For the second time this season the Moberly Area Community College women's basketball team led rival State Fair Community College with less than a minute to play and for the second time a late three point field goal by the Lady Roadrunners led to heartbreak for the Greyhound Women. State Fair's Maya Brewer connected from the left corner of the floor with just 5.4 seconds remaining in the game to give the home team a 62-61 victory.
The loss drops MACC to 22-6 on the season, including a 4-4 mark in Region 16, three of those losses are by a total of eight points.
"It is obviously a disappointing loss," said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. "But, we've guaranteed ourselves a home game in the first round of the region tournament and we have two games left to help us get ready for it."
The Greyhound Women took a 15-6 lead with four minutes remaining in the first quarter, however State Fair closed the quarter with a 14-2 run to lead 20-17. The Lady Roadrunners took their largest lead of 13 points just before halftime as they lead 40-27 at the midway break.
MACC began the second half with a 7-0 run to pull to within six, 40-34, and continued to close the gap as Brianna Perry scored 11 points and Carnethia Brown added seven to trim their deficit to one, 46-45. A basket by Angelica Wiggins at the 2:31 mark of the third quarter completed the comeback as the Greyhound Women took the lead, but State Fair managed to hold on to a one point, 51-50, advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Romekia Wallace put MACC on the board first to begin the fourth quarter and consecutive baskets by Perry gave the Greyhound Women a 56-51 lead near the seven minute mark.
Perry and Anisha George scored consecutive field goals after a State Fair score to allow MACC to take a 60-53 advantage, but two baskets by the Lady Roadrunners made it a three point game. Their second basket came after the Greyhound Women turned the ball over on an outlet pass after earning a stop on the defensive end of the floor.
MACC got a huge offensive rebound from Lunden Henry on their following possession and State Fair chose to foul, sending Brown to the free throw line where she made one of two attempts for a four point lead with 54 seconds remaining in the game.
A quick two point field goal by State Fair made it 61-59 and setup a controversial last possession for the Greyhound Women. Brown, who drew contact on a drive to the basket, rebounded her own miss and a shot clock violation was signaled as the 30 second horn expired.
"It appeared that the ball had hit the rim," said Killinger. "But, we didn't execute what we wanted to offensively on that possession."
State Fair got the ball back with 18 seconds remaining and set themselves up for the go ahead basket, prompting an MACC timeout to advance the ball. The Greyhound Women got the ball to the middle of the floor, but their last second attempt came up empty.
"I feel bad for our players because I know how much they wanted to win this game," said Killinger. "It was a tough road environment, being their homecoming and sophomore night, and I am proud of how well we responded in the second half. But, we turned the ball over 22 times, some of which were inexcusable, to their 10 and we just make things really difficult on ourselves by doing that."
Perry led MACC with 22 points, while Brown netted 13. Wiggins finished with nine points and four assists. Lunden Henry had seven points. George recorded a team high 12 rebounds and scored six points. Wallace had nine rebounds and Anna Stewart had eight rebounds and five assists.
Both teams shot well below their season average from the field as the Greyhound Women were at 37 percent, compared to 39 for State Fair. MACC held a 50-32 advantage on the boards and both teams connected on six three pointers.