The MACC Lady Greyhounds moved up to 7th in the latest NJCAA national rankings this week and celebrated by ending an eight game losing streak to State Fair Community College by a score of 67-51 in Sedalia on Wednesday night.
“In the past we’ve talked about this being just another game,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “But, before the game we talked a lot more about how it is a little bit bigger because there was a lot on the line. Our girls were determined to end the losing streak, especially after two last second losses last season.”
Both teams struggled offensively early in the game, however an 8-0 run by MACC allowed them to take a 14-11 lead after one quarter of play. The Lady Greyhounds led by as many as seven points in the second quarter before going into halftime with a 30-27 lead.
“It was good to go into halftime with the lead,” said Killinger. “Especially with Anisha (George) on the bench for all but three minutes due to foul trouble. Lunden Henry really stepped up in her absence and was a key factor in us having the lead.”
A 7-1 run to start the second half gave State Fair it’s largest lead of the contest, 34-31, but MACC answered with an 8-0 run and led 39-35 heading into the final quarter.
George began to assert her dominance at the start of the fourth quarter as she scored six straight points to give the Lady Greyhounds a 45-39 cushion with 7:29 remaining in the game. Another 8-0 run by MACC extended their advantage to 12, 53-41, and they eventually led by as many as 15 before State Fair got to within 12 with just over two minutes left to play. The Lady Greyhounds connected on five of eight free throws over the final minute and a half for the final 16 point margin of victory.
MACC shot 43 percent from the field and held State Fair to just 25 percent shooting, while outrebounding their host 54-41.
“I was really proud of our defensive effort,” said Killinger. “They were coming off a 94 point game against Three Rivers and we did a really good job of challenging shots and not giving up a high percentage of offensive rebounds. I know the girls were excited to get this win, so this will be something positive to continue to build upon.”
George recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Lunden Henry had 15 points and seven rebounds. Jocelyn Taylor added 10 points and six rebounds. Carnethia Brown finished with eight points, six rebounds, and five assists. Angelica Wiggins scored seven points, to go along with five rebounds, and four assists. Sentreal Gregory had five points, four rebounds, four assists, and four steals.
The Lady Greyhounds are now 19-0 overall and 4-0 in MCCAC games. Their mark against Region 16 opponents stands at 2-0.