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Raiderettes pick up conference road sweep

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By Goose Lindsay, Sports Editor

Good teams win on the road and that’s just what the Roane State Raiderettes did over the weekend as Monica Boles’ squad knocked off conference foes Jackson State and Columbia State.

Friday night would be an easy night for the Raiderettes as they rolled to an 81-63 victory at Jackson State. Saturday afternoon was a bit more difficult as Roane State needed a big second half to pick up a 76-66 victory over Columbia State.

The sweep was big for the Raiderettes as far as their TJCCAA title hopes are concerned. After this weekend’s play, Roane State is currently 14-5 overall and 10-2 in conference play. The Raiderettes are tied for third place overall with Walters State and only one game behind Chattanooga State and Cleveland State.

The Raiderettes will look to stay in the title hunt this weekend at home when they host Motlow State Friday evening at 6 p.m. and Volunteer State Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Friday’s Game

Roane State made quick work of the Lady Generals as the Raiderettes jumped out to a 24-point lead at halftime then cruised in the second half to the 81-63 victory.

The Raiderettes were sizzling from the floor in the first 20 minutes of play. Roane State hit 18 of their 34 field goal attempts (52.9 percent) in the first half with seven shots coming from beyond the three-point arc.

Jackson State, meanwhile, struggled mightily against the Raiderettes defense in the first half. The Lady Generals connected on just 22.2 percent (6-27) of their shots in the first half. The only thing Jackson State did well in the first half was making 10 of 11 free throws.

Jackson State did bounce back and win the second half, but the damage had already been done as the Raiderettes headed to Columbia with an 18-point victory.

Five players scored in double figures on the night for Roane State with Tasha Phillips (14 points, 3 assists, 3 blocks) leading the way. 

Kayla Gibson (12 points, 6 rebounds), Kelli Reed (12 points, 4 rebounds), Jacquelyn Hickson (11 points, 5 rebounds) and Jill Herman (10 points, 5 assists) also scored in double figures for the Raiderettes.

Kayla Kimes dished out seven assists for the Raiderettes while Jasmine Franklin pulled down 11 rebounds.

Brittany Cranford scored a game-high 21 points to lead the way for Jackson State. Breona Houston (15 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals) and Jessica Hinson (14 points, 4 steals) also scored in double figures for the Lady Generals.

Roane State (81) Phillips 14, Hickson 11, Herman 10, Kimes 2, Reed 12, Gibson 12, Gresham 1, Moritz 6, Franklin 6, Delaney 7.

Saturday’s Game

Columbia State put up more of a fight, but the Raiderettes ran their winning streak to four straight with a 76-66 victory over the Lady Chargers.

Roane State was the team with the poor shooting in the first half Saturday as the Raiderettes shot just 36.7 percent (11-30) in the first half while making 4 of 17 three-point shots.

The Raiderettes did hit 11 of 14 free throws in the first half and that allowed them to remain in a 37-37 tie at halftime.

Roane State, however, heated up in the second half as they shot 53.8 percent (14-26) from the floor and that allowed the Raiderettes to pull out the 76-66 victory.

Reed led four Raiderettes in double figures on the night with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists.

(Phillips (15 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks), Herman (15 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists) and Tasha Delaney (10 points) rounded out Roane State’s double figure scorers.

Shanavian Woodland (15 points, 11 rebounds), Kaylah Gholson (14 points) and Rebecca Romeo (13 points) scored in double figures for Columbia State.

 Roane State (76) Phillips 15, Hickson 2, Herman 15, Reed 20, Gibson 9, Gresham 3, Chism 2, Delaney 10.