From staff reports
NEOSHO, Mo. —
The Crowder College Lady ’Riders, fueled by Chloe Nichols, hiked their basketball record to 6-1 by beating LSU-Eunice 94-71 in the Don Wilson Classic on Friday night.
North Arkansas of Harrison defeated Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa 92-50 in the first game.
Today’s schedule in Bob Sneller Gymnasium is LSU-Eunice vs. North Ark at 1 p.m. and Crowder vs. Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa at 3.
Nichols, who prepped at Oktaha (Okla.), scored 23 points — a career best — and grabbed 11 rebounds. The 5-foot-10 sophomore sank nine of 15 shots from the field.
Crowder, which extended a 41-33 halftime lead, received a triple-double from freshman point guard Camila Lacerda (16 points, 11 boards, 10 assists).
Caprese Marshall added 18 points for Crowder, Sarah Sagely 13 and Seleena Neal 10.
Elisavet Politopoulou, a 5-7 sophomore from Athens, Greece, tallied 16 for LSU-Eunice and 5-11 freshman Meghan Cross scored 15.
North Ark, which led 42-23 at the half, received 18 points from Jaimie Villines and 17 from Destiny Prochaska.
Cottey 70, Fort Scott 51
NEVADA, Mo. — Bailey Braden’s 16 points paced four players in double figures as Cottey hiked its record to 3-0.
Braden netted 10 points and Petra Stankovic eight in the first half to lead the Comets to a 34-20 halftime advantage.
Blaklee Sanders added 13 points — nine in the second half — for Cottey, and Dayna Turnbull and Stankovic had 11 and 10, respectively.
Burgandie Lewis captured game honors with 17 points for Fort Scott, and Erika McKenzie added 12.
Cottey has another home game Monday against the Missouri Valley junior varsity.
OCC women lose
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — The Ambassadors lost 75-32 to Rhema Bible despite a strong effort by Sarah Rhodes.
Rhodes, from Miami, scored 17 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and blocked six shots.
Jamie Davis had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Rhema Bible. The winner led 38-16 at the half.