The Moberly Area Community College women's basketball team traveled to Quincy, IL this past weekend and split a pair of games in the Town & Country Inn Suites Classic. On Friday, MACC faced Bryant & Stratton College, from Wisconsin, and took an early 15-11 lead after one quarter of play. However, the Greyhound Women turned the ball over 13 times in the second quarter, while shooting one of nine from the field and two of six from the free throw line as they fell behind 41-19 at halftime.

Bryant and Stratton made a three point field goal to begin the second half before MACC went on a 21-0 run to pull to within four points, 44-40, on a basket by Carnethia Brown at the 2:20 mark of the third quarter. Alexis Henry and Brianna Perry led the comeback as Henry scored eight points, while recording three assists and two steals. Perry added nine points during the run.

The Greyhound Women continued to battle their way back into the game in the fourth quarter and eventually took a 57-55 lead with just under six minutes remaining as Angelica Wiggins scored seven straight points. But, Bryant & Stratton capitalized on two straight miscues by MACC to seize a four point lead. The Greyhound Women trailed by five, 68-63, with 1:30 left to play when Alexis Henry found Anisha George open inside for a basket, then knocked down a three to tie the game with under a minute remaining following a steal by TrEl'Shawn Smith.

Bryant & Stratton managed to score on their next possession and MACC was called for a travel before being forced to foul with just over 11 seconds remaining on the clock. After Bryant & Stratton missed both free throw attempts the Greyhound Women had two attempts to tie the game, but came up short as they lost their first game of the season 70-68.

"We go through some bad stretches," said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. "But, the second quarter we were out of sync regardless of who we put on the floor. We committed some careless turnovers that led to easy baskets and several cheap fouls that we constantly talk about not committing, and they did a great job of taking advantage of our mistakes."

Despite their struggles in the first half MACC managed to shoot just over 45 percent from the field, but were four of 19 from the three point line and eight of 18 from the free throw line. The Greyhound Women outrebounded Bryant & Stratton 37-35 after trailing 24-17 in the rebounding category the first half.

"We were able to press in the second half, which we couldn't do in the first half because of foul trouble," said Killinger. "We gave up some layups because of some bad rotations, but that helped us get back in the game."

Perry led MACC with 16 points and was joined in double figures by Alexis Henry, who finished the game with 12 points, four assists, and three steals, and George, who scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Wiggins scored nine points, while Brown added eight. Alisha Vinson contributed eight rebounds, four blocks, and four steals.

"I was happy with how hard we played to give ourselves a chance in the second half," said Killinger. "But, I was extremely disappointed in our inability to execute in some situations."

On Saturday, the Greyhound Women faced John Wood and used a 24-9 advantage in the second quarter to build a 39-24 halftime lead. John Wood managed to get to within single digits early in the fourth quarter, but MACC maintained control of the game to improve to 6-1 with a 65-52 victory.

"After a tough loss it was good to see us bounce back the next day in our first true road game," said Killinger. "We still turned the ball over too much, which is something that we really need to get fixed."

George and Perry both scored career highs for the Greyhound Women, as George finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Perry notched 18 points and three steals. Lunden Henry recorded her first double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Alexis Henry scored nine points, while Brown dished out five assists and grabbed five rebounds, and Smith also had five assists, to go along with four rebounds.

MACC shot just over 45 percent from the field, but continued to struggle at the free throw line as they connected on just six of 12 attempts. "That's frustrating," said Killinger. "We shoot free throws every day, but we're going to need to take a different approach because that was one of the reasons we lost on Friday."

The Greyhound Women outrebounded John Wood 46-24, less than one week after being outrebounded by the Lady Blazers during their game at Moberly. MACC will play their next five games at home beginning with a 5:00 p.m. contest on Tuesday against Penn Valley. They will then host Lincoln Land and Highland (IL) on Friday and Saturday as part of the Midwest Bone & Joint Center Classic held in conjunction with the men's program.





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