Killinger records his 100th victory at MACC

11/28/2016
Carnethia Brown, a 5-6 freshman guard from Louisville, Kentucky, scored 14 of her game high 21 points in the second half this past Saturday night as the Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball team won their second game in two days during the Midwest Bone & Joint Center Classic hosted at Fitzsimmons-John Arena. The victory allowed the Greyhound Women to move to 9-1 on the season.

MACC led 26-16 after one quarter of action as Anna Stewart came off the bench to score seven quick points and the Greyhound Women connected on three shots from beyond the arc. However, cold shooting and several turnovers allowed the Lady Cougars to close to within a single point at the intermission as MACC held a 33-32 advantage.

“We had one of those spells where not much was going right for us offensively,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “We are still working to develop the consistency we need over the course of a game, but we did a good job of regrouping at halftime and playing closer to our expectations in the second half.”

Brown, who finished with five assists, four rebounds, and four steals, got the Greyhound Women jumpstarted early in the third quarter as she stole a pass and scored, then helped to create another turnover that resulted in two made free throws by Alexis Henry before scoring another basket of her own. Just a few possessions later Brown found Angelica Wiggins open for a three point field goal on the wing that stretched MACC’s lead to 42-33 with 6:40 remaining in the quarter.

“Carnethia has been doing a good job of getting deflections,” said Killinger. “Our defense starts with her, Anna (Stewart), and TrEl’Shawn (Smith) applying some pressure on the ball and trying to control the middle of the floor. Overall, we’ve done a better job of getting our hands on the ball defensively and that can really disrupt what our opponents are trying to do offensively.

The Greyhound Women held Highland to just seven third quarter points as they led 50-39 heading into the fourth quarter. Despite three shots from long range for the Cougars over the final 4:30 of play MACC managed to stretch their lead to the final 20 point margin, 75-55, in the closing minutes of the contest as they scored 25 points in the quarter.

Joining Brown in double figures was Anisha George, who just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Lunden Henry had nine points and five rebounds, while Nia Flowers had eight points. Tinon Hunter secured eight rebounds as the Greyhound Women outrebounded Highland 44-43, while holding their eighth opponent in 10 games to 57 or less points.

“Our defense has been pretty solid,” said Killinger. “We have had some pretty big quarters offensively, but a lot of those quarters are generated by our work on the defensive end of the floor.”

Prior to their victory over Highland, MACC hosted Lincoln Land Community College and picked up a 57-38 victory as Killinger notched his 100th career win as coach of the Greyhound Women. His overall record now stands at 224-157, including a 192-99 mark over the past 10 seasons at Lincoln Trail College and MACC.

MACC led 15-13 after the first quarter, but outscored Lincoln Land 24-4 in the second quarter to lead 39-17 at the half. The second half was filled with turnovers by both teams and bad shooting as the two teams combined to go just 10 of 50 from the field.

“I was disappointed with how we played in the second half,” said Killinger. “But, that is part of the maturation process with a team that is playing a lot of freshman a lot of minutes. You have to be able to understand how you built a lead and then what you have to do to sustain that lead.”

Wiggins led the Greyhound Women with 12 points on Friday night. George joined her in double figures with 11 points, while also grabbing seven rebounds. Alisha Vinson scored nine points and recorded seven rebounds, to go along with three blocked shots. Lunden Henry scored seven points and had a team high 10 rebounds and four steals. Hunter contributed seven rebounds and Stewart had a team high five assists.

 

 

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