The Crowder Lady Roughriders dropped to 11-14 overall and 2-3 Region 16 after their 65-56 loss Saturday afternoon to Mineral Area at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.
Mineral Area, who earned its sixth consecutive win to improve to 18-5 overall, outscored Crowder 41-24 in the middle quarters (20-10 in the second, 21-14 in the third). The Lady Cardinals went on a 16-2 run to end the third quarter and a 20-2 run overall to take a 58-38 lead early in the fourth.
Crowder led 14-13 after one quarter, but Mineral Area took the lead back for good with the first seven points of the second. The Lady ‘Riders made it a 38-36 game in the third after eight straight points, including Maegan Bandimere and Sydney Linny 3-point baskets.
Kourtney Shipley and Bandimere led Crowder with 12 and 11 points, respectively, and Shipley made all her points from 3-point baskets. Sydney Linny provided eight points off the bench, highlighted by a pair of trifectas, while Alex Vogt added seven and Maia Wright six points.
Wright led Crowder with nine rebounds and Vogt had five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocked shots to go with her seven points. Bethaney Gilkey had four points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal, while Linny added four rebounds.
Mineral Area’s Lainey Bell entered Saturday’s contest averaging just over three points per game in 16 games played this season.
Bell scored a game-high 25 points Saturday and hit four 3-point shots.
Bell eclipsed her previous season high of 16 points back in late November against Arkansas Baptist. That was her career high before Saturday.
If Bell was a pleasant surprise for Mineral Area, then Holly Forbes represented an usual suspect, as the Lady Cardinals’ seasonal leading scorer added 18 points Saturday.
Crowder returns to action Wednesday night on the road in Region 16 play against State Fair, a team Crowder dispatched 73-69 in their first meeting this season at Bob Sneller.
In that contest, Crowder used a 24-11 fourth quarter to get past State Fair, who outscored Crowder 48-32 in the middle quarters. Crowder outscored State Fair 41-21 in the first and fourth quarters.
Vogt led Crowder with 20 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds and her other efforts included five assists and two blocks. Kourtney Shipley hit for 15 points, highlighted by four 3-point shots, and Elle Williams added 10 points.
Jazzmyn Elston and Monique Esbrand led State Fair with 22 and 19 points, respectively, hitting nine 3-point shots between them.
MINERAL AREA 65, CROWDER 56
Mineral Area 13 20 21 11 — 65
Crowder 14 10 14 18 — 56
MINERAL AREA (18-5, 5-1) — Masyn McWilliams 6, Keanna Williams 4, Natalia Lalic 4, Caitlyn Holmes 4, Lainey Bell 25, Rionne Papa 4, Holly Forbes 18.
CROWDER (11-14, 2-3) — Thathianna Sysavanh 0, Ashley Reichert 2, Sydney Linny 8, Maegan Bandimere 11, Aubrie Ayers 4, Bethaney Gilkey 4, Maia Wright 6, Kourtney Shipley 12, Alex Vogt 7, Elle Williams 2.
3-point goals — Mineral Area 4 (Bell), Crowder 7 (Shipley 4, Linny 2, Bandimere).