FMCC women suffer first defeat of season at nationals

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — After posting a 21-0 record through the regular season and Region III Tournament, the Fulton-Montgomery Community College women’s basketball team suffered its first defeat Thursday.

The second-seeded Raiders lost 72-50 to seventh-seeded Riverland in the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Tournament at Rochester Regional Sports Center.

FMCC led 31-28 at the half before Riverland outscored the Raiders 44-19 after the break to earn a spot in today’s semifinals.

Reana Schmitt had 25 points and 19 rebounds to lead Riverland (23-5 overall), while Nora Mecoleta finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Cayli Miles scores 13 points for Riverland and Camryn McQuery added 10 points and seven rebounds.

Abigail Lombardoni had 18 points to pace Fulton-Montgomery, while Kira Marquez finished with 13 points. Makenzie Smith (11) and Andie Gannon (10) also scored in double figures for the Raiders.

FMCC (21-1) will face either Community College of Rhode Island or Rochester in a consolation game Friday at 3 p.m.

Riverland will play Community College of Rhode Island or Rochester in a semifinal contest Friday at 8 p.m.

Riverland 16 12 18 26 — 72
FMCC 20 11 11 18 — 60
Riverland scoring: Miles 5-0-13, McQuery 5-0-10, Schmitt 9-7-29, Longhoma 2-0-5, Mecoleta 4-4-14, Holien 2-0-5. FMCC scoring: Marquez 4-4-13, Gannon 4-2-10, Lombardoni 7-0-18, Smith 5-1-11, Emanuel-Norwood 3-0-6, Querrie 1-0-2. Team totals: Riverland 27-11-72. FMCC 24-7-60.

HERKIMER — Less than 24 hours after dropping an 89-85 decision to 11th-seeded DuPage in the opening round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Tournament, the Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s basketball team was back in action Thursday.

The sixth-seeded Raiders dropped a 93-76 decision to seventh-seeded Butler County in a consolation game at Herkimer College.

Derrick Anderson scored 24 points and had 11 rebounds to lead Butler County (21-5 overall). Kevaughn Price had 21 points for Butler County, while Todd Simons finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Jason Baker added 10 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks for Butler County.

Kennyh Hardeman scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebound to lead FMCC, while Jelani Moreno finished with 13 points and six assists. Jaisan Parker scored 14 pounds and had seven rebounds off the bench for the Raiders, while Nahjhime Kirton had 10 points and five rebounds.

FMCC finished its season with a 20-8 overall record.

Halftime score: Butler County 44-38. FMCC scoring: Mateo 4-0-8, Hardeman 8-0-16, Moreno 6-0-13, Kirton 5-0-10, Brown 4-0-9, Butler 1-0-2, Parker 4-4-13, Holland 2-0-4, Butler County scoring: Simons 5-4-14, Baker 4-1-10, Watson 3-0-8, Anderson 9-6-24, Price 9-3-21, Loughry 2-0-6. Team totals: FMCC 34-4-76. Butler County 32-14-83.

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