The fifth-seeded Lady Roadrunners defeated the fourth-seeded Mineral Area College Lady Cardinals 67-64 in the Feb. 26 quarterfinal round of the Region XVI tournament in Park Hills.
SFCC (21-9) led 27-22 at halftime courtesy of a runner by sophomore guard Mia Wesley in the waning seconds of the first half.
“Our defensive pressure was very good,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “It continued throughout the game. You could tell our players were ready to play.”
The Lady Cardinals took a 61-59 lead with just over a minute and a half remaining in the game. SFCC’s Wesley knocked down a big jumper to tie the game at 61. Mineral Area committed a turnover on its next offensive possession. Freshman guard Antoinette Taylor gave SFCC a 63-61 lead. The Lady Roadrunners got the ball back, and Mineral Area was forced to foul sophomore guard/forward Kaci Cason. Cason made one of two free throws to put her team up by three points.
The Lady Cardinals refused to go away, burying a three-point basket to tie the game at 64. SFCC found Cason in the corner; she banked in a three-point shot as time expired to give the Lady Roadrunners the 67-64 victory.
Freshman guard Adella Randle-EL scored 15 points for SFCC. She also contributed five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Taylor added 15 points for the Lady Roadrunners. Wesley registered 11 points and three rebounds. Cason added seven points and two rebounds.
SFCC will travel to Poplar Bluff to play in the Region XVI semifinal round against the top-seeded Crowder College Lady Riders on March 1. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
SFCC Athletics Department