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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Lady ‘Riders take two

  • The Lady ‘Riders kicked off their good fortune with an 83-75 victory over Connors State on Friday. The game was close throughout as the Lady ‘Riders held a slim 41-39 margin at the half, but managed to stay in front throughout the second half before pulling away late.
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  • The Crowder Lady ‘Riders had a solid showing at the North Arkansas Classic over the weekend and came away with a pair of victories.
    The Lady ‘Riders kicked off their good fortune with an 83-75 victory over Connors State on Friday. The game was close throughout as the Lady ‘Riders held a slim 41-39 margin at the half, but managed to stay in front throughout the second half before pulling away late.
    Camila Lacerda topped Crowder with 20 points followed by Terai Sadler 17, Veronica Amos four, Sarah Sagely 14, Caprese Marshall 12, Dorian Briggs seven, Megan Ritter seven and Chloe Nichols two. Sadler also added 11 rebounds and six assists. Lacerda had eight assists and two steals. Amos had eight rebounds. Sagely added two steals.
    “It was good to have Veronica back in the lineup,” Lady ‘Riders coach Tina Robbins said. “It wasn’t our best game, but we did things that we needed to down the stretch to win.”
    Shae Williams led Connors State with 20 points while Raven Massey added 17 and Shakayla Love 12.
    Crowder bounced back with an even better performance on Saturday, defeating John Wood Community College, 99-67.
    After holding a 47-36 lead at half, the Lady ‘Riders came out strong to begin the second half and began to quickly pull away. Three players factored in double figures, with Sadler netting 23 points while Marshall added 19 and Sagely 17. Dorian Briggs and Caitlin Miller both played but did not score for Crowder.
    Ritter contributed five points while Nichols had two, Callie Shaver four, Lacerda eight and Selena Neal seven. Lacerda also turned in nine assists and added three steals along with Ritter. Nichols led the team with eight boards and Sadler finished with six.
    John Wood was led in double-figures by Erika Brown’s 13 points, Cheyenne Hedrington and Ashlyn Fore 12, and Dakota Slesner 10.
    “We played really well offensively the whole day,” Robbins said. “The first half we didn’t play real well defensively. The second half we had much better intensity on the defensive end.
    “We came out of the locker room in the second half and went on a run right out of the gate.”
    The Lady ‘Riders were on fire as they shot a sparkling 67-percent from the field and were 50-percent from 3-point territory. Sagely played a big role in that success, hitting five-of-eight 3-point attempts.
    Crowder (4-1) is back in action at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Coffeyville Community College.

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