Lady Raiders overcome shooting woes with turnovers in win over John A. Logan

Lady Raiders overcome shooting woes with turnovers in win over John A. Logan

CARTERVILLE, Ill. - Three Rivers overcame strong shooting from John A. Logan by forcing plenty of turnovers.

The Raiders only committed 10 turnovers compared to 23 from the Volunteers, who shot 49.2% from the field, and Three Rivers won 95-76 on Saturday in Carterville, Ill.

Deanay Watson led the Raiders with 20 points on 9 for 13 shooting. Three Rivers (5-1) finished with five players in double figures as it continued to score more than 90 points in each of its five wins.

Hannah Thurmon and Autumn Dodd each got 16 points while Katelyn South and Chaylea Mosby both had 10.

Dodd was 8 for 8 shooting. A solitary missed free throw was the only thing that left her hands and didn't go in. Thurmon was 4 for 11 on 3-pointers and 6 for 14 overall to go with five rebounds.

Myia Yelder led Three Rivers with eight rebounds as everyone on the team grabbed at least one.

Ten different Raiders scored, as well, as Three Rivers took what it worked on in a 68-point win over Lindenwood-Belleville on Wednesday and applied it against a tougher opponent in John A. Logan (1-4).

The Raiders moved the ball around the perimeter, forcing the defense to play defense longer, and searched for the extra pass.

"That's how we need to play," Three Rivers coach Jeff Walk said. "We've got good enough scorers that if we don't throw the ball away, we're going to put some points on the board. But if we throw the ball away, we're going to struggle."

Three Rivers also outrebounded the Volunteers 44-29, including a 22-6 advantage on offensive rebounds, and a 13-3 advantage on steals that helped overcome shooting 40.5%, nearly 10% worse than the Volunteers.

"They were making shots. They just put us in a bind defensively. They were making the extra pass and they were making shots off that pass," Walk said.

Cali Wright led John A. Logan with 20 points. Bianna Snorton had 16, Emily Holmes got 15 and Tyesha Taylor had 12.

Throughout the game, Three Rivers would build a double-digit lead, have it cut down to a few possessions, and then rebuild it.

"When they put us in those positions where we had to rotate a couple of times, we're still just a little slow getting there," Walk said.


Scott Borkgren - Daily American Republic