Author: Marlena Wisdom


Improve to 10-1 with win in Missouri-Illinois Shootout

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team defeated Wabash Valley 101-88 Sunday afternoon in the Missouri-Illinois JUCO Shootout at St. Louis CC-Forest Park. After opening a double-digit lead in the first half, Moberly lead 46-42 at halftime. However, the preseason #24 nationally ranked Wabash Valley College Warriors came back to gain a 64-60 lead with 11 minutes remaining. Moberly came back to secure the lead for good on an Alonzo Verge three-pointer with 8 minutes remaining and opened up a double-digit margin in the last four minutes. Verge lead Moberly in scoring with 30 points and 13 assists, 6’8” forward JJ Matthews added 22 points and 8 rebounds, 6’6” forward JaQualis Matlock scored 17 points along with 8 rebounds and 6’1” sophomore wing Dallas Morgan scored 14 points(4 of 6 from three-point range). Newsome lead Wabash Valley in scoring with 21 points(7 made treys), Garrett scored 15 points, Cherry added 12 while forward Austin Trice contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Moberly improved to 10-1 on the season while Wabash Valley dropped to 6-5 with the loss.

“After a very disappointing loss to Indian Hills last weekend,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “ I was very pleased in how our players responded to a very tough week of practice and a whole week before we played again. It felt like a football week with 7 days between games but felt it was very beneficial as we were able to get back and work on our system. Wabash Valley is a very good, well-coached team so felt this was our best win of the season. We are still very much a work in progress and look forward to the Highland Tournament this weekend and finishing our semester off strong.”

Moberly will play in the Highland CC William Baer Invitational this weekend as Friday they play Iowa Central at 5 pm. The classic resumes Saturday as they will play Marshalltown CC at 3:00 pm and then host Highland at 7:00 pm in Freeport, Illinois.





The women’s basketball team from Moberly Area Community College traveled to Quincy, Illinois this past weekend to play in the Town & Country Inn and Suites Classic hosted by John Wood Community College.

The Lady Greyhounds led from start to finish as they defeated perennial NJCAA powerhouse Johnson County Community College, who came into the game ranked #2 in the country at the NJCAA Division II level, on Saturday by a score of 64-60.

MACC took a 39-21 lead into halftime as they connected on six of 11 three point attempts in the first half. Sentreal Gregory came off the bench to score 13 first half points. Anisha George nearly notched a double-double in the first half with nine points and seven rebounds, while Carnethia Brown added eight first half points.

A 9-0 run to begin the second half stretched the lead to 27, 48-21, with 5:55 remaining in the third quarter, but Johnson County continued to battle and trimmed their deficit to 17, 53-36, by the end of the third quarter.

The Cavaliers continued to mount their comeback as the fourth quarter began and pulled to within six, 57-51, before a basket by Gregory. However, Johnson County eventually got to within one possession of the Lady Greyhounds until Brianna Perry converted a pair of free throws and Brown scored on a put back to give MACC a six point, 63-57, lead with one minute to play.

“I was extremely happy with how we played in the first three quarters,” said Killinger. “We turned the ball over way too many times in the 4th quarter and probably started playing more to not lose than to win. However, we showed good composure over the final two minutes to pick up a great win against a very good program.”

The Lady Greyhounds placed four players in double figures with Brown scoring a team high 16 points, she also added four assists. Gregory finished with 15 points and three steals. Perry scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds, and recorded four steals. George had her fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Alexis Henry had six rebounds and four assists.

MACC shot just over 40 percent from the field and held Johnson County to 34 percent shooting. The Lady Greyhounds knocked down seven of 17 three point attempts, compared to nine of 25 for Johnson County, and outrebounded the Cavaliers 46-33.

On Sunday, MACC faced a John Wood Community College squad that they had defeated 86-38 during the second week of November and came away with a hard fought 60-48 win.

“I knew this was going to be a difficult game given the score of our first game back in November,” said Killinger. “But, I was pleased with our ability to stay committed on the defensive end of the floor and that kept us in the game.”

The Lady Greyhounds scored a season low six points in the first quarter of action as they shot two of 14 from the field and two of eight from the free throw line. Despite their offensive struggles they managed to take a 21-20 lead at the half.

The score was tied at the end of three quarters of play, but the fourth quarter belonged to MACC as they started the final period with a 10-3 run and ended it on a 9-4 run, holding John Wood to just four points over the final nine minutes of the game. The Lady Greyhounds secured the 12 point victory by shooting over 50 percent in the second half and limiting their host to 31 percent shooting.

MACC forced 38 turnovers in the contest and finished the day shooting 41 percent, despite not making a single three point attempt. John Wood became the second team to outrebound the Lady Greyhounds as they held a 44-29 advantage on the boards.

Brown led the MACC offense for the second straight game, netting 15 points and garnering five steals. George was the only other Lady Greyhound to reach double figures in the scoring column as she scored 10 points. Angelica Wiggins added eight points, while Gregory had seven points and four steals. Jocelyn Taylor had a career high nine steals and grabbed five rebounds. Lunden Henry led MACC with seven rebounds.

“I think the game on Saturday took a lot out of us,” said Killinger. “So, I was proud of our girls for finding a way to win. When shots aren’t falling and the ball isn’t bouncing your way you have to dig a little deeper and I thought we did that. We didn’t get rattled and we got great effort on the defensive end from several players, especially Carnethia and Jocelyn, and that was the biggest factor in us coming out on top.”

The Lady Greyhounds have just two games remaining before they receive a little time off over Christmas Break. On Thursday they will host the junior varsity squad from Missouri Baptist University and on Saturday they will travel to St. Louis to take part in the St. Louis Community College Shootout, where they will face Southeastern Illinois College.

“This is always a tough time for junior college teams,” said Killinger. “We have finals coming up, the kids are starting to look forward to being able to spend some time at home with their families, and we still have some business to take care of on the court. But, we’ll try to concentrate on taking things one day at a time and one game at a time, the same as we have up to this point.”






Play Wabash Valley at 4:00 PM at St. Louis CC(Forest Park)

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team will play in the Missouri-Illinois JUCO Shootout on Sunday, December 3. The Greyhounds will be opposed by Wabash Valley CC with game time at 4:00 pm. MACC is currently 9-1 on the season coming into the contest and ranked #8 in the NJCAA pre-season rankings. Wabash Valley is 6-3 on the season and ranked #24 in the NJCAA pre-season rankings.

“Coming off our first loss of the season to Indian Hills, obviously we were very disappointed in how we played, competed and coached,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “However, with 10 games in 25 days, it was great this week to get back on the court with some productive practice time. You have certain lessons you need to learn during the season and then it’s time to move on, make corrections and get ready for the next game. The teams that get there throughout the season and at the end of the season are the teams that focus on “one day at a time” and our first objective is to understand the focus and toughness we must play every possession with. This team has a high potential ceiling but we must continue to seek that next level every day.”