The Crowder Lady Roughriders outscored the visiting Three Rivers Lady Raiders 55-34 in the first and fourth quarters en route to a 91-73 win Saturday afternoon at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.
Four different — nearly five — Crowder players scored in double-digits, as the Lady ‘Riders improved to 14-6 overall, 8-1 at home, and 1-1 in Region 16 competition.
Crowder, who’s struggled some on the road this season, returns to action Wednesday evening on the road in Region 16 action against State Fair (10-9 overall, 2-1 Region 16).
“First half offensively, I didn’t think we played bad,” Crowder head coach Tina Wilson said. “We just missed shots that we should have made and we were bad from the free throw line in the first half. Big difference in the second half offensively was that we made shots and we made free throws. I thought defensively in the second half, we did a better job. I know they scored more points in the second than they did in the first, but I thought our defense was better in the second half because we did a better job of rotating and helping each other. They made some tough shots, but I thought our defense was better and I thought we did a better job of rebounding in the second half.”
The Lady ‘Riders thrived on a rowdy Sneller Gymnasium crowd, especially after a series of calls that seemed to go against Crowder’s way at every turn briefly in the second half. Crowder fans thought Three Rivers and the referees were part of the biggest bail out since GM.
After Three Rivers secured a 44-all score in the third, part of a 10-0 run in a 2-minute stretch, Crowder’s 3-point sharpshooter Tori Coulter hit a 3-pointer and Three Rivers would trail the rest of the way, although Hailee Erickson’s 3-pointer to start the scoring in the fourth made it a 58-56 game.
Crowder then went on a 9-0 run for a 67-56 lead with 6 minutes, 47 seconds remaining in regulation, this run capped off by Coley Ickes’ old-fashioned three-point play.
All game long, Crowder seemed to feed off the Sneller Gymnasium faithful.
“When you’re at home, you’re sleeping in your own bed,” Wilson said. “You’ve got your home fans, your family here, typically, to support you. When you travel, especially day of the game, there’s all these factors. Everybody faces the same factors. It’s how you deal with it. Obviously, we have a little bit more of a comfort level here on our home court, which is not uncommon.”
Once again, Crowder proved strong on the free throw line Saturday, even before Three Rivers entered foul mode.
“Tuesday night at North Ark, we were 25 of 28, shot 89 percent,” Wilson said, “which was fantastic. Of course, first half (Saturday), we were 6 of 16, something like that, we shot very poorly. Second half, we did a better job. I think we were rushing a lot at the line. If we just slow down and take our time. … It’s the inconsistency of the makes. Our goal is that we want to shoot ideally above 80 percent, but somewhere between 70 and 80 percent, you give yourself a good chance if you go to the free throw line that often. We’re still trying to get to where we’re more consistent.”
Coulter led all scorers with 19 points, sparked by five 3-point shots. Zahria White, making her first appearance of the new calendar year, tallied 17 points, while Alex Vogt and Ickes finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively, with these four players representing a nice balance of interior and perimeter scoring for the Lady ‘Riders.
Michaela Mack finished with nine points and Morgan Crawford and Elle Williams each had six for a Crowder team which returns home Saturday for a Region 16 contest against Jefferson.
Erickson led Three Rivers with 13, with Alex Kohler and Sydni Williams each responsible for 12 points, and DeNayia Holmes chipped in 11 for the 13-8 overall and 1-3 Region 16 Raiders.
CROWDER 91, THREE RIVERS 73
Three Rivers 14 16 23 20 — 73
Crowder 22 14 22 33 — 91
THREE RIVERS (13-8, 1-3) — DeNayia Holmes 11, Markeia Porter 6, Sydni Williams 12, Catera Sawyers 5, Hailee Erickson 13, Alex Kohler 12, Lakeita Chappel 8, Casey Douglas 6.
CROWDER (14-6, 1-1) — Coley Ickes 14, Tori Coulter 19, Maegan Bandimere 4, Aubrie Ayers 0, Bethaney Gilkey 0, Michaela Mack 9, Morgan Crawford 6, Alex Vogt 16, Elle Williams 6, Zahria White 17.
3-point goals — Three Rivers 9 (Erickson 4, Kohler 3, Holmes, Sawyers), Crowder 5 (Coulter 5).
REGION 16 STANDINGS
Team Region 16 Overall
Moberly 3-0 20-0
State Fair 2-1 10-9
Mineral Area 2-2 12-6
Crowder 1-1 14-6
Three Rivers 1-3 13-8
Jefferson 0-2 5-9
Crowder 91, Three Rivers 73
Moberly 80, Mineral Area 47
State Fair 94, Jefferson 59
Three Rivers at Dyersburg State
Crowder at State Fair
Mineral Area at St. Louis
Moberly at Jefferson