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The Roane State Raiders and Raiderettes played their first conference home games of the season Friday night and the results were mixed for the host teams as the Raiderettes downed visiting Columbia State, 87-67, while Randy Nesbit’s men suffered an 83-76 setback at the hands of the Chargers.
The Raiders and Raiderettes will step out of conference this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Raiderettes played at Spartanburg Methodist on Monday while the Raiders will be at Wilkes College on Saturday and Spartanburg Methodist on Sunday.
The Raiderettes were back in action on the hardwood Friday night against the Columbia State Lady Chargers and the Raiderettes would seize an impressive 87-67 victory.
The first half would see runs of an 8-0, 10-2, and 10-0 stretch at various points in the opening half for Roane State, but the Lady Chargers had a pair of 9-2 runs to go into the half trailing 39-34.
To start off the second half, the Raiderettes went on a 14-4 run to pull out to a 15-point lead. However, Columbia State was determined to make a game of it as they had a 7-0 run at one stretch to cut the gap to seven, but Roane State would close out with a 13-0 run to take home the 87-67 triumph.
The Raiderettes were led in scoring by Casha Foster with 23 points plus six steals. Also having games in the double digit plateau were Whit-ney Jordan with 15 points plus seven boards in addition to five assists and Tikedra Jones had a 13 point game.
Other Raiderettes deserving mention were Brittany Steen with nine points plus five assists and Taylor Oliver with eight points.
Columbia State was led on offense by Ashley Fields with 21 points plus six boards, six steals, and six assists. Other leading scorers for the Lady Chargers were Simona Newman with 13 points plus five assists, Rakelle Riley with 11 points plus seven assists, and Jeturah Brown with 10 points and a block.
Roane State (87) Foster 23, Jordan 15, Jones 13, Steen 9, Oliver 8, McCroskey 6, Palmer 4, Tabitha Jones 3, Butcher 3, 3.
For the Roane State Raiders, it was a tale of two halves.
In the first half, the Raiders had an eight-point lead but in the second half, Columbia State used their 32-18 advantage on the boards to ele-vate them to an 83-76 victory over the Raiders.
In the first half, Roane State would use an 11-3 run at one stretch to pull out to a 46-38 halftime lead.
In the second half, however, the shots were not falling for the Raiders as they were in the first half. Instead, Columbia State had the shots fal-ling for them, using 14-2 and 18-9 stretches to lift them to a 15-point lead at one stretch.
The Raiders managed to whittle the deficit down to seven points, but this wouldn’t be their night as they fell 83-76.
Columbia State overcame a 10-4 disadvantage in the turnover department and used the 32-18 tilt on the boards to their advantage in this game.
The Chargers were led on offense by Lamont Harris with 19 points plus eight boards, Marrio Hunter and Dontavious Merriweather each had 13 points with Hunter grabbing seven boards. Britton Winfree would add 12 points for the Chargers along with five boards.
Roane State was led on offense by Chase Bell with 20 points plus five rebounds, Kevin Hall had 13 points, and Kendall Butler had 13 points in the loss.
Roane State (76) Bell 20, Hall 13, Butler 13, Vespie 8, Ngon a’ Ngon 7, Givens 6, Dixon 3, Magdos 3, Memnon 2.