MOBERLY, Mo. – Sophomore center Anisha George dominated inside with 22 points, and powered a big third quarter as the unbeaten Moberly women handled Mineral Area 80-47 on Saturday.
The seventh-ranked Lady Greyhounds (20-0, 3-0) pulled away with a 20-4 run that spanned nearly seven minutes and included three field goals from George.
Carnethia Brown bookended the outburst by first attacking the rim on a drive, then by receiving an outlet pass in transition for a 64-32 separation.
Mineral Area (12-6, 2-2) jumped in front 8-5 following a 3-pointer by Madison Reynolds, who later raced to beat the first-quarter buzzer with a runner off the glass.
But the visiting Lady Cardinals were unable to slow down Moberly, which surged ahead 28-18 on a pair of triples by Brianna Perry. George posted up to help her team lead 39-25 at halftime.
Allie Golden hit a driving layup and Tyeshia Mitchell banked in a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter for Mineral Area, but Angelica Wiggins restored a 76-42 lead on a jumper with 4:50 to play.
Brown finished with 15 points while Jocelyn Taylor and Perry had eight apiece for the Lady Greyhounds, who closed the game by inducing four MAC turnovers during its last six possessions.
Reynolds paced the Lady Cardinals with 11 points, including nine in the first half. Golden and Mitchell finished with eight points each.
Leading scorer Holly Forbes was limited without a made field goal until sinking back-to-back shots late in the third quarter.
Makenzy Smith entered the game ranked second in the nation in free-throw percentage, and made both attempts Saturday while improving to 38-of-40 on the season.