The Lady Roadrunners shooting was cold, then hot, then cold again as they held off Cloud County for an 84-70 win Friday at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
The hot shooting came late in the third quarter and early in the fourth as SFCC built what had been an 11-point lead into a 23-point edge. Mary Ware started the run with a 3-pointer. Thelma “TuTu” Williams added a pair of baskets in the paint and Zhanesha Dickerson converted a 3-point play and scored another basket in the paint moments later to make it 79-56.
But that basket would be the last the Lady Roadrunners would make from the field until Dickerson hit a shot with 30 seconds left in the game as Cloud County turned the 23-point deficit into a 10-point deficit.
“Mainly 3-point, perimeter shooting wasn’t good,” Dickerson said. “So we just feed our posts until our shots came. They fell once in a while, but mainly we were trying to get it in the posts.”
For the game, the Lady Roadrunners hit 39 percent from the field, hitting 33 percent in the second half. SFCC hit 4 of 18, 22 percent, from 3-point range.
“We looked good some times and then all of a sudden we start subbing and we have a let down and from looking good, we can look really bad,” said SFCC coach Kevin Bucher.
Cloud County struggled shooting the ball as well, especially from the free throw line. The Lady T-Birds hit 6 of 16 from the stripe in the first half and 15 of 33, 45 percent, for the game.
“We were very lucky they didn’t hit free throws (Friday),” Bucher said. “We’ll take that. Usually they hit those free throws which would have been a lot closer game.”
State Fair out-rebounded Cloud County 65-43 and had a 26-24 edge in rebounding shots the Lady Roadrunners missed. Seara Clayborn and Kiante Johnson each had 11 rebounds.
“What was consistent was our rebounding,” Bucher said. “This is probably one of the best rebounding jobs that we’ve done. That helped.”
State Fair also turned the ball over 18 times in the game, leading to 11 Cloud County points. Bucher said that though the Lady Roadrunners want to push the tempo, they need to be smarter about it.
“If it’s not there, we’re still pushing it,” he said. “We’re going to get some good shots, but we forced a lot of passes and we can always pull that back. It’s hard to get teams to run in transition and get it going and that’s us. When we get out and run and really get up and down the floor is when our scores really bloom.”
Dickerson finished with 20 points. Alexis Cowan had 11.
Erin Alexander led Cloud County with 17.