The team that shoots the best does not always win the basketball game, apparently.
On Wednesday, the Crowder Lady 'Riders put that theory to the test as they edged Moberly Area Community College, 51-50, in a thriller at Bob Sneller Gymnasium despite shooting just 31 percent from the field to Moberly's 45.
"Our defense was pretty solid all game," Crowder coach Tina Robbins said. "I told our kids it's magnified whenever you're playing so poorly on the other end. To hold (the Lady Greyhounds) to 50 points, that's pretty good defense, but it didn't seem great because we weren't scoring on the other end."
Credit Crowder's defense for making up the difference as they held the Lady Greyhounds to just 11 free throw attempts while forcing 25 turnovers in the game. In all, 11 of those turnovers came on steals by the Lady 'Riders, as Veronica Amos, Caprese Marshall and Camila Lacerda had two each. Crowder, meanwhile, went 18-for-22 from the free throw line (81.8 percent) for the game.
After shooting just 21 percent from the field in the first half, the Lady 'Riders managed to take a 23-22 lead into the break thanks to a 10-for-11 showing at the line. Moberly, meanwhile, managed to hit the only two shots they had from the line in the half.
Crowder's efficiency from the line again paid dividends in the second half when Caprese Marshall hit a pair of free throws with 1:12 remaining in the game to pull the Lady 'Riders within one (50-49). On the next possession, Marshall found teammate Terai Sadler with a pass in the paint and she laid it in to make it 51-50 with 32.5 to go.
Moberly would manage to get off one final errant shot as Crowder held on to move to 19-4 overall and 5-0 in the region. Robbins credited her team for executing the game-plan in the final minutes of the game. Their final four points came after a pair of timeouts in the waning minutes of the contest.
"We finished the game strong," Robbins said. "We called two timeouts and (our team) executed what I asked them to run, and then we got that big defensive stop at the end, which was huge."
The loss dropped Moberly to 17-6 overall.
Sarah Sagely led Crowder with 15 points on offense while Sadler tallied 14, Veronica Amos four, Marshall nine, Lacerda one and Dorian Briggs eight. Sadler led the team with six rebounds while Lacerda had three assists and Amos added two blocks.
Kelsey Williams paced the Lady Greyhounds with 16 points while Angel Woods had 11, Alexis Newbolt four, Britany Rowell six, Shanevian Holden four, Marida Lewis six, Morgan Vetter two and Alira Mihocic one.
Crowder hosts Jefferson College on Saturday at 2 p.m., with the annual alumni game to immediately follow.
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