PARK HILLS – Establishing a dominant post presence was key for Moberly to defeat the Mineral Area women’s basketball team 64-53 on Saturday.
The Lady Cardinals finished with 33 team rebounds, compared to 42 by the Greyhounds, further illustrating the interior advantage.
Carnethia Brown posted a team-high 14 points for Moberly (17-5, 1-2), and Anna Stewart notched 10 of her 12 points in the second quarter.
Anisha George, who hauled in a game-high nine rebounds, equaled Brianna Perry with eight points each.
Hayley Winter ended with 17 points, six assists, and four steals for the Lady Cardinals. Allie Golden recorded 10 points and six rebounds.
The differential peaked in the third quarter with Moberly moving ahead 42-25 after scoring on its first four possessions.
Mineral Area (9-10, 1-3) battled back with an 8-0 run shortly after freshman Olivia White entered the game to deliver a defensive wall near the rim.
The gap was narrowed to single digits at 42-33 by a jump shot from Makenzy Smith four minutes into the third.
Full-court pressure enforced by Mineral Area provided hope late in the game, but its guards struggled to convert shots from long distance.
The Lady Cardinals hustled in the closing two minutes, but Moberly controlled the clock by holding the ball to deny a comeback bid.
MAC was disrupted offensively by full-court pressure early on, but excelled at intercepting cross-court passes from the Greyhounds.
The first quarter ended with Dominika Skrocka draining a 3-pointer to stay within 17-12 despite a 10-2 rebounding margin that favored Moberly.
The Lady Cardinals found unfavorable results, however, while relying on jump shots in the second quarter.
The Greyhounds attacked in transition late in the period to produce an 8-0 spurt, and entered halftime up 34-23 following a 3-pointer by Perry.
Both teams ran the fast break with urgency with active hands on defense, but Moberly capitalized far more often. The Greyhounds pounded the ball inside to maintain its edge in the fourth quarter.
Neither side was efficient from the free-throw line. Mineral Area made just 5-of-15 while Moberly converted 11-of-21 attempts.