The State Fair womens basketball team won the district championship on Friday, beating Iowa Western 67-53.
The win puts the Lady Roadrunners (21-8) in the NJCAA national tournament for the first time since 2011. State Fair will find out in the next couple of days who it will face in the first round of the national tournament which begins March 17 in Salina, Kan.
In the district title game, State Fair jumped ahead early with a 9-2 run to make it 20-13 and extended the lead to 31-18 before the Lady Reivers answered with a 9-0 run. State Fair led 39-38 at halftime before gradually building the lead in the second half, outscoring the Lady Rievers 28-15 in the final 20 minutes.
“It was a great second half,” said State Fair coach Kevin Bucher. “About the 10 minute mark they got a little tired and we were still running and gunning. That’s why we do all those runs. It pays off.”
State Fair had a 43-35 rebounding edge including 12 rebounds by Apiphany Woods. The Lady Roadrunners also had 15 assists and five steals.
As a team, State Fair shot 7 of 13 from 3-point range, including Adella Randle-El who shot 5 of 6.
“Adella had a great night, had huge shots and really played super well,” Bucher said.
Randle-El finished with 19 points. Antoinette Taylor scored 15 points and had four assists. Alecia Cooley had 14 points and Woods finished with eight.