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(5/15/20)  Meet the 2020-2021 Lady Cardinals...




(4/7/20)  Masyn McWilliams named All-American.  Sophomore guard Masyn McWilliams was named to the All-American team today.  She averaged 19.5 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Lady Cardinals.  She will play Division I basketball for SIU-Edwardsville in the 2020/2021 season.  For a list of all of the NJCAA Women's All-American's click below.

NJCAA All-Americans

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(3/25/20)  Gary Koch named to 2020 MBCA Hall of Fame class.  Gary Koch was named to the MBCA Hall of Fame.  Here is the release from the MBCA:

"With more than 600 wins, Coach Gary Koch, has proven time and time again that he produces on the basketball court. Coach Koch has had coaching stops at Jefferson College (as an assistant), and as a head coach at the following Missouri high schools: Ste. Genevieve, Valle Catholic, St. Pius X, Festus, and Pacific.  He is the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Mineral Area College and has been for 14 years.  During this time his teams have won two Regional Championships and three Conference Championships.  He has also coached nine All-Americans and 22 Academic All-Americans.  His team has been ranked as high as 9th in the nation. Coach Shawn Erickson expands, “Coach Koch has dedicated over 40 years of his life growing the game of basketball in the state of Missouri. His passion for teaching the game the right way and caring about teaching his players to become good citizens will leave lasting impressions on the players and coaches he has worked with over his career.”

2020 MBCA Hall of Fame Class

(3/25/20)  Three MAC sophomores sign to play at 4-year schools.  The women's basketball team had an excellent season fueled by the play of these three sophomore's who have signed to continue their career at the next level.  Keanna Williams will play at NOVA Southeastern, Natalia Lalic has signed at Indiana State and Masyn McWilliams will play at SIU-Edwardsville. 

Masyn McWilliams will play for SIUE next season

Natalia Lalic will play for the Indiana State Sycamores next season.

Keanna Williams will play at NOVA-Southeastern next year

(3/2/20)  Cardinals earn post-season honors.  Three MAC women's basketball players earned all-region honors for this season.  Click on the link below to see the entire list of all-region players from Region 16.

Women's All Region

(2/28/20)  MAC falls to Three Rivers in Region 16 Tournament.  The Cardinals lost to the Raiders last night in Jefferson City by the score of 89-68.  This ends their season at 19-10. 

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(2/27/20)  Region 16 Tournament this week for Lady Cardinals.  The Lady Cardinals played two games this past week. First, they traveled to Jefferson College for a makeup game against the Vikings. MAC defeated Jefferson College by the score of 73-68. Then, on Saturday, the Cards played their last game of the regular season in Sedalia, MO against State Fair Community College. Mineral Area defeated the Roadrunners by the score of 74-58. They finish the regular season with a 19-9 overall record and a 6-4 record in Region 16. MAC won the Region 16 Play-in game on Tuesday night at home against State Fair by the score of 74-59.

The Lady Cardinals will play in the Region 16 Tournament this week. The Lady Cards advanced to the semifinals in Jefferson City and will play against #2 Three Rivers on Thursday at 6:00pm. If the Cards win on Thursday, they will advance to the Region 16 Championship game at 2:00pm on Saturday against the winner of Moberly/Jefferson. Good luck Lady Cards!

(2/19/20) Mineral Area signs Kayleigh Winch.  MAC Women's Basketball signed Kayleigh Winch from North County to play basketball for the 2020-2021 season.  Kayleigh was a standout for the Raiders with 1,500 total points and a career-high 40 point performance.



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(2/17/20) Lady Cards fall to Three Rivers in Poplar Bluff.  The Lady Cardinals played in Poplar Bluff on Saturday and lost to the Lady Raiders by the score of 78-50.  Keanna Williams led MAC with 13 points.  They are currently 17-8 overall and 4-3 in Region 16. 

First, the Lady Cards will take on Jefferson College today on President’s Day in Hillsboro, MO at 2:00.  Then, the Cardinals take on a tough Iowa Western team on Tuesday, the 18th in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Then on Saturday, the Lady Cardinals will finish out their regular season with a road game against the State Fair Lady Road Runners in Sedalia, MO. 

(2/13/20)  Lady Cardinals will play Jeffco Monday.  The makeup game with the Vikings will take place on Monday, in Hillsboro, at 2:00. 

(1/27/20)  Lady Cardinals win on Homecoming night.  MAC defeated State Fair on Saturday night by the score of 92-58.  With the win, Mineral Area improves to 15-7 overall and 3-2 in the Region.  They will be back in action on Wednesday, at John A. Logan starting at 5:00 p.m.


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(1/22/20) The Lady Cardinals will play at 4:30 tonight.  Due to the latest weather forecast, the game with St. Louis Community College has been moved up to 4:30 in St. Louis.

(1/16/20)  Briley Palmer named Head Basketball Coach.  The Mineral Area College Board of Trustees has approved the hiring of Briley Palmer as head basketball coach effective July 1st.  She will take over for longtime head coach Gary Koch is who retiring at the end of this season.  Briley comes from Farmington, MO where she helped lead the Knights to their first-ever state championship game appearance.  Briley played basketball here at MAC under head coach Gary Koch and also has been his assistant here for the last eight seasons.  She played and graduated from Christian Brothers College in Memphis, Tennessee.  Briley is married to Jimmy Palmer who is the head basketball coach at North County High School and they have two daughters, Dayton and Nola. 


(12/30/10)  The Lady Cardinals play at home against Three Rivers on Saturday.  Mineral Area is 11-4 on the season and has a 5-0 record in Region 16.  They defeated Grand Rapids (69-51) and Malcolm X (76-32) over the weekend. 


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(12/11/19)  MAC is 9-3 on the season.  The Women’s Basketball team traveled Poplar Bluff this weekend to play in the 2nd Region 16 Classic. The Lady Cards had an outstanding weekend beating all three of their opponents. Friday, 12/6, MAC tipped-off against Jefferson College. The Lady Cards won 74-58 and were led in scoring by Masyn McWilliams with 23 points. State Fair was the Cards next opponent on Saturday. The Roadrunners had no answer for the Cardinals stellar defense that forced 27 turnovers. MAC won 83-57 and was led in scoring again by Masyn McWilliams with 15 points and Jada Manase with 13 points. The final game of the weekend was against Crowder on Sunday. MAC finished the sweep by beating Crowder 67-56. Masyn McWilliams led the Cardinals in scoring again for the 3rd straight game with 19 points.


(11/26/19)  Strong start to the season for the Lady Cardinals. The Women’s Basketball team traveled to Sedalia on Friday and Saturday.  The Region 16 Classic was hosted by St. Fair and the Lady Cards finished with 2 impressive wins. On Friday, 11/22, the Lady Cards beat the #20th ranked Three Rivers Raiders, 61-60.  The Cardinals were led in scoring by Rionne Papa with 16 points. On Saturday, 11/23 the Lady Cards beat Moberly 64-62. MAC was led in scoring by Natalia Lalic with 16 points and Ruby Benn had 15points. The Lady Cardinals are 6-1 on the season and this week received votes in the NJCAA National Poll. Congrats Ladies.

The Lady Cardinals will travel to Council Bluffs, IA to play in the Iowa Western Classic on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, 11/29, MAC will play Kirkwood CC starting at 5 pm and on Saturday, 11/30, they will play Western Nebraska at 3 pm.


(11/19/19)  Women's Basketball now 4-1 to start the season.  The Women’s Basketball team traveled to Mississippi this past weekend to play in the NWMS Classic. On Thursday, 11/14, the Lady Cards beat Mississippi Delta, 75-53. The Cardinals were led in scoring by Natalia Lalic with 19 points and Angela Sorrell with 10 points. On Friday, 11/15/ the Lady Cards lost their first game of the season against Northwest Mississippi, 50-61. MAC was led in scoring by Rionne Papa with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Cardinals are 4-1 on the season.

The Lady Cardinals will travel to Sedalia, MO to play in the Region 16 Classic on Friday and Saturday. On Friday 11/22, MAC will play Three Rivers starting at 5 pm and on Saturday 11/23, they will play Moberly at 3 pm.


(11/13/19)  MAC now 3-0 after defeating John A. Logan.  The Women’s Basketball team had their first home game on 11/9, against John A. Logan.  The MAC Women dominated the game beating to Volunteers, 101 to 55. Leading scorers were: Masyn McWilliams 18 points, Tyeshia Mitchell 17 points, and Rionne Papa 13 points.  The Lady Cardinals are now 3-0 on the season.

The Lady Cardinals will travel to Senatobia, MS, on November 14th and 15th, to compete in the NWMS Classic.  The Lady Cards will face Delta on Thursday at 3pm and Northwest Mississippi on Friday at noon.

(11/5/19)  Lady Cards 2-0.  The Women’s Basketball team opened their season this weekend in Popular Bluff. On Saturday, the Lady Cards faced Southeastern IL and won a nail-bitter by the score of 73-71. Masyn McWilliams led the Cardinals with 22 points. On Sunday, 11/2, MAC beat Olney Central 79-55. MAC was led in scoring by Natalia Lalic with 18 points and Rionne Papa finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds. The Lady Cards are 2-0 on the season.

The Lady Cardinals home opener will be this Saturday, 11/9, against John A. Logan. Tip-off will be at 1 pm.

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(10/30/19)  Lady Cardinals ready to start season.  The 2019-2020 season starts this Saturday and Sunday in Poplar Bluff at the Three Rivers Classic. MAC will play Southeastern, IL on Saturday and Olney Central on Sunday. Game times are 1pm both days.

(10/17/19)  Midnight Madness is October 29th.  This year's Midnight Madness theme will be "Halloween Hoopla".  Read more about this with the attached flyer.


(9/13/19)  Women's Basketball schedule released.  The Lady Cardinals will officially begin their season on Saturday, November 2nd, at 1 pm against Southeastern Illinois.  They will play against Olney Central on Sunday, November 3rd, at 1 pm.  MAC will play pre-season scrimmages on October 12th, 19th, and 26th