SEDALIA — The Crowder Lady Roughriders took a 78-68 loss in Region 16 play Wednesday night to the State Fair Lady Roadrunners, as they were outscored 48-26 in the second and third quarters.
Crowder dropped to 11-15 overall and 2-4 in Region 16, and the Lady ‘Riders return to action Saturday, weather permitting, at home against Region 16 foe Jefferson. The Lady ‘Riders hold Alumni Day and tip at 2 p.m. Saturday.
State Fair entered Wednesday night having lost 10 of the last 11 games, including a 73-69 loss in January against Crowder at Bob Sneller Gymnasium in Neosho.
On Wednesday night, the teams basically inverted the results from their first game.
State Fair’s 22-point margin from the second and third quarters built a 20-point lead entering the fourth, which Crowder managed to knock 10 points down from in a 24-14 too little, too late fourth for the guests from Neosho.
Crowder sophomore Alex Vogt scored in double figures for the 10th time in 13 games since the beginning of a new calendar year, leading the team with 18 points. Vogt produced a career-high 30 points in a recent win against nationally-ranked Northern Oklahoma-Enid.
Maia Wright finished with 17 points, Maegan Bandimere 15, and Crowder’s seasonal leading scorer Elle Williams just missed double figures with nine points.
The Vogt-Wright-Bandimere-Williams quartet combined for 59 points or nearly 86 percent of Crowder’s points generation Wednesday night.
Wright definitely played right Wednesday night as she recorded a double-double with a monster 16 rebounds and Vogt narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
Aubrie Ayers added four points and Kourtney Shipley had three, as Shipley has knocked down at least one trifecta in 11 of the 13 games this calendar year and in 23 of the 26 games overall her freshman season.
On the season, Shipley’s knocked down 47 3-point shots and she ranked 16th in 3-point percentage in NJCAA Division I entering Wednesday night’s contest.
Meanwhile, Nokoia White produced a game-high 19 points Wednesday for State Fair and other double-digit scorers for the Lady Roadrunners included Jazzmen Elton with 17 and Monique Esbrand with 11 points, the usual State Fair suspects on the scoreboard. Jasmine Williams, Sckiya Banister, and Riana Lawson generated another 18 points with six from each player.
Jefferson enters Saturday’s game against Crowder 6-17 overall and 0-7 Region 16, with losses in nine of the last 10 games for the Lady Vikings.
In the first meeting, Crowder defeated Jefferson 79-66, one of four Crowder road victories thus far this season.
Crowder outscored Jefferson 45-30 in the middle quarters, including 24-7 in the second, and the sophomore duo of Vogt and Williams spearheaded the offensive effort with 21 points apiece. Vogt had seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one blocked shot, while Williams had five rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Wright also enjoyed another solid game with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, and one block.
Jefferson freshman Tyra Brown’s big night of 30 points, four rebounds, three assists, and three steals proved to be not enough and that’s been a common story this season with Brown averaging nearly 16 points per game this season on a team with just a handful of victories.
After Jefferson, Crowder will only have three games remaining in the final week of the regular season — playing at Mineral Area on Monday, at Moberly on Wednesday, and at home against Region 16 first place Three Rivers on next Saturday. At the moment, Three Rivers is ranked No. 24.
STATE FAIR 78, CROWDER 68
Crowder 18 13 13 24 — 68
State Fair 16 27 21 14 — 78
CROWDER (11-15, 2-4) — Thathianna Sysavanh 1, Ashley Reichert 0, Sydney Linny 0, Maegan Bandimere 15, Aubrie Ayers 4, Bethaney Gilkey 1, Maia Wright 17, Kourtney Shipley 3, Alex Vogt 18, Elle Williams 9.
STATE FAIR (6-15, 2-5) — Monique Esbrand 13, Jasmine Williams 6, Sahara Bamba 9, Nokoia White 19, Sckiya Banister 6, Mackenzie Cardenas 2, Jazzmyn Elston 17, Riana Lawson 6.
3-point goals — Crowder 6 (Bandimere 3, Williams 2, Shipley), State Fair 8 (Esbrand 3, Elston 3, Banister, Lawson).