Brianna Perry poured in a career high 36 points as the 4th ranked Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball team secured the first undefeated regular season since the 1984-85 Lady Greyhound squad went 27-0 as they defeated Jefferson College 108-32 at Fitzsimmons-John Arena on Saturday afternoon. Prior to the contest seven sophomores were recognized for their contributions to the program before playing their final home game.
“We talk about ‘team’ so much that it is great to be able to introduce the sophomores as individuals and give each of them credit for their own accomplishments,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “This group of sophomores has meant a lot to me, personally, as well as my family, and it was incredible to watch them achieve what they have so far this season and to have a day that allowed them to celebrate with their families.”
Jefferson opened the scoring in the game with a three point field goal at the 8:27 mark, but the Lady Greyhounds countered with a basket from Anisha George, a conventional three point play by Perry, and a three from the top of the key from Alexis Henry to begin what would be a 24-0 run by MACC over a seven minute period of the first quarter.
The Lady Greyhounds led 26-5 heading into the second quarter and continued to excel on both ends of the floor as they built a 47-15 halftime lead behind 19 points from Perry. A total of eight different players scored in the first half for MACC as they shot 53 percent from the floor and limited Jefferson to 22 percent shooting.
George, who cracked the 700 career point mark in the first half, scored on the first possession of the second half for the Lady Greyhounds and Perry capped off an 11-0 run to begin the third quarter with her third three point field goal of the game as MACC extended their lead to 43, 58-15, at the 7:24 mark. The Lady Greyhounds connected on 12 of 16 shots in the quarter, while forcing 11 turnovers by Jefferson, in building a 78-22 advantage after three quarters of action.
Angelica Wiggins stretched the MACC lead to 70, 94-24, after an offensive rebound by Chrishey Wilkes with just under five minutes remaining in the game. Alexis Henry then followed with a three and George converted in the paint before Perry scored her final two points of the contest to send the Lady Greyhounds over the 100 point mark for the fourth time this season.
MACC made 22 of 34 shots in the second half, including three of eight from long range, and were 14 of 15 from the charity stripe. For the game the Lady Greyhounds shot a blistering 59 percent, compared to 23 percent for the Lady Vikings. MACC held a 42-27 edge in the rebounding department.
“I don’t think we could have played any better than what we did,” said Killinger. “We never focused on anything more than the next game all season and I felt like this group really personified that mindset. I couldn’t be happier for them to be conference champions, regular season region champions, and to have finished the regular season undefeated. There were quite a few challenges along the way and they rose to the occasion every time.”
In addition to her 36 points Perry also recorded five steals and four assists, while four other Lady Greyhounds also reached double figures in the scoring column. George finished with 14 points on a perfect seven for seven day from the field and added five rebounds and four steals.
Sentreal Gregory filled up the stat sheet with 13 points, six steals, five rebounds, and five assists. Wiggins had 12 points, a team high seven rebounds, four steals, and four assists. Jocelyn Taylor netted 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Alexis Henry continued her solid play with eight points, six rebounds, four steals, and four assists. Lunden Henry contributed six points and five rebounds, while Wilkes added four points and four rebounds. Dasia Batteast rounded out the scoring with three points and Allisyn Rhone dished out three assists.
The Lady Greyhounds, who are the #1 seed for the NJCAA Region 16 Tournament, will face the winner of State Fair and Mineral Area on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in Jefferson City. All semifinal and championship contests will be held at Lincoln University.
“We’re obviously proud of the season we’ve had,” said Killinger. “We will enjoy this feeling for a day or two, but then it will be time to move on to the next season as we begin preparation for tournament play in practice on Monday.”