JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Central A&M Lady Raider basketball has started strong, being undefeated after their opening game in the upscale Pana Tourney. A&M schooled Neoga by about 60 points to open the season. They A&M knocked off CHBC by ten.
At Pana on Friday, the Raiders outplayed Rochester in the 4th period after a see-saw three periods to win by six, 53-47.
A&M weathered the 1st period of Rochester defense and were down just two points, 8-6. A&M then shook off their opponents in the 2nd with a 21-9 run. Then came the rollercoaster 3rd. Rochester answered with a 13-5 run.
A&M led by just two points to open the 4th period, 32-30. The 4th was a jailbreak as both teams put on an offensive show, scoring 38 points between them. However, A&M free throws tipped the scales as they out-scored Rochester 21-17 down the stretch, for the 6-point win.
Rochester had one more field goal than the Raiders and three of those were 3-pointers, giving Rochester a 43 to 38 edge from the floor. However, A&M shot 12 more free throws, making 15-of-22. Rochester made just 4-of-10, giving A&M an 11-point edge at the stripe and the 6-point advantage on the scoreboard.
Senior guard Allie Heaton led the Raiders with 13 points, followed by Sarah Bailey with 10 and Genny Rose Stringer with eight in a stair-step scoring for A&M. Taylor Jordan had seven, Ryan Dooley with six, and Taylor Adcock with five.
Central A&M 53, Rochester 47
A&M stats: Allie Heaton 13 (6 FGs, 1/3 FTs), Bailey 10 (4 FGs, 2/3 FTs), Stringer 8 (2 FGs, 4/4 FTs), Jordan 7 (FG, 5/6 FTs), Dooley 6 (2 FGs, 2/3 FTs), Adcock 5 (2 FGs, 1/3 FTs), Hennings 2 (FG), Townsend 2 (FG). Team FGs 19. Team FTs 15-of-22.
Roch'r stats: Sapetti 8 (4 FGs, 0/1 FTs), Matsen 7 (2-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Clemons 7 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Hart 6 (3 FGs), Drewinski 6 92 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Perry 4 (2 FGs, 0/1 FTs), Fisher 2 (FG). Team FGs 20 (3-3s). Team FTs 4-of-10.