A 14-0 run by visiting Crowder College to end the first half was too much to overcome as the Moberly Area Community College Greyhound Women came up on the wrong side of a 62-54 decision at home last night. The loss drops MACC to 22-7 overall and 4-5 in Region 16 play.
The Greyhound Women led 11-9 at the end of the first quarter, but managed to score just six points in the second quarter. MACC led 17-16 when Crowder connected on four straight three point field goals and a basket in transition over the last three minutes of the half to take a 13 point lead, 30-17, into halftime.
“It happened so fast,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “We stressed transition defense, not giving up points in our press, and knowing where shooters were coming into the game, but for that one stretch we didn’t execute. They got a three against our press and two more in transition when we just did a poor job of taking care of our responsibilities. They made another one on an out of bounds play, which is something that we should never allow.”
The struggles for the Greyhound Women continued in the third quarter as they found no rhythm on the offensive end of the floor and found themselves trailing 46-27 heading into the fourth quarter. However, facing their largest deficit of the season after three quarters of play did not deter MACC as two quick three’s from Carnethia Brown ignited the offense.
The Greyhound Women pulled to within six, 53-47, on back to back three’s from Brown and Angelica Wiggins and trailed by five, 55-50, after a basket by Romekia Wallace with 2:48 left to play. MACC got the stop they needed on Crowder’s next possession, but failed to come up with the rebound which led to Lady Riders 10th three point field goal of the game. A basket by Lunden Henry made the score 58-52 and after another stop the Greyhound Women failed to convert in transition, missing a lay-up as well as the follow on the offensive rebound before they were forced to foul. Crowder made four of six free throws to close out the game and secure the eight point win.
“I don’t know if it was the last second loss on Saturday that we kind of carried with us into this game or the emotion of the last regular season home game for our sophomores,” said Killinger. “But, our focus was a little off in this game and Crowder did a good job of taking advantage of that. I was impressed with our effort in the fourth quarter, but we expended a lot of energy getting back into the game and we just didn’t have enough left in the tank to complete the comeback.”
Crowder shot 10 of 25 from the three point line, scoring nearly half their points on 10 possessions in the process, and shot 25 free throws compared to 16 for MACC, who did not have a single free throw attempt in the first half. The Greyhound Women scored the same number of points in the fourth quarter, 27, as they did throughout the first three quarters of play.
“We have to do a better job of recognizing when someone is headed towards a big game and do something to stop that,” said Killinger. “They had a player who we identified as a shooter, even though she was averaging three points a game, and we let her get loose for six three’s. However, I am more concerned about our lack of aggressiveness on the offensive end of the floor and we will address that heading into our last regular season game this Saturday.”
Wallace recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds, surpassing the 500 point mark for her career at MACC. Brown netted a team high 13 points, while Lunden Henry added nine points and nine rebounds. Wiggins and Brianna Perry scored seven points apiece with Wiggins recording team highs in assists, four, and steals, three.