Carnethia Brown scored a career high 27 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and registered six assists, while Anisha George recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds as the Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball team won 81-63 at Mineral Area COllege on Saturday night. The victory guarantees the Lady Greyhounds a share of the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference championship as they improve to 24-0 overall, 8-0 in conference play, and 7-0 against NJCAA Region 16 opponents.
“I thought we did a nice job of executing offensively,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “We’ve really stressed improving our shot selection to improve on the five to ten possessions we’ve been costing ourselves per game and that was much better in this game. Carnethia and Anisha had big games, but everything they got was within the framework of what we stress in our offense.”
MACC jumped out to a 7-2 lead to start the game, but Mineral Area eventually took a two point, 16-14, lead late in the first quarter. A 7-0 run by the Lady Greyhounds that included a basket by Lunden Henry to begin the second quarter gave MACC a five point lead and they did not trail again in the game.
Brown gave the Lady Greyhounds their first double digit lead, 32-22, as she converted a conventional three point play near the 2:30 mark of the first half. The 5’6″ sophomore point guard scored nine of MACC’s last 10 points as the Lady Greyhounds held a 39-27 halftime advantage.
MACC continued to lead by double figures until late in the third quarter as Mineral Area pulled to within eight on two occasions, however Brown found George open under the basket on an inbounds play to give the Lady Greyhounds a 59-49 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“I wasn’t very happy with our effort on the defensive glass in the third quarter,” said Killinger. “We gave them way too many second and third opportunities to score and that was the biggest factor that prevented us from stretching our lead during that portion of the game.”
A three point field goal by Brianna Perry gave MACC a 14 point, 66-52, lead and the Lady Greyhounds built their advantage to 18, 77-59, following a three point field goal by Jocelyn Taylor and an offensive rebound basket by George with two minutes remaining in the game.
“We didn’t put together any big runs tonight,” said Killinger. “However, I was excited to see how we answered when they would string together a couple of baskets, especially in the second half. I thought we played with pretty good poise and that’s going to be extremely important for us heading into the final stretch of the season.”
MACC shot 49 percent from the field and held the Lady Cardinals to 39 percent shooting while outrebounding their hosts 39-32.
Angelica Wiggins joined Brown and George in double digits as she contributed 11 points. She also recorded six assists. Taylor finished with 9 points, while Alexis Henry had seven rebounds.
The Lady Greyhounds will host their annual “Shooting for a Cure” event on Wednesday night as they host Arkansas Baptist College at 5:00 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader with the Greyhound men’s program, who will host West Plains that evening. All proceeds from the sale of pink Moberly Greyhounds basketball t-shirts, as well as raffle tickets for a variety of Greyhound items, will be donated to the Randolph County Relay for Life.