SEDALIA, Mo. — The Northeastern A&M Lady Norse won both of their games in the State Fair Classic.
They held on for a 72-69 over State Fair Community College on Friday, Nov. 15 then picked up a 67-50 win over Southeastern (Iowa) Community College on Saturday, Nov. 16.
“We needed that,” Lady Norse coach Jim Rowland said. “That was my concern, us going over and getting a couple wins before conference play. We can hopefully get some momentum and get some confidence, knowing that we can beat people — that we can win.”
The weekend sweep ended a three-game losing streak that included games with Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College, Barton County (Kansas) Community College and No. 7 Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College.
“I am hoping that this will help us get some confidence and we can get some more wins here,” Rowland said.
NEO 72, State Fair 69
Five players scored in double figures for the Lady Norse (3-5).
Kiarra Brooks and Gabriela Chivata scored 16 points each, Eliska Stebetakova had 12, Ivvana Murillo 11 and Koreea Kirksey chipped in with 10.
Others scoring for NEO were Kine Diop with four and Emily McAdams with three.
Dariann Miles didn't score but she did have 10 assists.
Diop had a team-best nine rebounds.
A 17-9 edge in the third quarter helped NEO take a 50-44 lead into the final stanza, when State Fair held a 25-22 edge.
Darlisa Reed was the Lady Runners’ scoring leader with 21 points. She also had 12 rebounds.
Laila McNeal and Nadia Thurman-McKey scored 12 each for State Fair, which fell to 0-6.
“We’re still having problems putting the ball in the hole,” Rowland said. “We’re still missing a lot of layups. We had a chance against State Fair to really put them away and we never did. We missed shots that should have gone in.
“I thought we had a chance to put them away. We’re just struggling offensively. We’re the ones stopping ourselves right now.”
NEO 67, Southeastern 50
Limiting Southeastern to only 15 points in the first half, the Lady Norse opened up a 15-point lead at the break.
It was 12-9 after one, then 30-15 at intermission.
NEO held 18-17 and 19-18 advantages over the final 20 minutes.
Murillo was the leading scorer for the Lady Norse with 19 points. Brooks had 13 and Stebetikova contributed 10.
Others with points for NEO were Kirksey, eight; Kaitlyn Benge, six; Marliah Johnson, three, and Myles, Chivata, Kayla Shepperd and Diop, two each.
Northeastern A&M opens Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference play Thursday, Nov. 21 at home with Seminole State College.
That’s their first game here since Nov. 5.