The ending to Wednesday’s game between the Crowder Lady ‘Riders and Iowa Western Lady Reivers was, well, a bit odd, to say the least.
In a back and forth tussle from start to finish, the Lady ‘Riders got a basket from sophomore Terai Sadler with 6.7 seconds left in the game to grab a 64-63 lead. However, the Lady ‘Riders were called for a foul on the inbounds play when Crowder’s Caprese Marshall collided with a Lady Reivers player.
That player, also a 23-percent free throw shooter, went down in a heap and, instead of going to the line for free throws, was lifted from the game due to injury. Her replacement, Leighlani Paselio, and 88-percent shooter from the line, replaced her and knocked down both free throws to give Iowa Western a 65-64 victory.
The Lady ‘Riders were left scratching their heads at what had transpired over the final 10 seconds.
Regardless, the Lady ‘Riders were hit with a loss for just the fourth time all season as they fell to 13-4 overall. Crowder, to their credit, was blamed no one but itself for the loss after allowing 23 offensive rebounds to Iowa Western.
“The difference in the game was rebounding,” Lady ‘Riders coach Tina Robbins said. “We didn’t do a good job on the boards. However, we really fought hard to have a chance at the end.”
Had the Lady ‘Riders pulled it off, a victory would have been extra sweet as they trailed by eight points with two minutes remaining before coming back to make it close.
Sadler was the key ingredient for the Lady ‘Riders as she came away with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Chloe Nichols finished with four points, Sarah Sagely had 14, Marshall seven, Camila Lacerda nine, Dorian Briggs none, Megan Ritter two and Seleena Neal three. Lacerda chipped in four assists while Marshall had three, Sagely and Neal finished with two steals apiece.
Leah Scott led the Lady Reivers with 19 points while Shawnee Winningham added six, Alise Karlsone seven, Bobbi Beckwith six, Tyisha Smith 12, Lakota Goe 11, Ashley Prather two, Amber McCann none and Paselio two.
Crowder led 31-27 at halftime.
The Lady ‘Riders are back at home on Saturday when they host Mineral Area at 2 p.m. at Bob Sneller Gymnasium in the Region 16 opener.