The Crowder Lady Roughriders reached 10 wins on the season with a 84-73 win Friday night over rival Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in the first game of the Roughrider Classic.
Crowder seemed to have a magical affinity for the number 27 Friday night — a number that served Carlton Fisk well when he played for the Boston Red Sox — by scoring 27 points in both the first and fourth quarters.
Crowder outscored the guests from Miami 54-38 in those quarters alone, helping overcome the fact NEO outscored Crowder 35-30 in the middle quarters.
Elle Williams scored a career-high 15 points to spark the Lady ‘Riders, but she was definitely not alone as Michaela Mack added 14 points, Alex Vogt 12, and Coley Ickes and Morgan Crawford 11 each. Zahria White provided nine points and Tori Coulter had six.
Crowder knocked down six trifectas with two each from the duo of Coulter and Williams, while Ickes and Maegan Bandimere each hit a 3-point shot.
Crowder improved to 10-4 overall and returned to action Saturday against Eastern Oklahoma, a team which Crowder defeated earlier this season with its highest-scoring night of 102 points.
Mikayla Shulanberger and Bethy Mununga scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead the Lady Norse, who only had six players reach the scoring column Friday night compared to nine for the host Lady ‘Riders.
Megan Jackson added 12 points and Eneritz Larranaga 10 more to the NEO cause.
In the other game Friday night, Three Rivers defeated Eastern Oklahoma 98-86 behind a game-high 32 points from Lakeita Chappel. A’breon Jackson scored 28 for Eastern Oklahoma.
CROWDER 84, NEO 73
NEO 16 18 17 22 — 73
Crowder 27 18 12 27 — 84
NEO (8-4) — Shulanberger 21, Gnanou 5, Weary 5, Manunga 20, Guiral 0, Lambert 0, Larranaga 10, Geans 0, Jackson 12.
CROWDER (10-4) — Coley Ickes 11, Tori Coulter 6, Maegan Bandimere 4, Aubrie Ayers 2, Bethaney Gilkey 0, Michaela Mack 14, Morgan Crawford 11, Alex Vogt 12, Elle Williams 15, Zahria White 9.
3-point goals — NEO 8 (Shulanberger 3, Jackson 3, Larranaga 2), Crowder 6 (Coulter 2, Williams 2, Ickes, Bandimere).