The best community college womens basketball teams in Missouri are about to take on the best in Oklahoma.
The State Fair Lady Roadrunners will join fellow Region 16 squads Moberly, Crowder and Three Rivers in the Battle on the Border in Joplin Friday and Saturday. Region 16 teams will be facing Region 2 teams Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, Northeastern A&M, Connors State and Eastern Oklahoma State-Wilburton.
SFCC coach Kevin Bucher is preparing his No. 14 Lady Roadrunners to face Northern Oklahoma-Enid at 2 p.m. on Friday before turning around to face No. 23 Northeastern Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Saturday.
“Those are the two top teams in their region,” Bucher said. “We want to make sure that we take care of business and get ready for that.”
State Fair heads to the tournament 13-1, leading a contingent of Missouri schools who are a combined 34-15. The four Oklahoma schools come in with a combined record of 30-17 including Enid who is 11-2.
“What a way to showcase our region,” Bucher said. “I hope our region gets involved and is excited about helping each other one because I want all of our region teams to beat Oklahoma’s teams.”
The Battle on the Border is a tournament Bucher has been hoping to see happen.
“It’s nice to see that the Oklahoma teams got involved after I sent out emails and the Missouri teams,” he said. “I hope next year we’ll have more teams. It’s two days of all-day basketball and the best teams in Oklahoma and the best teams in Missouri. We’re looking forward to it.”