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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Lady ‘Riders clinch No. 1 seed

  • After watching a big second-half lead disappear in the final minutes on Saturday, the No. 14-ranked Crowder Lady ‘Riders stepped back on the throttle and peeled away from Three Rivers College, 72-65, in their home finale at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.
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  • After watching a big second-half lead disappear in the final minutes on Saturday, the No. 14-ranked Crowder Lady ‘Riders stepped back on the throttle and peeled away from Three Rivers College, 72-65, in their home finale at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.
    The victory also clinched the Region 16 No. 1 seed for the Lady ‘Riders, and they’ll play at Three Rivers on Tuesday to kick off the Region 16 Tournament.
    Leading 38-27 at the half, the Lady ‘Riders (25-5, 9-1 Region 16) continued to tear away in the second as they built a 15 point lead before watching the Lady Raiders come storming back. A basket by Lady Raider Erin Bollmann with just over three minutes left in the contest tied it at 60 apiece, but a two free throws by Terai Sadler with 3:03 remaining broke the tie and gave the Lady ‘Riders the lead for good.
    Sadler, who went 15-for-16 from the free throw line in the game, contributed nine-of-10 shots from the stripe in the second half despite not scoring from the floor in the half. She wasn’t alone however, as six other Lady ‘Riders scored in the half, including Caprese Marshall with nine.
    Crowder knew the Lady Raiders, who are battling for a No. 2 seed and a bye in the region tournament, weren’t going to make it easy.
    “We talked about at halftime the fact that they weren’t just going to roll over,” Crowder coach Tina Robbins said.
    Despite being outsized in the paint, the Lady ‘Riders were only out-rebounded 37-34 for the game. Neither team was particularly happy with their turnovers either, as they combined for 40 of those.
    But those numbers paled in comparison to the final score as Crowder keeps finding ways to win despite most often being the smaller team.
    “We’re pretty much undersized against everybody that we play,” Robbins said. “We’ve found a way to win. Nothing from here on out is going to be easy. It’s going to be a battle for 40 minutes. The good thing is we hit some big shots down the stretch. All of those things added up.”
    Sadler finished with 23 points for Crowder, while Camila Lacerda added 14, Marshall 11, Dorian Briggs 10, Veronica Amos eight, Megan Ritter four and Chloe Nichols two. Lacerda tallied nine assists and five steals. Sadler and Nichols both had seven rebounds. Marshall added three assists.
    Bollman led the Lady Raiders with 16 points, while Marissa Webb and Anna Vogt each had 14.
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