrunners. Sophomore forward/center Cheyenne Williams pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Church and freshman guard Kaila Talbert dished out three assists each. Williams registered three blocked shots and she and Church tied for the team lead in steals with two.
SFCC Athletics Department