Lady Raiders prepare for back-to-back Region XVI road games

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Three Rivers coach Jeff Walk, right, speaks to freshman Katelyn South during a game against Mineral Area on Saturday at the Bess Activity Center.

The Lady Raiders haven’t lost a game since Nov. 30, and coming off a win against Mineral Area to start the new year, they’re faced with the task of playing their first and only back-to-back of region play.

Three Rivers will get on the bus and make a five-hour trip to State Fair to play Friday, and the team will travel roughly two more hours to Moberly Area for its second game in as many days Saturday.

The good news for the Lady Raiders is they’re unbeaten away from home at 6-0 including their game on neutral ground against Lewis and Clark in November. The challenge, though, is that none of Three Rivers’ four previous back-to-backs this season involved playing in two different cities in as many days.

“Playing back-to-back is probably one of the hardest things to do in region play. We’re the only school that does that,” Three Rivers coach Jeff Walk said. “Everybody else just plays one game and goes back home that night, so we take our two longest trips and combine them together. It makes it easier, but it also makes it harder at the same time.”

Three Rivers spent the majority of its time preparing for the Friday matchup with State Fair while hoping the preparation for the Roadrunners can also help prepare it for Moberly Area.

Here’s a look at what to expect from State Fair and Moberly Area.

State Fair

State Fair enters Friday’s matchup at 4-8, having lost three straight. The Roadrunners average 66.7 points per game and shoot just under 37 percent from the floor and 25 percent from 3-point range. They give up 72.5 points per game, putting them at minus-5.5 in average scoring margin. Jazzmyn Elston is the team’s go-to scorer. She averages 16.8 points per game and shoots the team’s best percentage from the field at 45 percent in 31 minutes per game.

Moberly Area

Moberly Area will enter Saturday’s matchup trying to get out of a slump. The Greyhounds are 8-9 and have lost five of their last six games, the most recent being a 70-65 defeat at home against St. Louis on Tuesday.

The offense has been led by sophomore guards Rickeisha Sheard and Kezia Holmes, who average 14.3 and 13.1 points per game respectively. Both shoot 44 percent from the floor and average five shot attempts per game.

Three Rivers enters the weekend top-10 in the country in several categories. The Lady Raiders are eighth in points per game (86.5), eighth in attempted 3s per game (26.6), third in assists (20.8) and eighth in steals per game (16.9).

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