NEA NAIA Roundup (1/7/21)

NEA NAIA Roundup (1/7/21)
Williams Baptist splits with Lindenwood-Belleville Crowley's Ridge College men fall to Lincoln College. (Source: SOURCE: KAIT)

Williams Baptist, Lyon, & Crowley’s Ridge all swept basketball doubleheaders on Thursday.

Williams Baptist (Men) 61, William Woods 59

The Eagles defeated the William Woods Owls 61-59 for their first conference win of the 2020-21 season in a game that went down to the wire.

The Eagles had a slow start to the game that saw them facing a 32-26 deficit at halftime. The Eagles were able to make strides at the beginning of the second half, but could never find a way to take the lead. In fact, the Eagles weren’t able to take the lead until there was 2:17 left in the game, when Shackeel Butters hit two free throws that gave them a one-point lead.

The Owls took a one-point lead off a pair of free-throws of their own moments later. Then Butters hit a basket to give the Eagles the lead again with .19 seconds left. On the next defensive possession, Nash Davis was able to draw a charge to give the Eagles the ball back. Upon inbounds, Davis was fouled and went to the line for two shots, where he made one to give the Eagels a two point lead. The Eagles were able to force a turnover from the Owls to end the game.

Cortez King led all scorers with 20 points. Shackeel Butters was also in double figures with 16 points. Butters was also one rebound away from a double-double.

The Eagles next travel to Hannibal, Mo., to take on conference opponent Hannibal-LaGrange on Saturday, Jan. 9. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m.

Williams Baptist (Women) 76, William Woods 54

The Williams Baptist Lady Eagles opened AMC conference play with a dominating win over the William Woods Owls, 76-54, on Tuesday night.

The Lady Eagles had a slow start to game, falling behind by as much as six points in the first quarter, but they woke up in the second quarter when they outscored the Owls 25-5 to really take control of the game. The second quarter was fueled in part with the Lady Eagles hitting 5 three-pointers, four coming Reesa Hampton. Hampton finished as the game’s leading scorer with 19 points off the bench.

The Lady Eagles continued to dominate the Owls in the second half and it was never close the rest of the way en route to their conference opening win.

The Lady Eagles had four players in double figures, including Hampton. Tasia Bland (SR/Raleigh, Tenn.) had 13 points as a starter, while Cassidy Clayton (FR/Walnut Ridge, Ark.) had 12 and Sharisa Kimble (JR/Clarksville, Ten.) had 10 coming off the bench.

Kimble, Hampton, and Clayton all led the team with 6 boards.

The Lady Eagles continue in AMC Conference play as they travel to Hannibal, Mo., to take on Hannibal-LaGrange on Saturday, Jan. 9. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m.

#23 Lyon (Women) 68, Hannibal-LaGrange 52

After a premature ending to the 2019-20 season and a delayed start to the 2020-21 campaign, the 23rd-ranked Lyon College women’s basketball team finally returned to action on Thursday night. Senior Jade Giron scored a career-high 33 points to help the Scots earn a 68-52 win at Hannibal-LaGrange.

Giron’s 33 points were four shy of tying K.K. Hodges’ single-game record of 37, which she scored for the Scots on Feb. 9, 2008.

Giron found her groove right from the opening tip as she scored five of the Scots’ first seven points of the game. Later in the quarter, Giron connected on a three-pointer that gave Lyon a 15-5 lead with 3:21 left in the period. HLGU managed to cut the deficit to single-digits as a jumper by Emma Anderson put the score at 17-11 in favor of Lyon after the first quarter.

A three-pointer by Mari-Hanna Newsom opened up a 9-0 run for the Scots midway through the second quarter as Giron connected on three straight buckets during the stretch. The Scots held onto a double-digit lead the rest of the quarter and led 36-26 at the half.

HLGU pulled back within six points at the 5:09 mark of the third quarter but a pair of free throws by Blysse Harmon and another three by Newsom pushed the Scots lead back to double-digits.

The Scots’ lead grew to as many as 19 during the fourth quarter as a jumper by Haley Wesley gave Lyon a 59-40 advantage. The Lady Trojans attempted one final comeback and pulled back within nine with 1:25 remaining, but Giron put the game out of reach as she scored the final seven points of the contest.

Freshmen Newsom and Paige Kelley also finished in double figures scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Scots will now travel to St. Louis to take on Missouri Baptist in another AMC contest on Saturday at 1 p.m. Fans will not be allowed at Saturday’s game at MBU.

Lyon (Men) 75, Hannibal-LaGrange 50

The Lyon College men’s basketball team started out on a 6-0 run and pushed its lead to double-digits within the first five minutes of the game as the Scots cruised to a 75-50 American Midwest Conference victory at Hannibal-LaGrange.

The Scots improved to 1-2 (1-0 AMC), while HLGU fell to 1-8 (0-1 AMC).

Lyon led, 17-5, just five minutes into the game following a three-pointer by Grant Patterson before a four-point play by David Brown cut the lead to eight for the Scots. That would be the last time the Scots’ lead would be in single-digits the rest of the way, however. Ray Price answered with a three-pointer that pushed the lead back to double-digits.

Lyon extended its lead to 39-19 late in the first half after a layup by Zalek Sharp as the Scots took a 43-34 advantage into halftime.

Cole Anderson opened up an 8-0 run for the Scots to start the second half before Lyon took its largest lead of the game at 61-31 following a three-pointer by Sharp just moments later. Lyon cruised the rest of the way and earned a 25-point win in their first conference game of the season.

Four Scots – Price (13), Faris Verlasevic (12), Winston Peace (11) and Anderson (10) – all finished in double figures scoring. The Scots had their best game of the season shooting from beyond the arc as the Scots finished 11-of-21 from three.

Lyon limited HLGU to just 34.1% shooting from the field and 17.6% from three.

The Scots will continue their road trip and travel to St. Louis to take on Missouri Baptist in another AMC contest on Saturday at 3 p.m. Fans will not be allowed at Saturday’s game at MBU.

Crowley’s Ridge (Men) 100, Welch 94

In a back and forth track meet of a game the Pioneers of Crowley’s Ridge College pulled out a 100-94 win over Welch College (0-3). The score was tied seven times and there were eight lead changes before CRC (5-11) finally pulled away for the win.

Five Pioneers scored in double figures. C.J. Maxwell and Braeden Williams led the Pioneers with 22 points each and Montrell James added 15 points on the night. Freshman combination Riley Clairday and Alex Mero each scored 11 points.

It’s a short respite as the Pioneers will lace up against Bacone (Okla.) College on Saturday for an afternoon tilt. Tipoff from the Carter Activities Center is at 3 p.m.

Crowley’s Ridge (Women) 88, Welch 67

Four Lady Pioneers recorded double-digits streaming to a victory for the first game of 2021. Crowley’s Ridge dished out 22 assists in the 88-67 win over visiting Welch (Tenn.) College.

The first quarter saw the love being spread by Crowley’s Ridge (2-4) with seven different players scoring, stifling the Welch (0-3) output with a 27-15 opening ten. The Lady ‘Neers outrebounded the Lady Flames 15-9 in the first frame.

CRC jumped out on a 7-0 run to start the second period. Travia Woodruff and Markiya Tucker-Williams combined for 11 of the Lady Pioneers’ 16 points in the quarter.

The Lady Flames came out of the break on a tear with their best quarter of the game, forcing eight Lady Pioneer turnovers and outscoring the hosts 24-21.

Crowley’s Ridge was able to right the ship in the final quarter by swiping away four steals and doling out eight helpers to cruise to an 88-67 victory.

Octavia Lowery led the Lady Pioneers with 23 points, followed closely by Kianna Hardaway’s 29. Tucker-Williams came off the bench to add 10.

Woodruff earned her second double-double of the season by scoring 15 and having 10 assists.

The Lady Pioneers will have a short turnaround before hosting Bacone (Okla.) College – currently sitting at 5-5 - in a Saturday afternoon tilt. Tipoff from the Carter Activities Center this Saturday (Jan. 9) is at 1 p.m.

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