After dropping their first six games of the year, the Lady Roadrunners have won two of three, losing Friday 85-48 to Moberly Area Community College in the Region 16 Showcase at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center in Sedalia.
As the team has worked to find its way, leadership roles have surfaced for State Fair Community College women’s basketball.
Lady Roadrunners sophomore Nadia Thorman-McKey, who averaged 10 points and six rebounds last season for NAIA Roosevelt University in Chicago, has been the most prolific scorer of a team that features no returning sophomores. She has scored nearly 20 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting.
SFCC freshman Ryann Haynes, who graduated high school at Cardinal Ritter in St. Louis, trails only Thorman-McKey in minutes per game, contributing 2.6 assists per contest and leading the squad with 1.6 steals per game. She also leads the team in 3-point attempts.
Laila McNeal, a freshman from Alton, Illinois, has demonstrated track-star speed in the backcourt, scoring about 10 points per game. Easy buckets have led to a team-high clip of 47-percent shooting.
Another St. Louis-area recruit, freshman Shawnta Johnson, appeared in the first two contests — scoring 11 points in a season-opening loss to Vincennes — but has not entered a game since an 11-minute showing Nov. 2 against Butler.
Lady Roadrunners freshman Darlisha Reed, who hails from Gavit High School in Indiana, is currently averaging a double-double of 15 points, 11 rebounds through eight games. She’s logged six double-doubles with at least 10 rebounds in all but one contest.
SFCC freshman Kaiya Braggs, of Ruston High School in Louisiana, has distributed a team-high three assists per contest, spelling Haynes in the backcourt to the tune of about 15 minutes each game.
Connor Watkins, who transferred from Mineral Area College and was valedictorian at Charleston High School, has been the most reliable 3-point shooter at 40 percent. Watkins also adds about three boards per game over an average of 15 minutes each contest.
Sanaa Mason, a freshman from Grandview High School appears most comfortable near the perimeter. She played 29 minutes in a loss Nov. 15, her most since the season-opening weekend, but was unavailable during two wins against John Wood and Southeastern.
Aleah Bell (Coral Springs High School, Florida), Paula Barrientos (Miami Christian School), Laterrani Thomas (The Colony High School, Texas) and Madison Lenz (Boonville) are hovering near the 10-minute mark, each attempting no more than two shots per game. A native of Chile, Barrientos represented the country in the FIBA South American U17 Championship for Women in 2017 and in the FIBA U18 Women’s Americas Championship in 2018.
The Lady Roadrunners (2-7) continue the Region 16 Showcase 5 p.m. Saturday hosting Jefferson College.
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