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The Roane State Raiderettes recently returned to the floor after Christmas break, but the first game of 2011 wasn’t a good one for Monica Boles’ squad as the Raiderettes dropped a 74-72 decision at Spartanburg Methodist.
Turnovers were Roane State biggest obstacle as the Raiderettes turned the ball over 18 times compared to the Lady Pioneers coughing up the ball just six times.
Despite the turnovers, Roane State stayed in the game thanks to a 34-20 advantage on the boards. Roane State even had the ball last with a chance to tie or win the game, but their last second shot would not fall.
Roane State also shot the ball fairly well as the Raiderettes connected on 29 of their 59 (49.2 percent) attempts on the night. The Raiderettes, however, hit just 4 of 17 (23.5 percent) of their three-point attempts.
Roane State’s Tasha Phillips entered the contest averaging 18.6 points per game and that average went a little as the talented sophomore from Clarkrange ended the evening with a game-high 23 points on 9 of 11 shooting.
Jasmine Franklin (16 points, 7 rebounds) and Tasha Delaney (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Raiderettes.
Spartanburg Methodist’s Tequila McNeal tied Phillips for game-high scoring honors with 23. Ashley Williams (14 points) and Whitley Smith (12 points) also scored in double figures for the Lady Pioneers.
Roane State was scheduled to play again on Wednesday against Chattanooga State, but that game was postponed due to bad weather and no makeup date has been announced.
Weather permitting, the Raiderettes will play at Cleveland State Saturday at 2 p.m.
Roane State (72) Franklin 16, Phillips 23, Hickson 9, Herman 3, Kimes 2, Gibson 3, Reed 6, Delaney 10.