The 24th-ranked Lady Roadrunners closed out their portion of the Stone Laser Imaging Classic Nov. 16 with a 76-59 victory over the Independence Community College Lady Pirates from Independence, Kan., at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center. The victory was the fifth in a row for the Lady Roadrunners.
SFCC (6-1) used a strong inside game to jump out to a 19-point advantage late in the first half and took a 44-26 lead into halftime.
“Independence struggled to stop our inside game; that’s what really built our lead in the first half,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “We really finished the game off right with all the things that happened.”
The Lady Pirates cut SFCC’s advantage to 61-53 with just over six minutes remaining in the second half. The Lady Roadrunners had the answers down the stretch.
“We started doing a better job of rebounding and defending,” said Bucher “We got some steals and some easy transition baskets. We started taking shots from the outside again when we were not hitting them. If the shots are in the flow of the game and they’re going in, you can shoot them. When the other team is making a run you have to make sure you have layups and use your inside game or wide open shots on offense. You also have to be able to use the clock. We were just taking shots, not taking care of the basketball and not making them work on defense.”
Freshman center Alecia Cooley led three Lady Roadrunners in double figures with 16 points. Sophomore forward Asia Mosley contributed 12 points. Sophomore guard Antoinette Taylor added 10 points and a team-high five assists. Sophomore guard/forward Apiphany Woods registered a team-high four steals. Sophomore forward Sydonia Daniels pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Taylor and Cooley were named to the Stone Laser Imaging All-Classic team for their efforts over the weekend and Taylor was named Classic Most Valuable Player. Coaches and media members voted on the awards.
“Antoinette Taylor and Alecia Cooley both had a great weekend,” said Bucher. “Both deserved to be on the All-Classic team.”
The Lady Roadrunners will return to action at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at home when they take on Johnson County Community College.
SFCC Athletics Department