The Crowder Lady Roughriders had victory No. 11 overall and No. 7 in Region 16 play within their grasp Saturday afternoon against tied for first place Three Rivers at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.

The Crowder Lady Roughriders had victory No. 11 overall and No. 7 in Region 16 play within their grasp Saturday afternoon against tied for first place Three Rivers at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.
Crowder took a 56-43 lead on the strength of a 13-0 run in the third quarter and led 59-47 after a Morgan Crawford 3-point shot.
Three Rivers then scored the last six points of the third quarter and the first seven of the fourth for its own 13-0 run and 60-59 lead.
Three Rivers outscored Crowder 35-12 and 29-12 in the fourth en route to a 82-71 win.
Crowder (10-20 overall, 6-4 Region 16) will be the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Region 16 Tournament — the Lady ‘Riders will host Jefferson (11-18, 0-10) in a play-in game Tuesday at Bob Sneller. The Lady ‘Riders and the Lady Vikings tip at 7 p.m.
Three Rivers played down the stretch like it had a Region 16 regular season title and No. 1 seed in the upcoming postseason tournament on the line. Sure enough, they earned both and the Lady Pirates finished the regular season 22-7 overall and 8-2 Region 16. Three Rivers entered Saturday on a two-game skid, while Crowder had won two straight.
Early in the third quarter Saturday, a pair of Joya Smith baskets earned Three Rivers tie scores at 41-all and 43-all, respectively.
That’s when Crowder went on its 13-0 run. It all started with a Brooke Sagely basket, and then Crawford, Coley Ickes and Kadesha Cooper each hit 3-point shots, with a Sydney Brinlee hoop providing the other two points in the run.
Three Rivers’ Ge’Naisha Robinson split a pair of free throws to end the run and Michael Everhart hit a three to get the lead into single-digits.
Crawford’s trifecta was the last Crowder basket for quite some time.
Jalisa Smith — the other J.S. big for Three Rivers that gave Crowder fits all game — scored four straight and Everhart closed out the third with a basket, Crowder up 59-53 entering the fourth.
Three Rivers collected the first seven points of the fourth on two Markeia Porter free throws, an Everhart 3-point shot and a Robinson basket.
Robinson’s basket gave Three Rivers its first lead in a long time, but it would be short-lived as Crawford ended the 13-0 with a basket.
However, Three Rivers then scored the next nine points for a 69-61 lead, capping off a 22-2 stretch rough on the Lady Roughriders.
Joya Smith and Olivia Crane made interior baskets, Camdyn McDaniel hit a three and Robinson scored again for the eight-point lead.
Ickes ended the 9-0 with a trifecta of her own, but Everhart hit a three right back on the other end.
Zahria White free throws and a Cooper trifecta gave Crowder a five-point deficit until Three Rivers scored the next eight points over a 50-second stretch, with Holmes free throws, a Destiney Williams split, an old-fashioned three-point play by Robinson and two Joya Smith free throws.
Everhart led Three Rivers with 18 points, while Robinson had 13, Joya Smith 12 and Crane 10. Destiney Williams also picked up eight points. Everhart hit four 3-point shots to lead the Lady Raiders.
Cooper scored a game-high 21 points and the school's all-time leading 3-point shooter knocked down four on Sophomore Night. She added four rebounds, one assist and two steals, and scored her 21 points in 20 minutes of playing time.
Crawford added 16 points, Sagely 13 points and five rebounds, and Ickes stuffed her stat sheet with 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. White scored only two points on those late free throws, but grabbed 10 rebounds and had a steal and a block before fouling out late in the contest.
Crowder's sophomores honored before the game were Cooper, Ickes, Sagely, Roana Paterson and Alissa Rowden.
Crowder swept Jefferson during their two regular season meetings, 73-72 in Hillsboro and 81-59 in Neosho.
In the first meeting, Crowder only played seven but all seven scored at least eight points and nobody scored more than White and Coulter's 12 points each. Ickes and Michaela Mack each had 11, Sagely added 10, Crawford had nine and Cooper had eight. White notched a double-double with 10 rebounds and Sagely came close with eight boards, while Cooper added four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
In the second meeting, Brinlee recorded a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds, and blocked six shots. Cooper added 19 points and six rebounds, while Sagely picked up 11 points, six rebounds and three steals.

Three Rivers      16 22 15 29 — 82
Crowder           21 20 18 12 — 71
THREE RIVERS (22-7, 8-2) — Joya Smith 12, DeNayia Holmes 5, Markier Porter 6, Destiney Williams 8, Ge'Naisha Robinson 13, Michael Everhart 18, Camdyn McDaniel 5, Olivia Crane 10, Jalisa Smith 5.
CROWDER (10-20, 6-4) — Coley Ickes 4-6 0-0 10, Michaela Mack 0-5 0-0 0, Brooke Sagely 5-9 2-2 13, Morgan Crawford 6-12 2-3 16, Zahria White 0-6 2-2 2, Roana Paterson 0-3 0-0 0, Tori Coulter 1-4 0-0 3, Sydney Brinlee 2-7 0-0 4, Alissa Rowden 1-4 0-0 2, Kadesha Cooper 7-15 3-4 21. Totals: 26-71 9-11 71.
3-point shots — Three Rivers 7 (Everhart 4, Crane 2, McDaniel), Crowder 10 (Cooper 4, Crawford 2, Ickes 2, Coulter, Sagely).

Team                      Region 16         Overall
Three Rivers        8-2                  22-7
State Fair              8-2                  19-8
Crowder                6-4                  10-20
Moberly                 5-5                  23-7
Mineral Area        3-7                   13-15
Jefferson              0-10                 11-18

Saturday's games
Moberly 74, Jefferson 55
State Fair 80, Mineral Area 68
Three Rivers 82, Crowder 71

Tuesday's games
5) Mineral Area (13-15) at 4) Moberly (23-7), 7 p.m.
6) Jefferson (11-18) at 3) Crowder (10-20), 7 p.m.

Friday's games
at Jason Gym, Jefferson City
Semifinal No. 1, 1) Three Rivers (22-7) vs. 4-5 winner, 1 p.m.
Semifinal No. 2, 2) State Fair (19-8) vs. 3-6 winner, 3 p.m.

Saturday's game
at Jason Gym, Jefferson City
Championship, 6 p.m.