Just two weeks after losing their first home game of the season by a 59-54 score to Three Rivers Community College the Moberly Area Community College women's basketball team traveled to Poplar Bluff and handed the 25th ranked Lady Raiders their first home loss in NJCAA Region 16 action. The game featured seven ties and 10 lead changes.
The game was tied for the first time at 14 at the end of the first quarter, but the host team took advantage of several MACC miscues to build as much as an 11 point lead in the second quarter. Lunden Henry kept the Greyhound Women within striking distance with nine first half points as Three Rivers led 32-23.
"We battled some foul trouble in the first half," said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. "But, we were our own worst enemy with some of the turnovers we committed and our inability to keep them off of the offensive glass in the second quarter."
The Lady Raiders faced their own struggles in the first half as they converted on just seven of 19 free throw attempts.
MACC freshman point guard Carnethia Brown spearheaded a 9-2 run to begin the second half as she scored a basket and dished out three assists. Her effort helped the Greyhound Women pull to within two, 34-32, with nearly six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Three Rivers extended their lead back to five, 39-34, but Romekia Wallace converted a three point play and found Brianna Perry in transition for a layup before Anna Stewart had a three point play of her own to give MACC their first lead of the game, 42-41, with less than a minute to play in the quarter. A basket by Three Rivers gave them a one point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Greyhound Women took the lead back on their first possession of the fourth on a field goal by Stewart and led by as many as three points before the two teams found themselves tied at 51 with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. Wallace scored off an assist from Brown to give MACC the lead with one minute on the clock, but the Lady Raiders managed to tie the score and the game headed to overtime.
Another fast break basket by Perry, along with a free throw, and an offensive rebound bucket from Lunden Henry to start overtime gave the Greyhound Women a five point advantage that they would not relinquish as they limited Three Rivers to just four points in overtime to secure the 62-57 road victory.
"Every game is important," said Killinger. "But, this game was a little more important because it allowed us to even out our home-road record in Region play. We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole by starting off 0-2 at home and winning this game keeps us in a position to be able to get a bye in the tournament."
Neither team shot the ball particularly well as MACC shot 35 percent from the field, while Three Rivers shot 36 percent. The rebounding battle was even at 46, but the Greyhound Women were 12 of 20 from the free throw line and the Lady Raiders were just eight of 27.
Perry and Stewart led MACC with 15 points each. Perry added three assists and two steals. Stewart had five rebounds. Lunden Henry recorded her third double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Wallace just missed her sixth double-double with eight points and 12 rebounds. Brown finished with eight points and four assists.
"We showed some toughness in being able to comeback from a double digit deficit on the road," said Killinger. "But, we have to figure out a way to keep from putting ourselves in these positions and continue to work on being more consistent with our level of play."