November 28, 2022
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Roane St. Lady Raiders basketball team opened the 2022-23 season on Nov. 1 with an 82-42 home win over the University of the Cumberlands JV.
Since then, they’ve done nothing but win.
On Monday, the team closed out Nov. with a 70-44 win over the Johnson University JV. The win marked their ninth victory in a row, an accomplishment that has not occurred in a least 20 years... if ever.
Sophomore guard Macy Kirby scored a season-high 16-points to lead the Lady Raiders in the win. Sophomore post Kirby Brown scored her fourth double-double of the season with 17 rebounds and twelve points and sophomore guard Bralyn McGaha added a dozen more in the win.
The Lady Raiders opened up to a 21-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The lead was cut by two points as the teams went to the halftime locker room, with Roane St. maintaining the lead, 30-21.
By the end of the third period, Roane St. preserved a 48-35 lead.
In the fourth, Johnson went on a run and cut the Lady Raiders’ lead to single digits. But single digits was as close as they would get as the Roane women poured it on down the stretch to take home a 70-44 win.
The team continues to stand out in the category of free throws, connecting on 81.8-percent (9-11) of their attempts against Johnson.
For the season, the Lady Raiders rank fifth nationally in free throw percentage, sinking 75.8-percent of their attempts from the charity stripe.
Sophomore guard Macy Kirby’s 94.4-percent free throw average ranks her tops in the TCCAA and second among all players in the NJCAA.
As for overall shooting, the Lady Raiders turned in a better effort than in recent outings. The team scored on 48.3-percent (28-58) of their field goal attempts, including a 31.3-percent (5-16) performance from beyond the arc.
The Lady Raiders currently lead the TCCAA in field goal percentage (44.3), free throw percentage (75.8) and are second in three-point field goal percentage (29.1).
The Roane women are also tops in the conference in steals, with 13.7 per game
Roane St. has a chance to make their record 10-0 this Wednesday evening as they return to conference play at No. 24 Chattanooga St.
Like Roane St., the Lady Tigers come in to the game undefeated with an 8-0 overall record and a 4-0 conference mark. The Lady Raiders enter the game 9-0 and 3-0 in conference.
The winner of Wednesday’s game will likely gain an upper hand in the early season race for the TCCAA title.
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