Day: December 11, 2017


Despite shooting just 34 percent from the field and connecting on three of 12 three point attempts in the first half the Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball team remained undefeated with an 82-42 win over Southeastern Illinois College in a game played at St. Louis Community College on Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Greyhounds built a 37-18 halftime advantage on the strength of 19 offensive rebounds and forced 14 turnovers, while committing just six turnovers of their own.

“We didn’t finish well in the paint to start the game,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “But, our effort was pretty good. We just kept going to the boards to gain additional possessions and were able to create some offense with our defense.”

In the second half MACC was able to stretch their advantage to 30 points, but a couple of three point field goals by Southeastern Illinois pulled them to within 23, 55-32, heading into the final quarter of play. However, the Lady Greyhounds continued to attack on the offensive end and remained solid on defense as they outscored the Lady Falcons 27-10 over the final 10 minutes for the final 40 point margin of victory.

MACC shot 62 percent from the field in the second half, making 18 of 29 field goal attempts and three of six from long range. For the game the Lady Greyhounds shot just over 45 percent from the field and outrebounded Southeastern Illinois 52-32, while limiting the Lady Falcons to 29 percent shooting.

“We played more to my expectations in the second half,” said Killinger. “There have been a couple of games that we just haven’t shot the ball as well in the first half, but I give our girls a lot of credit because they continue to defend and use our defense to keep us in those games. That takes a great deal of commitment and belief in our style of play.”

Anisha George and Carnethia Brown led the MACC offense with 19 and 16 points. George added five rebounds and three steals, while Brown recorded four rebounds, six assists, and four steals. Lunden Henry recorded her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, she also had three assists and four steals. Sentreal Gregory scored nine points and had three assists. Jocelyn Taylor had seven points and four steals. Alexis Henry had 11 rebounds, to go along with six points, and three steals. Chrishey Wilkes grabbed eight rebounds.

The Lady Greyhounds have now held 10 of 13 opponents to 48 or less points and have only allowed more than 60 points on two occasions. Sunday also marked the seventh time this season that an opponent has been held to less than 30 percent shooting, while only Wabash Valley has shot 35 percent or better as they made 35.9 percent of their field goal attempts against MACC in a contest on November 24th.






Moberly 87, Marshalltown 75

The Moberly Area CC Greyhounds defeated Marshalltown CC in the second round of the William Baer Invitational Tournament in Freeport, Illinois. Moberly gained a 52-36 lead at the half behind 24 first half points by Alonzo Verge, Jr. including 17 straight points during one stretch. Marshalltown came back to cut the lead to 3 points during the middle part of the second half but Moberly spurted at the end to claim it’s second win of the tourney. Verge lead the Greyhounds with 34 points, Randy Miller added 16 points and JJ Matthews ended with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Oscar Kao lead Marsahlltown with 28 points(8 of 12 from three point range) and Kelton Edwards scored 21 points(4 made treys). Moberly improved to 12-1 on the season while Marshalltown dropped to 9-5.

Moberly 102, Iowa Central CC 80

Moberly opened the tournament with a 102-80 victory over Iowa Central CC. After leading 35-34 at the half, Moberly saw Iowa Central come back and gain a 53-47 lead with 14 minutes remaining. MObelry grabbed the lead behind the hot shooting of sophomore guard Dallas Morgan with 7 of 9 three point shooting and coasted to the victory. Verge lead the Greyhounds with scoring with 28 points, Morgan added 25 points, Randy Miller had 13 points and JaQualis Matlock had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Moberly moved to 11-1 with the victory while #13 DII nationally ranked Iowa Central dropped to 11-2 on the season.






Freshman Alonzo Verge, Jr. sets single game scoring record with 51 points

The Moberly Area Comm. College Greyhounds defeated host Highland CC(Ill.) 93-90 in overtime to win it’s third straight William Baer Tournament in Freeport, Illinois on Saturday evening. Moberly fell behind 22-8 to start the championship game but eventually claimed a 35-34 halftime lead. The game featured an unbelievable 17 ties and 30 lead changes as the entire second half was back and forth. After Shareef Smith hit a three pointer to put Highland up 85-82, Moberly PG Alonzo Verge, Jr. came back and hit a three pointer with 12 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Moberly grabbed the early lead in OT and survived a last second three point miss by Highland to gain the championship. Verge lead Moberly with an unbelievable performance as he scored a Moberly single game record 51 points along with 4 assists and 4 rebounds while sophomore guard Randy Miller added 17 points. JJ Matthews and Sean Miller-Moore had 12 rebounds each for the Greyhounds. Highland was lead in scoring by Luka Barisic with 25 points(4 made threes), Josh Carter scored 19 points, JayQuan McCloud had 17 while Smith added 16 points.

Moberly won it’s third game in 26 hours in the tournament and improved to 13-1 on the season.