MARION, Ala. — The Lady Pioneers of Crowley’s Ridge College stole the ball away 14 times on their way to an 82-60 victory over the Judson (Ala.) College Eagles on Tuesday night. The victory pushed the Lady Pioneers to a winning record for the first time this season.
Crowley’s Ridge (5-4) went 6-17 from the floor in the opening quarter, but foul trouble sent the Eagles to the free-throw line often. Judson (0-1) went 5-7 from the charity stripe and ended the first quarter ahead 18-15
The second quarter was just as close as the first where Octavia Lowery and Kianna Hardaway both netted seven points including Lowery’s buzzer-beating field goal to send the Pioneers to the locker room ahead 39-37.
Quarter number three was the turning point for the girls in green seeing CRC outscore JC 19-6 led by freshman Mickayla Smith’s two 3pt FGs to charge into the final quarter ahead 58-43.
Smith continued hitting her shots in the last ten minutes by scoring eight points as Crowley’s Ridge ran away from Judson tallying 24 points in the quarter to end the contest with the 82-60 victory.
Mickayla Smith led the offense for the Lady Pioneers, scoring her season-high of 21 points. The backcourt was fronted by fellow freshman Kianna Hardway, who pulled down her season’s best 17 rebounds added to her 15 points to earn her fourth double-double.
Also in double-digits in scoring was Octavia Lowery’s 19 points and Travia Woodruff who added 13.
The Lady ‘Neers will have 48 hours to rest up before a tough road test against Rust (Miss.) College. The Lady Bearcats received votes in the latest NAIA women’s basketball poll. The doubleheader scheduled today (January 21) begins with the women tipping off at 5 p.m. and the men immediately after at 7 p.m.