Racing for the Chance: Roadrunners Women’s Basketball Narrows in on a Final Bid for the Postseason

Elizabeth Chavez had 16 points and six rebounds to lead Linn-Benton Community College past Clark in NWAC South Region women's basketball action Saturday afternoon. Photo Courtesy of LBCC News Service

Linn-Benton Women’s Basketball has only two games left in the season; and have more on the line in these two games than in recent history. The Roadrunners are 19-8 overall, with a 8-6 record in division, and stand just two games behind Mt. Hood Community College for the fourth and final spot in the playoffs; The Saint Bernards have a 10-6 record in division.

Just ahead of these two are the Lane Community College Titans, who hold an overall record of 21-6, with an in-division record of 10-4. Coincidentally, these two are the Roadrunners’ last two opponents. Both are a must win if they intend on making it to the postseason, barring a complete collapse from Mt. Hood.

Luckily for the Roadrunners, the team plays the Titans at home for their home season finale. In their only match this season, the two teams battled it out until the final buzzer, with the Titans edging out the Roadrunners 60-59. This was despite a combined 32 points from Amyr Lowe and Elizabeth Chavez, coupled with a monster ten blocks from Allison Killion. LBCC is hungry for revenge, and the titans may not find themselves so lucky when the buzzer sounds. The Runners have a 10-3 record when playing at home this year, and the sophomores will be playing in their final home game.

Against the Saint Bernards, the story is almost the opposite, as LBCC was able to steal away their first contest 48-46. Megan Wagner and Amyr Lowe were able to lead the way with 10 and 17 points respectively, complemented by hustle defense with nine steals and five blocks. It was a narrow win with mistakes and setbacks such as Lowes 3-13 from the field, and the bench holding only three reserves; but the team held on. Their final game will be on the road, and may prove to be the Roadrunners win or go home game for their ticket to the playoffs, so the competition will prove to be higher than ever.

It’s a true nail biter as the 2019-2020 regular season ends even quicker than it started. The team is more than ready to sneak their way into a postseason berth, but it will take determination and focus in two final games, against two final opponents that make every single possession count. The sophomores want it, the fans want it, and everyone in the program wants it, so it will be an intriguing finish to an already successful season of Lady Roadrunner basketball.

Story by Cam Hanson

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