The North Central Missouri College women's basketball team has a one-game lead in NJCAA Division Two, Region XVI, courtesy of a 68-63 win over visiting St. Louis on Saturday at the Ketcham Community Center in Trenton.
The Lady Pirates win pushes NCMC's region record to 5-1, one game up on both St. Louis and Cottey. The Lady Pirates will play at Cottey College (Nevada, MO) on Tuesday night at 6 o'clock, in a game to be broadcast on Hot Country Z 101.7 and www.kgozfm.com.
In Saturday's win, Sydnee Rounkles and Brooke Parton paced a balanced North Central attack with 13 points each, while Lexi Hope added 12, and Kayla Oetterer 11 points. The win moves NCMC's overall record back to the .500 mark, at 12-12. St. Louis, in defeat, was led by Marshaya Sangster with 19 points, with Kalah Martin scoring 16, and Deborah Holcomb 11. The Archers are now 14-8 overall, and 4-2 in Region XVI play.
The men's game slipped the way of the visiting Archers, as St. Louis scored the first 12 points of the second half en route to a 90-83 win over the Pirates at the Ketcham Community Center. Randy Reed II led St. Louis with 24 points, while Cortez Connors scored 16, Tevan Evans 15, Jaylen Fulton 14, and Jake Hensel 13 points. The Pirates, in falling to 14-11 overall, and 1-4 in Region XVI, had 26 points apiece from Tyrell Thirkield and Xavier Newson, with Jory Woodson scoring 10. All of Thirkield's points were scored in the second half.