The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 2, 2012

NEO women edge Crowder

NEOSHO, Mo. — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M claimed the lead for good late in the game in beating Crowder 59-55 on Saturday in a women’s junior college basketball test.

Crowder lost for only the second time in 12 games. NEO, nationally ranked in NJCAA Division I, improved to 8-2.

Said Crowder coach Tina Robbins: “We played hard and we played well defensively. But we struggled to make shots from the field and from the foul line.”

The Lady ’Riders shot 33 percent from the floor and 55 from the foul line.

NEO, which led 30-23 at the half, received 17 points from 6-foot freshman DeVaughn Gray (Tulsa Washington). Anna Clark and Eliana Fernandez each tallied 11.

Scoring leaders for Crowder were Veronica Amos (12), Terai Sadler (11) and Sarah Sagely (10). Amos added 11 rebounds, Sadler seven boards, Camelia Lacerda seven assists and Amos and Sadler two steals apiece.

Cottey to 5-0

NEVADA, Mo. — The Comets outscored Southwestern Community College of Creston (Iowa) to triumph 46-36 in the Hinkhouse.

Bailey Braden, who hit 7 of 9 shots from the field, sparked Cottey with 14 points and 15 rebounds. She had eight points in the second half. Blaklee Sanders added 10 rebounds and eight points for Cottey.

Southwestern received 12 points from Morgan Knorr.

Cottey travels to Ozark Christian in Joplin on Tuesday.

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