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To say the smack down was laid on the Spartanburg Methodist Lady Pioneers by the Roane State Raiderettes in the 101-41 drubbing on Tuesday night was an understatement.
The Raiderettes actually trailed 8-4 at one point, but managed to outscore the Lady Pioneers 48-23 through the rest of the first half.
The leading scorers for Roane State were Taylor Neely and Shauntae Brown (11 points each).
Runs of 25-6 and 24-8 comprised of the dominant second half for the Raiderettes en route to the 101-41 massacre.
Taylor Neely (16 points), Cayla Oglesby (11 points), Shauntae Brown (11 points), Ashley Cox (11 points), Makayla Cordell (9 points), Nicole Hassler (7 points) and Rameja Bell (6 points).
Roane State (101) Neely 16, Oglesby 11, Cox 11, Shauntae Brown 11, Cordell 9, Hassler 7, Freeman 6, Bell 6, Gallaher 5, Nixon 4, Shanae Brown 4, Laughter 4, Bennett 2.
So close yet so far was the most apt way to describe the Roane State Raiders heartbreaking 79-76 defeat on Tuesday night.
The Raiders held an early 8-7 lead before embarking on a 7-0 surge to take a 15-7 lead. However, the Pioneers battled back with runs of 9-2 and 14-6 to tae a 30-23 lead at one stretch.
Undaunted, the Raiders battled back with a 14-6 run of their own to take a 37-36 halftime lead.
Greg Murphy (12 points) led the Raiders in scoring at the half.
The Pioneers, however, used a 13-5 run at one point to help propel them to a 69-59 lead. The Raiders battled back to get within one on a 17-8 run late in the going, but the Pioneers scored a late basket and thwarted a scoring attempt by Roane State to preserve the 79-76 win.
The Pioneers owned a 32-27 advantage on the boards, and a 14-7 tilt in team steals.
Roane State was led in scoring by Murphy (23 points, 5 boards, 5 assists), C.J. Foster (14 points), Tres Palmer (11 points, 13 boards), Corey Harris (8 points), Nygel Gates (7 points), and Marcus McKoy (6 points, 5 boards).
Roane State (76) Murphy 23, Foster 14, Palmer 11, Harris 8, Gates 7, McKoy 6, Porter 3, Howard 2, Drummond 2.