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By David Sharp
Linn County (3-0) used their quickness and overall team speed to take a Tri-County Conference girls’ game from Brashear (3-1, 0-1) by a 54-43 final score. The Lady Mustangs converted steals and turnovers, scoring numerous points on back door cuts and resulting lay-ups. Brashear started well and led 10-5 at one time during the first quarter.
The December 4 contest was close on the scoreboard through the first half. Linn County held a 24-22 halftime lead. The home standing Lady Mustangs led 24-18 before Brashear closed on a 6-0 run.
Linn County defended the floor well and reeled off a 15-9 third quarter run to a 39-31 lead. The Lady Mustangs sank seven fourth quarter free throws (9-17 overall) and claimed the conference victory by a 54-43 margin.
"Linn County came out and played the game at their pace," said Lady Tiger coach Sara Williams. "We just didn’t do a good job of stopping that block shot. We got out of rotation on defense. They are a lot quicker than us. Jamie Guffey is so quick with her hands and feet. We just didn’t play our game very well."
Meagan Nickell scored a game high 19 Linn County points. Jamie Guffey was in double figures with 16 points. Christina Scudder led Brashear with 14 points. Hailee Kelsey was in double figures with ten points.
Emily Ladwig scored eight Lady Tiger points. Caroline Slavin scored six points. Jessi Hill tossed in four points and Stephanie Elsea added one Brashear point.