Lady Hoopsters Advance To Region Title Game
Yavapai has 7 players in double figures
The Lady Rider basketball team advances to the NJCAA Region I Championship Game on Friday after an overtime victory over visiting Cochise College tonight in the Storm Center, 95-91. That is the second time this season that these two teams have gone into overtime and in both instances, Yavapai has come out on top. Waiting for the Roughriders is Central Arizona College, who had a bye in the first round.
With 2:14 remaining in the first and the game tied at 34, Cochise player, Erin Murphy went down with a badly broken ankle. After emergency personnel arrived and saw to the situation, Cochise went on a 7-2 run to take a 41-36 lead into intermission.
The Lady Apaches extended their lead to 12 points shortly after the half, but the Lady Riders showed their resiliency and eventually went on top by five. However, the opponent would not roll over and at the end of regulation the score was all knotted up at 80. Yavapai seized control in the overtime to advance to the title game.
YC had 7 players in double figures led by Ebony Ward with 19 points, six rebounds and three assists. Paris Dunford had 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. ACCAC Player of the Year Tehani Goldsmith was held to 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Rachael Beck came off of the bench to hit 13 points including three 3-pointers. Kellie Snyder had a double-double with 12 points and twelve rebounds and three assists. Taameka Pruitt and Jonisha Carson each chipped in 10 points. Pruitt nabbed 7 caroms and Carson had three assists and four steals.
The Roughriders travel to Coolidge on Friday, March 7th to face the #1 Central Arizona College Vaqueras for the right to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in Salinas, KS. CAC swept the Lady Riders this year in both meetings. The game will be played on the campus of Central Arizona College and will tip-off at 7:30 PM.