The Lady Roadrunners found themselves in a battle Jan. 26 against the 13th-ranked Mineral Area College Lady Cardinals from Park Hills. SFCC (16-5, 3-2 in Region XVI, 3-1 in MCCAC) needed a baseline jumper from freshman guard Adella Randle-EL in the waning seconds to secure the 61-59 upset victory.
“I wanted to make sure we didn’t leave any time on the clock for Mineral Area,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “We took the shot just a little bit early. Adella hit a big shot for us.”
SFCC pushed its advantage to 18 points in the second half. This was the largest lead for either team in the contest.
“We were able to run in transition,” said Bucher. “When we ran our offense we were able to attack the glass using penetration. We didn’t settle for jump shots. We attacked so that we either got some layups or got to the free-throw line. Our timing on offense was much better in the second half.”
The Lady Cardinals refused to go away. They tied the game at 59 with 26.5 seconds remaining, setting the stage for Randle-EL’s game-winning shot.
Freshman guard Antoinette Taylor led the Lady Roadrunners in scoring with 12 points. Freshman guard Sannayiah Johnson contributed 11 points and pulled down a team-high five rebounds. Randle-EL dished out a team-high six assists and Taylor registered a team-high six steals.
SFCC will host the Arkansas Baptist College Lady Buffs from Little Rock Jan. 29. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
SFCC Athletics Department