Lady Hoopsters Secure Playoff Spot
The Lady Rider basketball team earned a playoff spot Saturday evening with a 65-50 victory over Cochise College in the Storm Center. The loss knocks Cochise (11-15) out of the playoff hunt and guarantees a spot for Yavapai. YC improves to 16-9 overall and 14-4 in conference action.
Once again, the Riders had to come back from a halftime deficit. Cochise led going into intermission 39-28. However, stingy Roughrider defense limited the Apaches to only 11 second half points. The opponent was held to a dismal 32% shooting from the field while YC shot 44%. The Roughriders won the battle of the boards grabbing 51 caroms compared to 30 for Cochise.
Julianne Forte` led the team with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 steals. Lerrin Cook scored 14 points with 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Kira DeMorales recorded yet another double double with 12 points and 13 rebounds to go with 3 steals and 5 blocks.
Yavapai returns to the hardwood on Wednesday, February 17th at Eastern Arizona College. In their previous meeting, YC dismantled the Gila Monsters, 92-72. Tip-off will be at 5:30 PM.