Lady Raiders win by 71 points in 3rd straight blowout

Lady Raiders win by 71 points in 3rd straight blowout

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Three Rivers earned a third straight blowout win to open its season.

The Raiders beat Arkansas Baptist 112-41 on Saturday after winning its first two games, both against John A. Logan, by 50 and 45 points.

Through three games, Three Rivers is averaging 103.3 points, with Chaylea Mosby leading the team in scoring with 19.6 points per game.

After making six 3-pointers on Thursday against John A. Logan, Mosby let loose from distance again against Arkansas Baptist with a team-high four 3s and finished with 17 points.

Three Rivers (3-0) has had a different leading scorer in every game so far and finished with five players in double figures Saturday.

"We have a lot of depth. If Myia or Chaylea aren't making shots, it's OK," Three Rivers coach Alex Wiggs said. "It's one of those deals where you are going to get opportunities."

Ahniya Melton led the team with 21 points after netting nine in a high-scoring third quarter. Melton went into Saturday's game with one total point over 38 minutes of playing time in the Raiders' first two games.

"Tonight, she let it come to her, once she saw her first field goal of the year go in the hole ... you just saw a huge sigh of relief," Wiggs said. "I think she just needed one to go in."

The Raiders led 47-15 at halftime, then poured it on with 39 points in the third, padding their lead by another 28 points.

Autumn Dodd had her highest scoring game as a Raider with 20 points, including a pair of 3s. Dodd previously scored 18 points in a win against State Fair last season and was 3 for 8 shooting in both games this year against John A. Logan.

"Autumn got started off early," Wiggs said. "The confidence started going, got to the basket really well. There was one transition bucket, I think it was 3 on 1, and she pulled up and knocked down (a jumper). She relaxed and let everything come to her."

Myia Yelder finished with 15 points, including a team-high five free throws, and Hya Haywood got 11.

Kierra Mitchell had 16 points to lead Arkansas Baptist (0-2) after going 6 for 6 on free throws.

Poplar Bluff alumna Abby Turner got her first start as a Raider with Jamiyah Thomas out with an injury and finished with four points. Ellington's Gracie Price had five points, including a three-point play.

The Raiders play at St. Louis Community College on Wednesday for their third road game in a row and will return to the Libla Family Sports Complex Feb. 6 to host Arkansas Baptist. The first Region XVI game of the season is also at the Libla against State Fair.


Scott Borkgren - Daily American Republic