The Crowder Lady Roughriders failed to reach 21 wins and took a 59-52 loss Wednesday night at Bob Sneller Gymnasium to unbeaten Moberly.
Crowder stayed with Moberly all night and in fact, the Lady 'Riders played Moberly closer than anybody has since December. Moberly, 28-0 on the season, had a 80-78 win over Wabash Valley on November 24 and a 64-60 win over Johnson County on December 2.
On Wednesday night, Crowder trailed Moberly 39-37 entering the fourth quarter and the upset was in full sight.
Moberly outscored Crowder 20-15 in the final quarter. Crowder played even with Moberly in the middle quarters, 13-all in the second and 14-all in the third.
Crowder honored its sophomores Zahria White, Morgan Crawford, Coley Ickes, Tori Coulter, and Michaela Mack on their final home games.
White led the Lady 'Riders with 14 points, while Crawford had 12, Ickes 10, Coulter six, and Mack four. Mack also dished out three assists. Crawford, Coulter, and Ickes proved responsible for all six of Crowder's 3-point shots, with Crawford and Coulter good for three and two treys, respectively.
Crowder's sophomores scored all but six of the team's 52 points.
Alex Vogt produced six points and eight rebounds for the Lady 'Riders, while Maegan Bandimere came through with four steals.
Anisha George led three Greyhounds in double figures with 14 points, followed by Angelica Wiggins with 12 and Sentreal Gregory 10.
Crowder entered Wednesday with a 12-1 home record and 10 straight wins. Moberly ended that streak.
Crowder, 20-8 overall and 6-3 Region 16, wraps up regular season play Saturday on the road against Three Rivers.
Crowder dispatched Three Rivers 91-73 in their earlier meeting this season. The stats were impressive for Crowder, at least offensively.
Coulter led the Lady 'Riders with 19 points in that contest, behind five 3-point shots. Ickes added 16 points, three rebounds, and four assists, and proved clutch at the stripe with a 10 for 11 performance. White nearly had a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds. Vogt had 16 points and six rebounds. Mack had nine points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and four steals.
Crowder made 30-46 from the line, while Three Rivers attempted only 19 free throws.
The Lady 'Riders have ranked among the nation's best in free throws made and attempted the entire season.
Saturday will be an important game for both teams, since Crowder and Three Rivers are separated by a mere game in the Region 16 standings.
With a win Saturday, Crowder will earn the No. 2 seed and a first round bye in the six-team Region 16 tournament.
With a loss Saturday, Crowder — after tiebreaker criteria — could receive the No. 3 seed and then play winless in Region 16 play Jefferson.
Moberly wrapped up the top seed.
MOBERLY 59, CROWDER 52
Moberly 12 13 14 20 — 59
Crowder 10 13 14 15 — 52
MOBERLY (28-0, 9-0) — Brianna Perry 6, Jocelyn Joyce 8, Alexis Henry 9, Sentreal Gregory 10, Angelica Wiggins 12, Anisha George 14.
CROWDER (20-8, 6-3) — Coley Ickes 10, Tori Coulter 6, Maegan Bandimere 0, Bethaney Gilkey 0, Michaela Mack 4, Morgan Crawford 12, Alex Vogt 6, Zahria White 14.
3-point goals — Moberly 5 (Gregory 3, Perry, Wiggins), Crowder 6 (Crawford 3, Coulter 2, Ickes).