Lady Roadrunners Split at Fisher's Tech Invitational
December 4, 2013By John Morris of STATE FAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The Lady Roadrunners lost their first game but won the second at the Fisher's Tech Invitational Nov. 29-30 in Twin Falls, Idaho.
SFCC (5-6) took on the fifth-ranked College of Southern Idaho Lady Golden Eagles on Friday. The Lady Roadrunners took control of a back-and-forth first half and led 42-33 at halftime. Sophomore guard Antoinette Taylor scored 15 of her team-high 29 points in the first half.
“We started to slow our offense down a little bit and made Southern Idaho work on the defensive end,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “We also rebounded well during that stretch of the game.”
SFCC pushed its advantage to 16 points with 15 minutes remaining. The Lady Golden Eagles went on an 18-6 run to cut SFCC’s advantage to one point. The lead went back and forth throughout the remainder of the half. Sophomore forward Sydonia Daniels scored back-to-back baskets to put SFCC up by three points. Southern Idaho answered with a three-point shot to tie the game at 80.
The Lady Roadrunners got the ball with 42.5 seconds remaining and a chance to take the lead. However, Southern Idaho forced a jump ball. The Lady Golden Eagles had an opportunity to win the game on the final possession of regulation, but the shot was missed to force overtime.
Taylor knocked down a three-point shot to give her team a lead in the overtime period. Southern Idaho fought back to take a five-point lead with about two minutes remaining in the extra session.
The Lady Roadrunners cut the deficit to one point at 88-87. Freshman center Alecia Cooley splashed home a turnaround jumper to give her team a one-point advantage. Southern Idaho got the basketball with six seconds remaining. The Lady Roadrunners’ defense denied the inbound pass and forced Southern Idaho to call a timeout. The Lady Golden Eagles inbounded the ball after the timeout and missed the first shot. The officials called a rebounding foul on SFCC. Southern Idaho stepped to the free-throw line with no time remaining on the clock and made a pair of free throws to emerge with a 90-89 win.
Sophomore forward Asia Mosley contributed 12 points for SFCC and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Cooley added 11 points. Sophomore guard/forward Apiphany Woods pitched in with 10 points and a team-high six steals. Taylor dished out a team-high six assists.
“It was one of the better games I’ve been a part of,” said Bucher. “It was everything we were hoping it would be. We had every opportunity to win the game.”
The Lady Roadrunners bounced back on Saturday to defeat the Treasure Valley Community College Chukars from Ontario, Ore., in the final round of the Classic 80-62.
“When you travel that far you want least one win,” said Bucher. “We knew we had a height advantage. We started playing better and improving our skills. We were able to jump out early on Treasure Valley and pull away. ”
Woods led four Lady Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 17 points and contributed 12 rebounds. Daniels registered 16 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. Cooley added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Mosley pitched in with 11 points and eight rebounds. Taylor led her team with six assists and seven steals and also added five points.
The Lady Roadrunners return to action at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 when they take on Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Ark.