In what was a tough, physical contest, the Crowder Lady ‘Riders threw down against Coffeyville Community College and came away with a hard-fought 54-52 victory on Tuesday.
The first half belonged to the Lady Ravens as they built a 31-22 lead at the half. Only a 3-pointer at the buzzer kept the Lady Riders from trailing by even more at that point, but the shot seemed to give them some momentum as they came out in the second half on fire.
A long run by the Lady ‘Riders was aided by them not allowing the Lady Ravens to score for the first five minutes of the half. That allowed Crowder to take the lead midway through the half.
The new life was just enough for the Lady ‘Riders to hang on at the end.
Trailing 52-50 with about a minute to play, Terai Sadler grabbed an offensive rebound, put it back for a basket, was fouled on the play and made the free throw to give Crowder a 53-52 edge with just under a minute remaining. After a defensive stop, Sagely was fouled and made the front end of a one-and-one to make it 54-52.
The Lady Ravens had two more chances within the final 20 seconds, but missed both shots as the Lady ‘Riders defense held tough.
“Our kids really battled,” Lady Riders coach Tina Robbins said. “I was really proud of our kids. It was a physical, physical game and at times we weren’t getting shots to fall. But they continued to grind and found a way to win.”
Sadler was the leading scorer for the Lady ‘Riders with 13 points while Veronica Amos had 10, Sarah Sagely 11, Caprese Marshall three, Camila Lacerda seven, Dorian Briggs six, Megan Ritter two, Chloe Nichols two and Seleena Neal zero.
Amos pulled down 12 rebounds and three steals. Sadler had nine boards and three assists. Lacerda managed four assists and six steals. Briggs had three assists.
Miaja Coursey led all scorers with 18 points for the Lady Ravens. Teammate Devyn Edwards had 13.
The Lady ‘Riders now gear up for the Don Wilson Classic this weekend at Bob Sneller Gymnasium. The four-team tournament is slated to tip at 5 p.m. Friday with North Oklahoma-Tonkawa taking on North Arkansas Community College at 5 p.m. while Crowder entertains LSU-Eunice at 7.
The tournament continues on Saturday with Crowder vs taking on Tonkawa at 3.