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Ashley Cox scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Roane State Raiderettes to a 73-63 win over the Chattanooga State Lady Tigers Saturday evening at Roane State.
Roane State started the game on a 9-4 swing, guided by five points from Makayla Cordell and four from Nicole Hassler.
The Lady Tigers would get within 13-12 before the Raiderettes went on a 14-5 tear, led by 11 points from Mikayla Bennett to take the lead up to 27-17.
The Raiderettes would go on a 15-7 swing to close out the first half with a 42-24 lead.
Cox (12 points), Bennett (11 points) and Cordell (7 points) led the Raiderettes at the half.
The start of the second half saw Hassler score the Raiderettes’ first six points to stretch the lead to 48-26 before the Lady Tigers roared back into contention with swings of 12-5 and 13-4 respectively to pull within 57-49.
That would prove to be the closest the Lady Tigers would get as the Raiderettes took home the 73-63 win at the end of the night.
Roane State owned a 37-31 edge on the boards and a 12-7 tilt in team steals.
Cox (21 points, 7 boards), Hassler (12 points), Bennett (11 points), Shauntae Brown (7 points, 10 boards, 6 steals), Cordell (7 points) and Cayla Oglesby (6 points) all had outstanding showings in the victory.
Roane State (73) Cox 21, Hassler 12, Bennett 11, Shauntae Brown 7, Cordell 7, Oglesby 6, Young 4, Shanae Brown 3, Neely 2.
Even with a depleted, razor-thin roster in terms of depth, the Roane State Raiders survived a foul-laden affair with the Chattanooga State Tigers with an 86-79 win.
After the Tigers took the early 8-4 lead, the Raiders responded in kind with a 14-2 swing to take an 18-10 lead early on.
The Raiders would go on to take a 40-32 lead to the locker room as C.J. Foster (9 points) and Rod Drummond (6 points) led the Raiders at the half.
Chattanooga State would slowly whittle the Roane State lead down to one point in the second half with less than a minute to go before the Raiders hit pivotal free throws at the right time to escape with the 86-79 win.
The Tigers owned a 50-42 advantage on the boards and a 9-2 swing in team steals, but the Raiders still came away with the victory.
Foster (24 points, 5 assists), Drummond (21 points), Nygel Gates (14 points, 10 boards) and Greg Murphy (8 points, 9 boards) all had strong offensive showings for the Raiders.
Valiant Hed-Taqi (7 boards) and Marques McKoy (5 boards) helped out the Raiders on the glass.
Roane State (86) Foster 24, Drummond 21, Gates 14, Murphy 8, Porter 6, McKoy 5, Ferguson 5, Gallaher 2, Hed-Taqi 1.