The Moberly Area College women's basketball team traveled to Jefferson College on Saturday, coming away with a 74-55 win to conclude the regular season with a 23-7 record and 5-5 mark in Region 16 play.
"I was really proud of our girl’s effort and execution," said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. "We lost back to back games twice this season and had to turn around and go on the road following those losses and were able to get wins. That says a lot about their ability to move forward, even after some disappointment."
MACC jumped out to a 17-7 lead four minutes into the game behind seven points from sophomore Romekia Wallace and led 23-17 after the first quarter as they connected on nine of 14 shots. The Greyhound Women continued their strong play throughout the second quarter as they continued to attack the basket and earn trips to the free throw line.
Wallace and Carnethia Brown scored 11 points each, while Anisha George netted 10, as MACC seized a 13 point, 45-32, advantage going into halftime. The Greyhound Women shot 55 percent in the first half and made all 11 of their free throw attempts.
Jefferson, celebrating their sophomore day, would not go away quietly as they used a 10-0 run to start the third quarter and eventually pulled to within a single point, 48-47. Alexis Henry then found Brown in the right corner for her third three point field goal of the contest and Brianna Perry capped off the quarter with a basket just before the buzzer as MACC took a 55-49 lead into the final quarter of play.
The Greyhound Women used a 7-0 run to begin the fourth quarter and got five straight points from Perry to take a 64-53 lead at the 5:25 mark and held Jefferson to just a single basket the remainder of the game as they outscored the Lady Vikings 19-6 in the final stanza to take the 19 point victory.
"We got away from what was making us successful at the start of the second half," said Killinger. "But, we settled down a little bit and finished the game the way we started it."
MACC had four players reach double figures in the scoring column led by Brown, who scored a career high 25 points. She added three rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Wallace finished with 15 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds, while George notched her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Perry scored 11 points to go with three assists. Anna Stewart, who battled a stomach ailment throughout the game grabbed six rebounds and Alexis Henry added five rebounds.
The Greyhound Women shot 46 percent from the field and were 14 of 16 from the free throw line. Jefferson connected on 33 percent of their shots and MACC held a 43-34 rebounding advantage.
"This was a good win for us to wrap up the regular season," said Killinger. "We've lost a few close games when we have allowed an opposing player to have a big game, or, maybe had someone in foul trouble like we did in our last game with Anisha (George). But, we have as good of a chance as anyone at winning the Region Tournament and that's what we will set out to do, one game at a time, this week."
MACC will open Region 16 Tournament play on Tuesday night when they host their first round game against Mineral Area College at 7:00 p.m. at Fitzsimmons-John Arena.