The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Sports

January 30, 2013

Crowder set to battle Moberly

NEVADA, Mo. — Crowder College has a tough assignment tonight in women’s basketball.

The Moberly Area Community College Greyhounds visit for a 6 p.m. game in Bob Sneller Gymnasium.

Crowder is 18-4 overall and 4-0 against NJCAA Division I Region 16 opponents that determine seedings for the postseason playoffs. Moberly is 17-5, 2-2.

“We anticipate it will be a tough game,” Crowder coach Tina Robbins said Tuesday. “Every region game is tough.

“We’ve seen Moberly on film,” Robbins said. “Coach (Chad) Killinger has several new players.”

Killinger, who’s in his second season as head coach, said that 6-foot sophomore Shanevian Holden (Columbus, Ohio) is averaging 10 points. Brittany Rowell, a 6-0 freshman (Mullins, S.C.), is averaging nearly six rebounds.

Crowder fun

Saturday will be “Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day” as well as “Alumni Day” as the Neosho-based Lady ’Riders entertain Jefferson College of Hillsboro at 2 p.m.

Former Crowder players will be recognized at halftime. Alumni will take to the court after the Crowder-Jefferson game.

Drawings for prizes will be held for faculty and staff in attendance.

Women’s basketball at Crowder officially began in 1975, according to Crowder director of public information Cindy Brown. There was a team in 1974 that played a few games to get a feel for the level of interest in starting the program, Brown said.

Cottey triumphs

The Nevada-based Comets hiked their record to 12-1 by winning 56-53 in overtime last Thursday night at Hesston (Kan.).

Cottey rallied from a 35-23 halftime deficit. It was 50-50 entering the overtime.

The Comets survived dismal shooting from the field. They sank 1 of 14 shots from 3 and 15 of 71 overall for 22.1 percent. But the Comets sank 25 of 37 free throws.

“Our defense sustained us down the stretch,” Cottey coach Dave Ketterman said. “We made a switch to an all-guard lineup that picked up the defense.

“Blaklee (Sanders) did a good job taking the ball to the rim to draw fouls (she was 11 of 15 from the line),” Ketterman said. “Free throws were to our advantage. We didn’t finish well (from the field).”

Sanders also grabbed 13 rebounds. Dayna Turnbull scored 16 points.

The Comets visit North Central Missouri College of Trenton tonight for a Division II Region 16 test. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

“We have to shoot the ball better,” Ketterman said. “North Central plays very well at home. They recently beat Moberly and lost by only nine points to Crowder.”

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