Opponents be warned, now is not a good time to be playing the Crowder Lady ‘Riders.
Searching for their 16th win in 20 tries, the Lady ‘Riders basketball team laced them up and ran over Three Rivers Community College on Saturday, finishing their quest with a 74-54 victory.
Facing the Lady Raiders’ trap defense in the first half, Crowder, after struggling a bit with turnovers, to made the necessary adjustments to defeat the scheme and carried a 38-30 lead into the half. But when the teams emerged from the locker room, the Lady ‘Riders had a new defensive scheme of their own — a 2-3 look that gave the Lady ‘Raiders fits.
That led to them holding Three Rivers to 24 second half points, compared to their 36.
“I think the kids made some good adjustments in the first half and we played well defensively,” Crowder coach Tina Robbins said. “We went to a 2-3 zone and that really hurt them. They didn’t make shots and we got several steals out of it too.
“We didn’t do a great job on the boards, they out-rebounded us, but we made up for that with our defensive effort, and we shot the ball extremely well today.”
The Lady ‘Riders, in fact, knocked down an impressive 45.5 percent of their shots from the floor while also knocking down five-of-nine (55.6 percent) from 3-point range.
Terai Sadler led Crowder with 17 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Veronica Amos chipped in 13 points, six boards and two steals. Sarah Sagely added eight points, three steals and two blocks. Camila Lacerda had seven points, six boards and seven assists. Dorian Briggs turned in seven points and two blocks. Megan Ritter had two points and two steals. Chloe Nichols finished with eight points while Caprese Marshall turned in seven and Seleena Neal chipped in five.
Erin Bollman led the Lady Raiders with 19 points while Marissa Webb had four, Kamryn Hutsell two, Macy Wright three, Monae Riley three, Whitney Welker four, Alex Hower five, Anna Vogt four, Dennisha Rice eight and Andrea Becker two.
The Lady ‘Riders (16-4) entertain State Fair at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.