Lady Raiders stay undefeated with win over JeffCo

Lady Raiders stay undefeated with win over JeffCo

HILLSBORO, Mo. — In the last 80 minutes of play, opponents are 2 for 29 on 3-pointers against Three Rivers.

The Raiders allowed one 3 against State Fair on Saturday, and repeated their defensive dominance against Jefferson on Wednesday in an 89-55 win in Hillsboro.

The Vikings (5-10, 2-7 Region XVI) shot 31.3% overall and were 1 for 16 from beyond the arc. Three Rivers led by as much as 38 points in the fourth quarter.

"We're doing a good job of being there on the catch, not allowing teams to get open looks from 3, forcing them into making a play," Three Rivers coach Alex Wiggs said.

Hya Haywood had a bounce back game after going 0 for 7 from the field against State Fair. The sophomore guard led the 12th-ranked Raiders (12-0, 8-0) with a season-high 21 points. She matched Joi Montgomery for a team-high four steals and also had four assists and two rebounds.

"We have so many weapons offensively, any single person, it can be their turn any single night," Wiggs said. "We do a good job of being unselfish and finding the person who is on fire."

Chaylea Mosby got 18 points after going 4 for 6 on 3-pointers and 6 for 6 on free throws. She also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Myia Yelder added 15 points on 7 for 10 shooting and a team-high six assists.

Three Rivers shot 14 for 38 (36.8%) on 3-pointers and 42% overall. It also had 25 steals to Jefferson's six, and was plus-21 on points off turnovers.

Jayrissa Grayson led Jefferson with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Laila McNeal added 10 points. Grayson, who was 6 for 12 from the field, was the lone starter to shoot better than 30% for Jefferson.

Wednesday's game was a rare instance where Three Rivers did not have the advantage in bench points or second-chance points, where Jefferson was respectively plus-5 and plus-6.

The Three Rivers bench was a combined 8 for 30 shooting while Jefferson's was 10 for 29.

The undefeated Raiders now have two wins against three of their five region opponents with everyone playing each region opponent three times this season.

The Raiders will look to pick up a second win against Mineral Area, which doesn't have a sophomore on the roster, during the Alumni Reunion at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Libla Family Sports Complex. Three Rivers won the first matchup at Mineral Area 61-45. The only other region opponent the Raiders haven't played twice is Crowder, which Three Rivers beat by 48 points on March 1.

"We have to come ready to play. They are a bunch of freshmen who are only getting better," Wiggs said. "They are well-coached so we have to make sure we come prepared for Saturday because they are young and a very talented group."


Scott Borkgren - Daily American Republic