The Crowder College Lady Roughriders, looking to defend its Region XVI title, will be the top seed in this weekend's Region XVI at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.


The Crowder College Lady Roughriders, looking to defend its Region XVI title, will be the top seed in this weekend's Region XVI at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.

The tournament starts Friday with four teams playing in the double elimination tournament. The Lady Roughriders face No. 4 seed Three Rivers at 10 a.m.

Crowder is 32-23 overall and had a 7-1 record in Region XVI play.

The next game features No. 2 seed  Jefferson College and No. 3 seeded North Central Missouri College at noon.

The losers of the first two games play at 2 p.m. and the winners of the first two games play at 4 p.m. The winner of the ‘losers’ game and the loser of the 'winners' game is at 6 p.m.

The tournament concludes Saturday with the championship game at noon and, if necessary, a winner-take-all game at 2 p.m.

The winner of this region advances to face the Iowa Regional winner May 1-2 in Iowa.

Last year, Crowder won Region XVI, before falling to Iowa Western at home in the district playoffs.