Lady ‘Riders fall to Three Rivers

Tiffany Rhame, freshman #21, attempts to score some game points for the Lady 'Riders during the game against Three Rivers on Jan. 18.

Photo by Jesse O. Walls | Photographer. Tiffany Rhame, freshman #21, attempts to score some game points for the Lady ‘Riders during the game against Three Rivers on Jan. 18.

Ryan Land
Sports Editor

The Lady ‘Riders hosted Three Rivers for the Region 16 home opener on Jan. 18, but fell to the Lady ‘Raiders, 89-75.

Within five seconds of tipoff, Three Rivers would score the first two points of the game. The Lady ‘Riders would answer back 30 seconds later with two points added to the scoreboard by Ariana Gallegos, freshman #24. Two free throw shots from Three Rivers’ Anna Vogt would give the Lady ‘Raiders a 4-2 lead with 18:53 to go in the first half.

With a strong defense, Three Rivers would use the power of turnovers, as well as free throw shots to keep Crowder behind on the score board throughout the remainder of the first half.

The two teams went into their separate locker rooms at halftime with a 51-34 deficit.

After halftime, Gallegos opened up the second half, scoring two points before the Lady ‘Raiders scored three more points, making the score 54-36, only a minute into the second half. Soon after, Courtney Jones, freshman #3, would go on to score six of her game high 17 points with two back-to-back three-point shots, making the score 54-42, just shy of 18 minutes to play.

Crowder and Three Rivers would continue to trade possession of the ball throughout the second half, with Crowder coming within six points to the lead with 7:57 left on the play clock. That would be the closest the Lady ‘Riders would come to the lead before the end of the game, as Three Rivers went on to score their 13th win of their season.

Gallegos and Jones would both score 17 points in the game, while Dorian Briggs, sophomore #5, contributed 15 points. Mariana Silva, freshman #33, scored 12 points, while Tiffany Rhame, freshman #21, brought home eight points. Katie Hughes, freshman #15, Thays Barbosa, freshman #50, and Lori Kleier, freshman #22, each contributed two points.

With the loss, the Lady ‘Riders currently stand 7-13 for the season, as they hit the road on Jan. 22 to take on State Fair in Sedalia, Mo. at 5:30 p.m., before returning home to host Jefferson College for homecoming/alumni day. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m., while the annual alumni game is scheduled to begin shortly after the conclusion of the homecoming game.

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