Raiderettes close in on first place after sweep

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By Goose Lindsay

The Roane State Raiderettes remain in a dog fight for the top spot in the TJCCAA standings following a weekend sweep of conference foes.

Friday night, the Raiderettes disposed of Motlow State, 73-46, and they followed that up on Saturday with an 84-70 victory over Volunteer State.

With the sweep, the Raiderettes are currently 16-5 overall and 12-2 in conference play.

The Raiderettes have also won six games in a row following the weekend sweep.

At 12-2 in conference play, the Raiderettes are in a three-way tie for second place with Chattanooga State (15-5) and Walters State (17-4). The three teams are just one-half game behind Cleveland State (19-1, 12-1) in the standings.

Roane State will have a chance to move into first place this week as the Raiderettes travel to Chattanooga State on Wednesday before hosting Cleveland State on Saturday. Roane State closes the regular season the following Saturday with a home game against Walters State.

Friday’s Game

Friday’s game was never in doubt as Roane State jumped on the Lady Bucks early and never looked back in cruising to the 27-point victory.

Neither team shot the ball well on Saturday, but the Raiderettes dominated the boards, 45-19, and that was the key stat in Roane State’s 73-46 victory.

Roane State shot just 37.1 percent (26-70) on the night, but that was a lot better than Motlow State’s 28.1 percent (18-64).

The Raiderettes also hit 11 three-pointers on the evening compared to just four for the Lady Bucks.

Roane State raced out to a 36-18 lead after 20 minutes of play. Motlow State made just seven field goals and three free throws in the first half.

The Lady Bucks did have a little more success offensively in the second half, but they were still outscored 37-28 in the stanza.

Kelli Reed led Roane State on the day as the freshman guard from Roane State recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Tasha Phillips also recorded a double-double for the Raiderettes as she ended the evening with 11 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks and four assists.

Jill Herman also scored in double figures for Roane State as she buried four triples on her way to 18 points.

Jayme Jackson paced Motlow State with 10 points.

Roane State (73) Phillips 11, Hickson 2, Herman 18, Reed 21, Gibson 3, Gresham 3, Moritz 6, Chism 2, Delaney 7.

Saturday’s Game

The final score of Saturday’s contest was closer, but it played out a lot like Friday’s contest as the Raiderettes jumped out to a big lead in the first half and then held off the Lady Pioneers in the second half for the victory.

Roane State jumped out to a 42-26 lead after 20 minutes of play thanks mostly to solid outside shooting. The Raiderettes connected on 17 of 34 attempts from the floor in the first half with seven of those shots coming from beyond the three-point stripe.

Volunteer State, on the other hand, made just 2 of 17 of their three-point attempts in the first half.

Roane State stayed hot in the second half, hitting 15 of 30 from the floor with six more shots coming from three-point range.

For the game, Roane State shot an amazing 54.2 percent (13-24) from beyond the three-point arc.

Jacquelyn Hickson led the way with five three-pointers and a game-high 19 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists.

Phillips was next in line with 15 points, four rebounds and three assists while Jill Herman (14 points, 4 rebounds) and Kayla Gibson (14 points) also scored in double figures. Gibson was a perfect 4-4 from three-point land while Herman was 3-5.

Reed led the Raiderettes with 10 rebounds.

Ra`Shawn Sparkman led the Lady Pioneers with 21 points while Sharonda Brabson (15 points) and Jessica King (11 points) also scored in double figures.

Roane State (84) Phillips 15, Hickson 19, Herman 14, Kimes 7, Reed 6, Gibson 14, Delaney 9.