The Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball program hosted their annual Midwest Bone & Joint Center Classic this past weekend as they took on a pair of Region 24 opponents at Fitzsimmons-John Arena.
On Friday, MACC faced NJCAA #14 Wabash Valley College in a thrilling contest and came away with an 80-78 overtime victory. The Lady Greyhounds led 36-25 at halftime behind 10 points from Anisha George and nine points from Angelica Wiggins.
MACC maintained their 11 point advantage at the end of three quarters of play and extended the lead to 12, 64-52, with 8:52 remaining in the game as Wiggins knocked down her fifth three point field goal of the game. The visiting Lady Warriors began to chip away at their deficit scoring seven straight points before the Lady Greyhounds countered with a score by Lunden Henry.
Wabash Valley continued to drain deep three point attempts and converted a conventional three point play to take their first lead of the game, 71-68, since midway through the first quarter with just 2:02 remaining in the game. MACC responded with a free throw from Wiggins, two free throws by Sentreal Gregory, and a fast break lay-up from Gregory to retake the lead, 73-71, with 50 seconds left in regulation. However, a field goal by Wabash Valley with 32 seconds to play eventually sent the game into overtime.
The two teams held each other scoreless over the first three minutes of the overtime period until Jocelyn Taylor got MACC on the board with a basket and George finished in the paint to extend the Lady Greyhound lead to four, 77-73, with 1:20 on the clock. Wabash Valley scored five unanswered points to take a one point lead, but MACC went back to George who converted inside to give the Lady Greyhounds the decisive bucket. George would later make one of two free throws to seal the victory.
“This was really a tremendous game,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “Both teams made runs, which is what you would expect, and both teams really dug deep competing against one another. There were countless big plays made by both teams and I’m proud of our girls for maintaining their composure over the last couple of minutes of regulation and in the last minute of overtime. We got a little discombobulated in the fourth, but when we were down and needed to get organized we did that.”
George notched her second double-double of the season with 24 points, five of which came in overtime, and 15 rebounds. Wiggins finished with 16 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. Gregory had 14 points and three assists, while Taylor had nine points and eight rebounds. Carnethia Brown added seven points and five assists.
“We did a great job on the offensive glass,” said Killinger. “That was probably the biggest deciding factor in the game. Even though the score may not indicate it, both teams really had to work and execute to put points on the board. It was the most physical game we’ve been in all season and I thought we responded pretty well.”
MACC outrebounded Wabash Valley 62-50, while both teams struggled from the field. The Lady Greyhounds shot just 38 percent, their lowest percentage on the season, but held Wabash Valley to 36 percent, which was also their lowest so far this year.
On Saturday, MACC jumped out to a 28-10 lead over Shawnee Community College and never looked back. The Lady Greyhounds limited the Saints to just two points in the second quarter and three points in the third quarter as they led 57-12 at halftime and 82-15 at the end of three quarters of play. MACC went on to win by a score of 105-36.
“I thought we took a great approach into this game,” said Killinger. “This evening was the night that we were recognizing the late Mabel McCormick and how much she meant to both basketball programs, so it was important for us, and especially to me, for us to come out and honor her. Ironically enough, Mabel would have been 105 earlier this month, so it was really incredible for us to be able to score exactly 105 points.”
George recorded her second double-double in as many nights as she paced the Lady Greyhounds with 22 points and 10 rebounds and led five players in double figures. Wiggins and TrEl’Shawn Smith each finished with 11 points, while Gregory and Brianna Perry contributed 10 points. Brown, Gregory, and Smith all recorded five assists. Lunden Henry had seven points and seven rebounds. Taylor scored nine points and Allisyn Rhone had eight, including a pair of three pointers.