Lady Roadrunners Fall in Region Semifinal
The Lady Roadrunners (18-12) ended their season March 10 when they lost 66-55 to the number one-seeded Jefferson College Vikings from Hillsboro in a Region XVI tournament semifinal game at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
Sophomore guard Ariel Easton opened the scoring for SFCC with a steal and layup. Freshman guard Jermisha Watson knocked down a driving shot in the lane to give the Lady Roadrunners a 7-6 advantage. Sophomore forward/center Cheyenne Williams grabbed an offensive rebound and scored. She was fouled, and went to the free-throw line to convert a three-point play and extend SFCC’s advantage to 10-6. Easton buried a three-point shot to make the lead 13-6 to finish the run for SFCC.
Jefferson trimmed the advantage to two at 22-20 with about seven minutes remaining in the first half. The Vikings took the lead with a three-point basket. SFCC answered with a three-point bomb to take back a two-point lead at 25-23 with just under four minutes remaining until halftime. SFCC took a 35-32 lead into halftime.
“The zone was very effective,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “We hit our shots.”
Jefferson made a pair of free throws to take a 38-37 lead with 17 minutes remaining in the game. The Lady Roadrunners went cold in the second half, shooting only 20 percent from the field. Jefferson outscored SFCC in the second half to secure the win.
“We didn’t hit the shots we needed,” said Bucher. “I give Jefferson credit; they played a really good game. We got close, but we just never got over the hump with some of the runs they made in the second half. Overall, this is one of the better games our players played.”
Easton led three Lady Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 14 points. Watson contributed 12 points. Sophomore forward Jallisa Lewis added 11 points. Cheyenne Williams just missed a double double with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Alexas Brown dished out a team-high four assists. Easton registered a team-high three steals, and she and freshman guard Ryneka Church received All-Region XVI first-team honors for their efforts during the season.
“You always want to be playing your best basketball at the end of the season,” said Bucher. “Jallisa Lewis had back-to-back really good games. Alexas Brown handled the ball and played really well in the last two games. I thought Ariel (Easton) and Cheyenne (Williams) both played extremely hard.”
SFCC Athletics Department