TRC to defend Region XVI title against Moberly on Saturday

Moberly Area's DeAnna Wilson has three double-doubles in three games against the Raiders, two of them wins. The Raiders will likely accept another double-double if Wilson goes 1 for 9 from the field like she did last time.

The top scorer and rebound for the Greyhounds, Wilson, a 6-2 freshman from St. Louis, is averaging 15.8 points and 9.5 rebounds, nearly 4 points and 5 rebounds more than anyone else on the team.

In the first matchup back on Dec. 6 in the Region XVI Showdown, Wilson shot 8 for 18 as Moberly won by eight points.

A little more than a month later at Moberly as part of Region XVI play, she was 6 for 8 for 20 points and 10 rebounds. But what hurt Three Rivers more than anything that game was free throws. On their home court, the Greyhounds (27-4) were 34 for 55 from the line and Wilson was 8 for 13.

Three Rivers (26-5), meanwhile was 7 for 15 on free throws and didn't have one player earn more than four free throws.

Consequently, the Raiders resorted to 3-pointers and went 13 for 25 from outside as Moberly outscored them 60-41 in the second half to win by 16.

The tides turned two weeks later at the Libla Family Sports Complex as Three Rivers won every quarter.

Wilson still got 11 points and 14 rebounds, but only made one basket all night while going 9 for 16 on free throws.

Nobody shot well against the Raiders that night. Chatori Tyler was 0 for 9 on 3-pointers. The Greyhounds shot 22.7% as a team. Only Shania Liburd, who was 4 for 6 for 10 points, shot 50% or better.

Three Rivers won by 29 and shot 47.5%. Myia Yelder was 7 for 11 for 17 points to lead the team. Jordan Little was a perfect 10 for 10 on free throws and finished with 15 points while Deanay Watson added 13 points.

Moberly heads into Saturday's game ranked fifth in the country in 3-point percentage (37.0) and ninth in turnovers per game (12.7). While the Greyhounds are averaging more than 38 free throws per game against the Raiders, they are averaging 18.9 attempts per game to be 79th in the country and are shooting 63% from the line to rank 122nd.

The Raiders have been a team that wants to run since the beginning of the season. They've ranked third in points per game (89.9) for much of the year and are also in the top 10 in 3-pointers both made (10.1) and attempted (30.1) per game.

With so many shots, they're also third in defensive rebounds (32.8), second in rebound margin (19.6), and eighth in assists (18.8).

A deep bench and conditioning have been key, and Three Rivers utilized it to wear down a top-heavy Mineral Area team in the semifinals.

Deanay Watson leads the Raiders with 13.7 points per game, but Chaylea Mosby, Jordan Little, Myia Yelder and Katelyn South are all scoring in double figures. Hannah Thurmon is just shot at 9.5 points and everyone who will be active Saturday is averaging more than 13 minutes per game.

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