The State Fair Lady Roadrunners turned things around in the second half Wednesday to pull away for a 91-64 win over Southeastern Community College at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
SFCC led 48-43 at halftime but opened the third quarter with a 14-3 run following a motivational halftime speech by SFCC coach Kevin Bucher.
“I just threatened that we were going to run bleachers after the ballgame if we didn’t come out and play State Fair basketball,” Bucher said. “I wasn’t very pleased with how we played. We didn’t play hard. We didn’t rebound. We didn’t move. We looked so much crisper, so much sharper and really got after it.”
The Lady Roadrunner defense clamped down in the second half. Southeastern scored 22 points in the first quarter and 21 more in the second before SFCC held them to 12 in the third and nine in the fourth.
The early third quarter run opened with Kiante Johnson hitting a layup. Kendra Boone then added a putback and Ahjana Oakes and Alexis Cowan came through with baskets.
After Jennifer Huggins hit a 3-pointer for Southeastern’s first points of the half, Sierra Clayborn answered with a 3-pointer of her own on the other end.
Johnson led State Fair with 17 points. Cowan added 14. Clayborn and Zhanesha Dickerson each had 11. Cowan also had 10 rebounds. Dickerson had eight. Cowan added eight assists.
Chunita Brackett led Southeastern with 22 points.
“She handles the ball, she shoots the three, she does so much with going hard to the basket,” Bucher said. “We wanted to make sure we did everything we could to cut her off. She’s from a really good program. She’s from the same program as Zhanesha Dickerson. That’s a really good program.”
For the game, State Fair out rebounded Southeastern 52-26 with the Lady Blackhawks managing just seven offensive rebounds. SFCC had a 23-4 edge in second-chance points.
State Fair will head to the Battle on the Border in Joplin this weekend.