The Lady Roadrunners participated in the Moberly Classic Nov. 23-24. SFCC (8-2) picked up a 77-49 victory over the Rend Lake Lady Warriors from Ina, Ill., Friday afternoon and won a hard-fought 65-63 victory Saturday over the Rock Valley College Golden Eagles from Rockford, Ill.
The Lady Roadrunners started the game against Rend Lake on a 12-0 run courtesy of a three-point basket from freshman guard/forward Julia Torres. The Lady Roadrunners also did the job on the defensive end holding Rend Lake scoreless for about four minutes to open the game. SFCC took a 40-19 lead into halftime.
“Our defensive pressure was very good,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “We wanted to be the aggressor right from the start of the game. We got some steals. I was very happy with that effort coming back from Thanksgiving.”
SFCC outscored Rend Lake 37-30 in the second half to secure the victory. Sophomore guard Mia Wesley led five Lady Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 18 points. Freshman guard Apiphany Woods contributed 14 points in the contest. Torres registered a double double with 13 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Antoinette Taylor added 12 points and freshman forward Asia Mosley pitched in with 11 points. Freshman guard Adella Randle-EL dished out a team-high five assists and Torres registered a team-high seven steals.
The Lady Roadrunners found themselves in an early hole Saturday against Rock Valley. However, they fought back to take a 27-20 lead into halftime.
“We seem to struggle playing the second game of back-to-back games in a tournament setting,” said Bucher. “Rock Valley is a quality team. We had times in the game where we could have pushed the lead, but we just made mistakes; that’s what happens with a young team. I give our players credit for finishing the game and getting the win.”
SFCC took a 59-50 lead with about three minutes remaining in the contest. The number-one-ranked team in NJCAA Division III refused to go away. SFCC made just enough plays down the stretch to secure the victory.
Taylor led SFCC in scoring with 17 points and dished out a team-high three assists. Randle-EL led the team with five steals. Mosley contributed 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Freshman guard Sannayiah Johnson added 10 points.
SFCC Athletics Department