By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
NEOSHO, Mo. —
Crowder utilized two impressive defensive stands as well as a late basket to subdue Moberly 51-50 in an NJCAA Division I Region 16 basketball showdown on Wednesday night.
The 25th-ranked Lady ’Riders improved to 19-4 and 5-0 against regional opponents.
The Greyhounds, who entertain Crowder on Feb. 20, slipped to 17-6, 2-3.
Said Crowder coach Tina Robbins: “Our defense was solid the entire game. Holding them to 50 points ... that’s pretty good.”
Guard Kelsey Williams’ driving layup gave Moberly a 50-47 lead with 1:22 left in the contest in Bob Sneller Gymnasium.
But Crowder retaliated quickly on Caprese Marshall’s two free throws at 1:13.
The Crowder defense then locked down.
First, the Lady ’Riders forced Moberly into a clock violation to give possession to Crowder at 42.2. Robbins called time and afterward Crowder attacked quickly off a pattern with Marshall feeding Terai Sadler for a layup with about 33 seconds left to create the final score.
Then, after Moberly coach Chad Killinger called time, the Greyhounds took over at 26.8. But an off-balance, short jumper under pressure, as the clock wound down, was all they could muster.
“We finished the game strong,” Robbins said. “Give Moberly credit. They played hard. They seemed to answer each of our baskets. Moberly definitely got after us on defense.”
Sarah Sagely, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, and 5-11 classmate Sadler finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively, for Crowder. Marshall, a 5-7 veteran, and 5-8 freshman Dorian Briggs added nine and eight points.
Moberly received 16 points from 5-7 freshman Williams and 11 from 5-7 veteran Angel Woods.
Crowder hit just 31.3 percent from the field and trailed 33-19 in rebounding. But Crowder had fewer turnovers — 25-15 — and sank 18 of 22 free throws to 9 of 11 for Moberly.
Moberly built a 16-9 lead in the first half before eight straight free throws and two baskets by Sadler boosted Crowder ahead 23-22 at intermission.
Jefferson College visits Crowder at 2 p.m. Saturday. An alumni game will follow the meeting of region foes.