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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Lady ‘Riders run out of gas

  • Every time the Seminole State Lady Belles looked like they were ready to pull away on Tuesday, the Crowder Lady ‘Riders came right back to make it a game. In the end, however, the Lady ‘Riders ran out of steam and lost, 69-66 in the home opener at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.
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  • Every time the Seminole State Lady Belles looked like they were ready to pull away on Tuesday, the Crowder Lady ‘Riders came right back to make it a game. In the end, however, the Lady ‘Riders ran out of steam and lost, 69-66 in the home opener at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.
    Crowder (2-1) had a chance at the buzzer. With 1.7 seconds to go, the Lady Riders got the ball into the hands of the player they wanted to fire the final shot, Sarah Sagely, but her heave sailed a little long.  
    Perhaps a grueling weekend took some sap out of the legs of the Lady ‘Riders. Regardless, their effort was superb as they fought back several times and never trailed by more than nine points in the contest despite playing from behind nearly the entire way.
    “I think we’re still a little fatigued from the weekend,” Crowder coach Tina Robbins said. “We had a lot of kids that played a lot of minutes with us being a little short on the bench right now.”
    After falling behind 52-43 with just over 12 minutes left in the game, the Lady ‘Riders went on a 12-0 run over the next five minutes. With 7:43 left in the contest Crowder’s Camila Lacerda hit a layup to tie it at 52 before Dorian Briggs answered with a 3-pointer with 6:52 left to give the Lady ‘Riders their first lead of the game, 55-52.
    But the Lady Belles would answer with a short 6-0 run, highlighted on a basket by Jennifer Rosado with 4:49 left to re-gain the lead, 56-55. Crowder would again respond and take back the lead on a pair of free throws by Caprese Marshall to make it 60-58.
    Rosado struck again, however, with a pair of free throws with 2:22 left to put the Lady Belles back in front 62-60 in what would be the final lead change of the game. To be sure, the dagger was delivered by Lady Belles freshman Megan Acklin when she hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to make it a five-point advantage, 65-60.
    “I thought we were a little stagnant in the first half,” Robbins said. “I thought foul trouble hurt us in the first half, having to play some people out of position. But I thought our kids played really hard. I thought they gave a great effort and we gave ourselves a chance to win at the end.”
    Seminole State held a 36-34 lead at the half.
    Sagely and Terai Sadler both led Crowder with 17 points apiece. Caprese Marshall had seven points, Chloe Nichols four, Lacerda eight, Dorian Briggs six, Seleena Neal two and Megan Ritter five. Sadler paced the defense with 10 rebounds while also picking up three assists along with Lacerda and Ritter. Lacerda also contributed two steals and six boards while Briggs also had six boards.
    Page 2 of 2 - Charrelle Price led the way with 22 points for the Lady Belles while Rosado tossed in 14, Oulaymatou Coulibaly five, Jordan Williams nine, Acklin 10, Shambria Freeman two, Layton Hurley five and Durriyah Drummond two.
    The Lady ‘Riders get some much needed rest before hitting the road to take on Connors State in Harrison, Ark. at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
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