For the first time in five seasons the Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball team had their year end prior to the NJCAA Region 16 Semi-finals as they dropped a 70-65 decision to visiting Mineral Area College. The Greyhound Women finished the season with a 23-8 overall record with five of their losses coming by five or less points.

"It will probably take a while to get over losing our final game at home," said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “The past four seasons we have advanced to the Region Semi-finals. A couple of times we were fortunate enough to earn a bye and a couple of times we have benefitted from playing our first round game at home, so this is obviously a different feeling for us.”

MACC led 13-10 after the first quarter of play as freshman Anisha George scored five points, but turnovers and several missed opportunities to score in the paint left the home team facing a five point, 34-29 deficit at halftime.

“We turned the ball over at way too high of a rate in the first half,” said Killinger. “We were getting the types of shots we wanted and were able to execute what we felt like we could take advantage of on our offensive end of the floor, but we weren’t able to finish those possessions off the way we typically do.”

Despite their struggles the Greyhound Women stayed within striking distance as they trailed 40-34 with just under seven minutes remaining in the third quarter, however a 9-0 run by the Lady Cardinals allowed them to stretch their lead to 15 and they would maintain that advantage heading into the fourth quarter of play.

“We had a couple of great chances to score,” said Killinger. “When they went up by 11 we actually had a lay-up against their press and I could see that developing, so I didn’t call a timeout. We ended up missing that shot and they scored in transition. What could have been a nine point game at the time got stretched to 13 and those sequences are very detrimental in what turns out to be a five point game.”

MACC faced their biggest deficit of the contest, 59-40, as Mineral Area made two three point field goals early in the final quarter, but as they had done several times this season the Greyhound Women began a furious comeback. A 10-0 run keyed by six points from George pulled MACC to within single digits with 4:48 remaining and they eventually pulled to within seven, 63-56, after three straight baskets from Lunden Henry and another score by George at the 1:17 mark.

Mineral Area would knock down two free throws before Alexis Henry converted a three point play with 18 seconds left and after a quick foul and timeout to advance the ball after a missed free throw Shauna Rinehart was fouled on a three point attempt. Rinehart made all three free throws to get the Greyhound Women to within four, 66-62, but Mineral Area made four out of six free throws to close out the five point win.

“It’s a tough way for our season to end,” said Killinger. “But, I’m really proud of this team. We dug ourselves into some holes in a few games and in a lot of those we fought back to take the lead and win or at least give ourselves a chance to win. This group never gave in when things got hard and I’ll always appreciate that about them.”

Lunden Henry led MACC with 16 points as she made six of eight field goal attempts and shot four of six from the free throw line. George scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as she recorded her third double-double of the season. Romekia Wallace recorded 17 rebounds in her final game for the Greyhound Women and Carnethia Brown scored six points to go along with a team high five assists. Angelica Wiggins contributed eight points, while Rinehart scored six.

MACC allowed 70 points or more for just the fourth time in 31 games, all of which were losses, but managed to hold their opponents to 60 or less points in 22 contests, posting a 21-1 record in those games. The Greyhound Women also outrebounded Mineral Area 43-33, marking the 25th time this season that they held an advantage over their opponent in the rebounding column.





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