Lady ‘Riders basketball win home opener

 By Ryan Land
Sports Editor

The Lady ‘Rider’s basketball team scored a 91-77 win against Labette Community College at Bob Sneller Gymnasium on Nov. 5, marking the first win of the new season.

Crowder would use the first minutes of the game to score the first eight points in the game before Labette scored six points to make the score 8-6. The Lady ‘Riders would tack on 47 more points, while Labette contributed only 23 points before going into the locker room at halftime.

The second half would find Labette with an impressive comeback, although the Lady Cardinals would only be able to come within 13 points of Crowder’s lead throughout the remainder of the night.

“We had a great first half, but was disappointed in our second half,” said Tina Robbins, head women’s basketball coach and physical education instructor. “Overall, a good win for us.”

“It was a great game and a team effort,” said Mariana Silva, freshman #33. “We are so happy and excited for our next game.”

Dorian Briggs, sophomore #5 and Ariana Gallegos, freshman #24, led the scoring with 14 points. Tae’lor Monroe contributed 11 points while Thays Barbosa, freshman #50, Silva, and Courtney Jones, freshman #3, brought in nine points. Katie Hughes, freshman #15, scored seven points, while Tiffany Rhame, freshman #21, finished out the night with five points. Lori Kleir rounded out the scoring with four points.

The Lady ‘Riders are now 1-2 as they will travel to Harrison, Ark. this weekend to participate in the North Arkansas classic. The team will face off against Carl Albert at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 8, and John Wood will be the opponent on Nov. 9, at noon.

The next home game is scheduled for Nov. 11 against Connors State. Game time is slated for 6 p.m.

The Lady ‘Riders previously battled against Connors State on Nov. 2, losing to the Cowboys, 81-71 in a close game in Warner, Okla.

“We’re going into this game with a positive attitude that we know we can do what we need to do to take care of the game this time around,” said Gallegos, a native of Kyle, Texas.

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