The Clark County Lady Indians won their Wednesday night Class 3 sectional matchup against Lutheran St. Charles. The game was played at the Moberly Area Community College Activity Center in Moberly.
The large gym was more than half-full of Monroe City and Montgomery City fans attending the boys game. When they left following Montgomery City's 90-70 win, what was left of the crowd was nearly all in red and gray. Very few Luthern St. Charles fans made the trip to Moberly.
Both teams started slowly, and both had several missed shots. At the 4:56 mark in the first quarter, Keelie O'Brien hit a baseline shot off an inbound pass, but it was not allowed because the clock had not started. The officials took six seconds off the clock and gave Clark County the ball to inbound again.
LCS led 12-10 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, LCS built a 19-12 lead before the Lady Indians responded with seven unanswered points, finishing the half with an 11-1 run to take a 23-20 lead.
Carissa Bevans broke the ice in the third quarter, nailing a three pointer. The Lady Indians rolled off seven points in the first two minutes of the quarter, and outscored LSC 15-3 as the Lady Indian defense started to press.
After three quarters, Clark County held a comfortable 38-23 lead.
They kept the press on in the fourth quarter, allowing only six more LSC points, four of which came at the free throw line. In the end, the Lady Indians came away with a 48-29 win.
"It's a big win. Any time you're in the post-season, and able to move on, it's exciting. We didn't play well in stretches, and in other stretches we played very well and opened the game up. Then our defense clamped down and held them to nine points in the second half," said Coach John Weaver.
"In the second half, we extended our defense and pressed. Tessa put a lot of pressure on the ball, and Keelie and Jenna did a good job denying the inbound. We probably should have done it earlier, but didn't, and then we got in foul trouble and couldn't. But that's what our defense is capable of.
"Carissa Bevans had a huge game," Weaver added. "She got us going offensively. We were struggling a the rim, and she even missed two or three easy shots. Then she hit a couple and got us going in transition. And then the defense took over."
Bevans led Clark County with 20 points. Maggie Schutte had nine, and Abby Brown had seven. Tressa Campbell has six points, Linzi Sedore had three, and Keelie O'Brien had two points. Aubry Boulware rounded out the Lady Indian scoring with one point.
The Lady Indians play Lutheran North at Warrantor High School at 2:30pm Saturday.
Here is a video of the fourth quarter.