Mosby, Holland ignite late rally to lift Three Rivers past Eastern Oklahoma
LUBBOCK, Texas – Chaylea Mosby came into the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Championships a 40 percent shooter from 3-point range, but through the first 30 minutes of Three Rivers College’s opening-round game had come up empty on six attempts.
The one she hit, however, proved to be the difference.
Her trey from the right wing with 1:18 to play kickstarted a 11-3 run to end the game, and the ninth-seeded Lady Raiders rallied from a six-point deficit to claim a 76-74 victory over No. 24 Eastern Oklahoma State College on Monday at the Rip Griffin Center.
Joi Montgomery scored four of her 11 points in the stretch, including an offensive rebound and putback with 30.9 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner for the Lady Raiders (22-0), who will play No. 8 seed Casper College on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the second round.
“One thing our girls have done all year is step up to the challenge and continue to fight and continue to battle and continue to make big shots,” Three Rivers head coach Alex Wiggs said. “I knew once Chaylea got one, we’d be OK.”
It was a furious rally for a Three Rivers team that came out of the gate hot but found itself chasing Eastern Oklahoma State (18-5) after the Lady Mountaineers came out on fire in the second half. Such is the case when the No. 1 (Eastern Oklahoma) and No. 3 (Three Rivers) offensive teams in the country meet.
But it was the final sequence that made the difference in the game after the two teams spent the first 30 minutes of the game trading haymakers.
Down 71-65, Mosby hit her trey from the right wing. Immediately, the Lady Raiders forced a turnover and converted that into a layup by Montgomery with 1:04 to play. Continuing to turn up the defensive pressure, Three Rivers got a steal at midcourt, and that led to aa 3-pointer from the right win by Karlee Holland that put the Lady Raiders back in front 73-71.
Montgomery then finished the 10-0 run with another layup to make it 75-71. Shanequa Henry stopped the bleeding with a 3-pointer from the left corner to pull the Lady Mountaineers to within one, but Myia Elder hit one of two free throws with 12.2 seconds, then the Lady Raiders got one more defensive stop at the buzzer to end the game.
“We picked up our 2-2-1 press and picked them up a little closer to the ball, more full-court,” Wiggs said. “They did a good job of spreading us out in our press and we made some adjustments at halftime, and the girls did a good job of making those adjustments down the stretch to get the stops and get the steals.”
It was a tough ending for Eastern Oklahoma, which trailed 39-33 at halftime but came out went on a 7-2 run to start the second half to take a 41-40 lead just two minutes into the third quarter.
Eastern Oklahoma trailed 60-59 early in the fourth quarter before going on a 12-4 tun to take a 71-64 lead and appeared headed for the win before Three Rivers put together its final, furious rally.
Yelder led the Lady Raiders with 17 points while Hya Haywood and Autumn Dodd added 13 each in the win and Montgomery finished with 11.
Henry led Eastern Oklahoma with 19 points. Crystal Ortiz and Tyia Treleaven added 11 apiece and Tilan Nolan 10.