MOBERLY, MO. - Time ran out for the Lady Warriors here on Sunday. For the Wabash Valley College men, the game couldn’t end soon enough in the first road test for both clubs. A second half Lady Warriors rally could not be sustained in a 69-60 loss to Moberly. The Warriors spent the day trying to climb out of a hole in an 84-60 defeat.
Both teams fell to 1-1 with the loss. The men play next at Danville Area on Thursday. The women return to the Show Me state this weekend for the State Fair Classic in Sedalia, Mo. In the first game on Sunday, the Lady Warriors trailed by only two points at the half, 31-29. But, second half turnovers allowed Moberly to sprint away to an 18-point advantage. The Lady Warriors then made a run. “I felt like we fought back in the second half to get back in the game,” said coach Zach Loll. “We closed to within seven points but could not get any closer.” Moberly virtually shut down the inside game, holding the strongest part of the Lady Warrior attack to only eight points total. “That has got to get better,” Loll said. Giorgia Stringer led WVC with 16 points, followed by Brittany Andersen with 15. The Lady Warriors hit only two 3-point field goals all day, one each from Andersen and Brittnay Dozier. Morgan Vetter, a 5-foot-7 sophomore guard, led Moberly (3-0) with 14 points, with three field goals from beyond the arc line. Michael Wright, a 5-foot-10 freshman forward, added 13 points. The WVC men hung around early, pulling to within 9-7 on a rebound basket by Phillip Jackson four minutes into the game. Moberly (5-0) then went on 19-4 run and never looked back. Poor shooting plagued Wabash Valley throughout, notably in the first half when they pulled down nine offensive rebounds but could not close on enough of the inside second chances to get any closer than 38-27 at halftime. Things went from bad to worse in the second half, as the cumulative effects of 23 turnovers took their toll. A bright spot for WVC may have been the play of Alex Carr, a 6-foot-3 guard from Birmingham, Ala. He led the visitors with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Princeton’s Rontray Chavis added 12 points, and Tyrone Sherman 10. Evan Singletary, a 6-foot-1 freshman, finished game-high with 21 points. Zeke Williams added 18, and Mike Anderson 16. Moberly hit 11 3-balls, five by Singletary, and four by Williams. The Greyhounds are coached by former Warrior mentor Pat Smith, who succeeded another ex-WVC coach, Jay Spoonhour, now the head coach at Eastern Illinois University.