The Lady Roadrunners dropped a heartbreaking 79-78 decision to the 15th-ranked Crowder College Lady Riders from Neosho when a last-second shot bounced off the back of the rim in a Region 16 semifinal game March 1 in Poplar Bluff.
SFCC (21-10) jumped out to an 18-11 lead at about the 13-minute mark of the first half. Crowder trimmed SFCC’s advantage to 21-18 three minutes later.
The Lady Riders took a 47-36 lead into halftime. However, SFCC cut the Lady Riders’ advantage to one with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Freshman guard Antoinette Taylor gave SFCC a one-point lead at 77-76.
“Our defensive pressure and rebounding really took over the game,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “Crowder looked tired. We used our depth and our speed to get some easy baskets in transition.”
The game was tied at 78 with two minutes and 20 seconds remaining. Crowder knocked down one of two free throws to give the Lady Riders the winning margin.
Freshman guard Antoinette Taylor led the Lady Roadrunners with 29 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Sannayiah Johnson added 14 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Adella Randle-EL pitched in with 10 points.
Randle-EL and Taylor were named All-Region 16 First Team for their efforts this season in voting by the region coaches.
Bucher was pleased with the contributions of his sophomores during their careers at SFCC.
“Mia Wesley started every game for us; she is a player who loves the game,” said Bucher. “You don’t find the kind of leadership she provided very often. Kaitlyn Mercer got better at the end of the season. She really helped us playing against some post players. Kaci Cason has been here for two years. I know she didn’t play as many games as she wanted to because of injuries, but she won us a game at Mineral Area in the opening round of the regional tournament this year.”
SFCC Athletics Department