On a night when the Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball program celebrated their 40th season of competition the current edition of the Lady Greyhounds used the energy created by the weekend’s festivities to defeat Mineral Area College by a score of 68-59. The win gives MACC their 23rd season with 20 or more wins as the Lady Greyhounds improved to 20-5 (4-3 in Region 16).
MACC led from start to finish as Brianna Perry opened the game with a three pointer and the Lady Greyhounds took an 18-7 lead after one quarter of play. Fellow freshman Anisha George helped MACC build a 20 point, 36-16, halftime lead as she scored 12 first half points.
The Lady Greyhounds opened the second half with an 11-2 run, capped off by a basket by Lunden Henry, as MACC built a 47-18 advantage. A three point field goal by Tinon Hunter helped the home team finish the third quarter with a 58-31 lead.
Mineral Area would not go away quietly, however, as the Lady Cardinals used a 22-3 run fueled by five three point field goals to pull to within eight, 61-53, with 3:14 remaining in the game. Lady Greyhound sophomore Romekia Wallace then answered with a three point play and freshman Carnethia Brown knocked down a short jumper to extend the MACC lead back to double digits, 66-53, as the Lady Greyhounds secured the victory in front of one of the largest home crowds of the season.
“We just didn’t play very well in the fourth quarter,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “It is kind of human nature to relax a little bit when you build a big lead. It’s just too easy to give into that temptation, rather than continuing to do what you were doing to be successful.”
George, who battled foul trouble for much of the second half, led the Lady Greyhounds with 14 points. She also had four rebounds, four steals, and three blocked shots before fouling out with eight minutes remaining in the game.
Brown also reached double figures with 13 points, to go along with five assists, and Anna Stewart rounded out the double digit scorers for MACC with 10 points.
Perry, Wallace, and Angelica Wiggins scored six points each with Wallace pulling down a team high 11 rebounds. Hunter finished with five points and five rebounds, while Nia Flowers and Lunden Henry had four points.
“I’m proud of our girls for keeping things together and picking up the win,” said Killinger. “This was a big weekend for the women’s basketball program here as we celebrated 40 seasons of Lady Greyhound basketball. It probably adds a little bit of pressure for them to go out and perform at a high level in front of so many of the former players and coaches, but I thought we came out and set the tone early and that was the difference in the game.”