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Lady Mustangs Advance To Championship Game
By David Sharp
Brashear (6-12) could not get past a tough Marion County defense and dropped a 62-42 decision in the girls’ championship semi-finals of the 80th Annual Brashear Tournament.
The Lady Tigers fought back from a 36 point deficit in the fourth quarter, outscoring Marion County 19-3 against Lady Mustang second unit players.
Marion County (18-2, ranked fifth in Missouri girls Class 1) jumped out to a 9-3 lead with 4:35 remaining in the first quarter. The Lady Mustang press paid dividends, helping Marion County build a 21-5 lead after one period.
The Lady Mustangs outscored their hosts 16-6 in the second period for a 37-11 halftime lead. Marion County led 59-23 after three quarters of play.
Brashear stopped the running clock at the 2:18 mark of the fourth quarter, trailing 61-34. The Lady Tigers played to the end, closing on an 8-1 run.
“We came out with intensity, but they just out hustled us,” commented Lady Tiger coach Heath Schneider. “They took the press off and we put 19 points on the board in the fourth quarter.”
Marion County held an 18-12 advantage in team steals. Jessica Redd led all scorers with 24 Marion County points. Morgan Spratt scored ten points with four assists.
Marion County out rebounded the Lady Tigers 30-28. Brashear shot 35% from the field, and turned the ball over 31 times to 21 for Marion County.
Randi Lee Plunkett scored nine points. Jordan Johnson scored eight points with five steals. Abby McKim led the Lady Tigers with 19 points. Macy Rogers was in double figures with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Stephanie Elsea scored four points. Shelby Rogers scored three BHS points and Sydney Slavin added two points. The Lady Tigers took on defending champion North Shelby for third place.