The Crowder Lady ‘Riders must have felt at home as they breezed through the Don Wilson Classic this weekend with a pair of easy victories.
On Friday the Lady ‘Riders had an offensive outburst and walloped LSU-Eunice, 94-71. They returned to the court Saturday in the finale of the Classic and easily handled Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa 75-62.
Saturday’s outcome looks much closer than it really was. After building a 30-point lead by the midpoint of the second half, the Lady ‘Riders watched as the Lady Mavericks fought back to close the gap some in the final 10 minutes. The Lady ‘Riders played so well in the first half, however, that the effort wasn’t nearly enough.
“I thought we had a good first half,” Crowder coach Tina Robbins said of Saturday’s performance. Our second half wasn’t as good. I think we had such a big lead that we sort of relaxed and coasted a bit there late.”
Credit the defense for much of that early success as they forced a slew of turnovers and turned them into transition buckets. That helped Crowder (7-1 overall) build a 46-21 advantage at the half. By the 12 minute mark in the second half the Lady ‘Riders led 56-26.
The spark for the Lady Mavericks came from Deborah Means, who scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, and Shushana Flores, who had 13 of her 15 in the second. They outscored Crowder 41-29 in the second half.
Crowder got some quality minutes from its bench as five of its six players came off the bench scored points. Starter Sarah Sagely had another solid night from the field as she drained four 3-pointers and topped the team with 20 points, four rebounds and four steals. Meanwhile, Veronica Amos made her presence felt in the paint with 13 points and seven boards.
Terai Sadler came off the bench and scored nine points and pulled down four boards while Caprese Marshall had seven points, Camila Lacerda, Dorian Briggs and Seleena Neal each had five, Megan Ritter four and Callie Shaver two. Lacerda also added seven assists.
Saturday’s performance followed what was an impressive offensive showing against LSU-Eunice as Lacerda chipped in a triple double while Chloe Nichols had a double double to lead the team.
Lacerda finished the game with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Meanwhile, Nichols had her best performance of the season with a team-high 23 points, 11 boards and four assists.
“We really played well (on Friday),” Robbins said. “We shot the ball well and had some kids that stepped up and scored in ways that they hadn’t yet. Lacerda had a really good game and Chloe Nichols had her best game. But it was really a team effort. Our kids played really hard.”
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Behind the performances of Nichols and Lacerda, Caprese Marshall pitched in 18 points while Sagely had 13, Neal 10, Shaver three and Ritter two.
The Lady ‘Riders are back in action at 6 p.m. Monday when they host Oklahoma Wesleyan’s “B” team.