The Lady Greyhounds of Moberly Area Community College remained 7th in the most recent NJCAA Division I Top 25 Poll and maintained their unbeaten season on Wednesday night with a 71-41 victory at Jefferson College. The win gave MACC an overall mark of 21-0 as they improved to 6-0 in the MCCAC and 4-0 against NJCAA Region 16 opponents.
Carnethia Brown and Anisha George led the Lady Greyhounds offensive attack in the first half as Brown scored 13 points and George netted 10. Jocelyn Taylor also contributed eight points as MACC led 39-20.
The third quarter began with a 13-2 run as the Lady Greyhounds stretched their advantage to 30 points, 52-22, at the 4:16 mark as they forced seven Jefferson turnovers and MACC led by as many as 37 points early in the fourth quarter before finishing the game with the final 30 point margin.
George finished the night with 19 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks in 26 minutes. Brown had 18 points and four assists, while Taylor had 14 points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists, and three blocks. Sentreal Gregory came off the bench with 10 points and four steals. TrEl’Shawn Smith added seven points, three assists, and three steals.
“Carnethia and Anisha showed why they were NJCAA All-stars this past summer. Both of them really dictated the game at different times on both ends of the floor,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “We played without our second leading scorer in Angelica Wiggins and Brianna Perry was not at 100 percent, so it was great to see Jocelyn and Sentreal step up, as well as TrEl’Shawn.”
MACC shot 48 percent from the field, compared to 32 percent for Jefferson, and forced the Lady Vikings into 29 turnovers. The Lady Greyhounds have now held 18 of their 21 opponents to 33 percent or less shooting and have forced 17 opponents into more turnovers than field goals made. MACC has also outrebounded 18 opponents.
“Our defense did a great job of forcing turnovers, which led to some easy baskets in transition,” said Killinger. “However, we have to do a better job of rebounding on both ends of the floor because our last two games we’ve held a slight edge on our opponents, but haven’t been as good on the glass as we need to be. We have some extremely tough games coming up and rebounding will definitely be a factor in those contests.”
The Lady Greyhounds travel to Poplar Bluff this weekend to face Three Rivers Community College in a doubleheader with the men’s program. Tip-off for the women’s game is set for 5:00 p.m.