The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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February 24, 2013

Crowder holds off rallying Three Rivers

SENECA, Mo. — Crowder College wrapped up its regular season in basketball by beating Three Rivers 72-65 in an NJCAA Division I Region 16 game on Saturday.

Crowder, which led 38-27 at the half, increased the advantage to “18 or 20 points,”  Lady ’Rider coach Tina Robbins said. But just about all of those points were needed before Three Rivers yielded, she said.

“They, in fact, may have gone ahead by a point,” she said. “I’m sure they tied it up.

“I know Dorian Briggs hit a big 3 (in Crowder’s closing flurry),” Robbins said. “Veronica Amos scored on a putback. Camila Lacerda and Terai Sadler hit free throws down the stretch.”

Crowder (25-5, 9-1) is seeded No. 1 and has a bye for the Region 16 playoffs this weekend at Three Rivers in Poplar Bluff. Crowder on Friday will play Mineral Area or State Fair at 5 p.m. and No. 2 Moberly will play Three Rivers (3) or Jefferson (6) at 7 in the second semifinal.

The title will be determined at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Sadler, who sank 15 of 16 free throws, tallied 23 and joined Chloe Nichols with seven rebounds. Lacerda added 14 points, nine assists and five steals. Caprese Marshall netted 11 points and three steals and Amos, returning from the disabled list, had eight points and six boards.

Erin Bollmann tallied 16 for Three Rivers. Anna Vogt and Marissa Webb added 14 points apiece.

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