Lady Roadrunners Advance to Semifinal
The Lady Roadrunners (18-11) emerged with a 63-52 victory March 9 when they played a Region XVI tournament quarterfinal game against the fifth-seeded Moberly Area Community College Lady Greyhounds at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
Sophomore forward Jallisa Lewis scored off an offensive rebound and put back to put SFCC ahead early in the contest. Moberly answered with a 5-0 run to take the lead with 17 minutes remaining in the first half. Sophomore forward/center Cheyenne Williams gave the Lady Roadrunners a 12-9 advantage when she converted an old-fashioned three-point play. Moberly then took a 15-12 lead. A jumper from sophomore guard Alexas Brown tied the game at 17 with 10 minutes left in the first half.
The Lady Roadrunners went on a 7-1 run to make the score 24-18 to take control of the contest. SFCC stretched the advantage to 37-26 at halftime.
“We are most effective when we get out and run,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “We got some easy points in transition. Our half-court trap worked pretty well to get us some steals. Overall I was very pleased.”
Moberly cut the lead to 42-38. Freshman guard Jermisha Watson answered by knocking down a baseline jumper to give SFCC a six-point advantage. Moberly trimmed the advantage to two at 44-42 with about 12 minutes to go in the game. Lewis knocked down a big jump shot off a pass from Williams to push SFCC’s lead back to four points.
That was as close as Moberly would get for the rest of the contest. SFCC made the plays down the stretch to secure the victory and advance to the semifinal round against Jefferson College.
Brown led the Lady Roadrunners in scoring with 19 points. Sophomore guard Ariel Easton contributed 14 points. Williams pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and she and Easton dished out a team-high two assists each. Easton led the team in steals with four. Williams registered a team-high two blocked shots.
SFCC Athletics Department