MOBERLY — Free throw shooting has been a constant theme for the Crowder Lady Roughriders this season.
After their first 22 games, the Lady ‘Riders led NJCAA Division I with 445 made free throws and 662 attempts, being one of only two schools this season with more than 600 attempts. (Must be something about the letter ‘C,’ since the top three schools in makes all start with ‘C,’ Crowder, Collin County, and Clarendon.)
Entering the game Wednesday night against Top 10 nationally-ranked Moberly, Crowder shot 67.2 percent from the line, with their performances ranging from a 25 for 28 (89.3 percent) on the road against North Arkansas to a couple 50 percent team shooting outings.
In a 66-53 loss to Moberly, it definitely would have benefited Crowder’s cause to have a better free throw shooting night than 19-34 (55.8 percent).
Fouls also hurt Crowder in the fact that seasonal leading scorer Zahria White fouled out with 3 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in the contest and Crowder down 60-49. White finished with six points, around half of her average.
The Crowder bench received a warning for arguing White’s fifth personal.
Moberly improved to 23-0 overall and 6-0 Region 16, while Crowder dropped to 16-7 overall and 3-2 Region 16, 2 1/2 games behind the Lady Greyhounds in the region standings.
Crowder returns to action Saturday at home against North Arkansas. The Lady ‘Riders and the Lady Pioneers tip at 2 p.m. from Bob Sneller Gymnasium. Crowder owns a 9-1 home record. Saturday marks the annual Alumni Day festivities.
In the game Wednesday, Morgan Crawford led Crowder with 12 points and fellow sophomore guard Michaela Mack finished with 10 points for the only Lady ‘Riders in double figures.
Coley Ickes finished with seven points, while Maegan Bandimere and Elle Williams joined White in scoring six points. Alex Vogt and Bethaney Gilkey rounded out the Lady ‘Riders scoring with four and two points, respectively.
Six-foot-2 sophomore center Anisha George scored a game-high 21 points to pace the Lady Greyhounds, who virtually led all evening after the normal early scoreboard jostling. Moberly took a 19-9 lead after one quarter.
Angelica Wiggins and Carnethia Brown contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively.
The Lady Greyhounds are currently ranked No. 6 in the latest NJCAA-I poll and stands as one of three unbeaten teams remaining with No. 1 Shelton State and No. 18 ASA Brooklyn.
— Crowder defeated North Arkansas, ranked No. 8 in the latest NJCAA Division I poll, by a 86-78 score on January 16, the start of the four-game winning streak that was ended Wednesday by Moberly.
The Lady ‘Riders had their best free throw percentage night in that earlier win against North Arkansas. Crowder erased a three-point deficit with a 33-22 advantage in the fourth quarter.
Tori Coulter sparked Crowder with 17 points, highlighted by five 3-point shots. Bandimere enjoyed a solid bench effort with 16 points, six rebounds, and she made all six free throw attempts.
Mack finished with 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while Vogt added 12 points and the Lady ‘Riders had all this production in the absence of White.
Hannah Villines led North Arkansas with a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds. Despite Vllines’ efforts on the glass, Crowder outrebounded North Arkansas 39-27.
NO. 6 MOBERLY 66, CROWDER 53
Crowder 9 15 17 12 — 53
Moberly 19 15 19 13 — 66
CROWDER (16-7, 3-2) — Coley Ickes 7, Tori Coulter 0, Maegan Bandimere 6, Aubrie Ayers 0, Bethaney Gilkey 2, Michaela Mack 10, Morgan Crawford 12, Alex Vogt 4, Elle Williams 6, Zahria White 6.
MOBERLY (23-0, 6-0) — Brianna Perry 2, Jocelyn Taylor 5, Alexis Henry 2, Lunden Harry 4, Carnethia Brown 12, Sentreal Gregory 3, Angelica Wiggins 14, Tr’ElShawn Smith 3, Anisha George 21.
3-point goals — Crowder 4 (Crawford 2, Ickes, Williams), Moberly 3 (Brown, Wiggins, Smith).