MOBERLY, MISSOURI: The Royals traveled to Moberly, Missouri, for their second matchup against the Central Christian College of the Bible Saints this season. Previously this season, the Royals beat the Saints at home 63-49. This game, after leading 32-26 at halftime, the Royals won 74-55. For the second game in a row, every one of the Royals scored at least 2 points. Grace now stands at 9-10 this season.
The Royals gained an early 5-0 advantage over the Saints, which they held onto until the Saints came back to tie the score at 9 with two minutes left in the first quarter. By the end of the first quarter, the Royals were down 12-14. The Royals tied the score at 14 early in the second quarter, and the two teams exchanged baskets until the Royals took the lead with seven minutes left in the half. Grace extended their lead to 6 points by halftime and entered the second half with a 32-26 advantage.
In the second half, the Royals continued to build up their lead, extending it to 16 points at 49-33 with just under six minutes left in the third quarter, and by the end of the quarter, they led 61-39. The Royals held onto their lead in the fourth quarter, building it up to as many as 23 points, and finished the game with a 74-55 advantage.
The Royals shot 38% from the field (27 of 71), 30.8% from the 3-point line (12 of 39), and 80% from the free throw line (8 of 10) while holding the Saints to 32.8% from the field (22 of 67), 26.9% from the 3-point line (7 of 26), and 44.4% from the free throw line (4 of 9). The Royals has 22 points off turnovers, 12 second-chance points, 20 points in the paint, and 17 bench points, while the Saints had 15 points off turnovers, 14 second-chance points, and 18 points in the paint. The Royals had 47 rebounds and 17 assists to the Saints' 45 rebounds and 13 assists.
Each one of the Royals scored at least two points, led by Marisa Brown with 19 points and 13 rebounds for her seventh double-double this season. Karen Orozco contributed 17 points and 5 rebounds, while Loretta Gamboe contributed a career-high 10 points. Darielle Evans had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals, and Tschida Johnson had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Alyssa Strickland contributed 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Majesty Pelletier had 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Jasmine White had 2 points and 2 rebounds.
Two of the Saints scored in double digits. Karrisa Baber had 19 points, and Crystal Eureste had 11 points.
UP NEXT: The Royals will play the Nebraska Christian College Sentinels on Tuesday, January 16, starting at 7 p.m. in the D.J. Sokol Arena in downtown Omaha.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff