The Lady Roadrunners jumped in front early and cruised to an 83-46 win over Central Community College on Saturday at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
After a free throw put Central up 4-2, State Fair went on a 15-0 run. Sierra Clayborn drove in to start the run, then Alexis Cowan added a steal and a layup to put State Fair in front for good. Cowan added a jumper and a 3-pointer in the run as well.
“We just wanted to put a lot of our speed, a lot of our pressure on,” said State Fair coach Kevin Bucher. “I didn’t think they had the depth and they had a couple of players who have the speed and they’re the main shooters too, so we wanted to contain them. I thought we did a great job with those two.”
By the end of the first quarter, the Lady Roadrunners were up 22-8. By halftime it was 45-12 after they held the Lady Raiders to four points in the second quarter. A 3-pointer from Ahjana Oakes in the fourth quarter gave State Fair its largest lead of the game, 79-36.
Cowan finished with 17 points, hitting 6 of 11 from the field. Seven of her points came in the first five minutes of the game.
“I sat three sophomores that have been starting for us, we went with a different rotation and it’s a lot of our speed there at the very beginning,” Bucher said. “What’s nice about that is then we have fire power that comes in with Zhanesha (Dickerson), TuTu (Williams) and Ece (Yurdakul). All three of them I thought played really well when they came off the bench.”
Dickerson came off the bench to score 15 points, hitting 5 of 8 from the field. She also grabbed six rebounds. Yurdakul had 10 points. Williams was held scoreless but pulled in six rebounds.
State Fair will host Butler on Monday.