MOBERLY, Mo. – A spirited rally sparked by perimeter shooting and effective defensive pressure could not rescue the Mineral Area women from three rough quarters on Saturday night.

Anisha George scored 12 of her 14 points before halftime, and Carnethia Brown added 13 as Region 16 rival Moberly rode a dominant start past the Lady Cardinals 68-59.

Romekia Wallace corralled 10 rebounds for Moberly (20-5, 4-3), which mostly shut down the Lady Cardinals’ ability to penetrate or create second shots near the basket.

Mineral Area (10-13, 1-5) was limited to six field goals in the first half, and faced an eventual 58-27 deficit late in the third quarter.

Olivia White posted team highs with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Cardinals, who steadily stormed back with a 25-6 run that spanned seven minutes.

Dominika Skrocka drilled a 3-pointer as the third period expired, and MAC connected on six more triples during the fourth, including a pair by freshman Shelby Moon.

Consecutive threes from Khiandra Perry and Laura Dick capped an 11-0 run, and the Lady Greyhounds committed an ensuing series of turnovers without crossing the midcourt stripe.

Hayley Winter joined the perimeter parade, and Moon struck for the second time off an immediate steal to suddenly make the margin 61-53 with 3:04 remaining

Wallace answered with a powerful 3-point play following a MAC traveling violation, and Brown added a mid-range jumper to secure the outcome.

Moberly trailed only once at 5-3, but followed with an 11-0 run, including three straight baskets from George in the post.

Brown sank a jumper to make it 26-9, and finished a driving layup ahead of the halftime buzzer as the margin increased to 36-16.

Allie Golden matched Skrocka with nine points for Mineral Area, which will continue region play at Jefferson on Wednesday.

Winter finished with 10 assists.

Matt King is the sports editor for the Daily Journal. Contact him at mking@dailyjournalonine.com

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