POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – The Mineral Area women’s basketball team was completely overmatched during its opening game of the Region 16 schedule on Saturday.

Ge’Naisha Robinson totaled 18 steals with four steals, and Michael Everhart scored 15 as a resurgent Three Rivers program rolled 78-44 to its 13th consecutive win.

The Lady Raiders (15-2, 1-0) generated 31 points off 22 Mineral Area turnovers, including numerous transition layups, and limited their opposition to just 27 percent shooting for the game.

Three Rivers never trailed and built a 21-5 cushion on a 3-pointer by Olivia Crane to begin the second quarter after a nifty pass from Kaylee Heggemann to Markeia Porter completed the first.

Offensive chemistry was lacking for the Lady Cardinals (8-7, 0-1) from the outset. They ended the first period just 2-of-12 from the field with six turnovers.

Shelby Moon and Dominika Skrocka each made two 3-pointers during the second quarter, but those baskets were promptly answered at the other end.

Everhart also connected twice from long range, and Three Rivers surged into halftime with a 37-19 lead that was never in jeopardy.

Freshman center Olivia White provided a bright spot for Mineral Area with 12 points and 11 rebounds, including a putback for one of her three scoring plays in the third quarter.

But all-region guard Hayley Winter was stifled by the Three Rivers defense, going scoreless on 0-of-8 shooting while notching five assists over 27 minutes.

Mineral Area also struggled during her brief rest in the third quarter, however, with four miscues within a span of five possessions.

A triple by freshman Olivia Casey highlighted a 12-3 spurt later on, but not before Robinson converted back-to-back steals into uncontested layups for a 53-21 margin.

Robinson followed a made jumper with another steal and score with about six minutes to play, and threes by Porter and Everhart made it 76-37.

Three Rivers made 14-of-18 free throws, and enjoyed a 39-27 rebounding edge.

Skrocka had nine points and Makenzy Smith added six for Mineral Area, which travels next to John A. Logan on Wednesday.

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

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