Canton Surges Past Hosts for La Plata Tournament Title; North Shelby Claims Third

The Canton Lady Tigers used a big third quarter surge to win their first La Plata Tournament title since 2020, while the North Shelby Lady Raiders claimed the third place trophy on Saturday.

Canton defeated the host La Plata Lady Bulldogs 53-38 in the championship game. The game started with the Lady Bulldogs opening up an 11-2 lead. The Lady Tigers then countered with a 20-3 run to grab early control. La Plata’s Claire Coy disrupted that run on the first half’s final sequence.

Colin Schowe with the call on KTCM 97.3 and centralmoinfo.com. The Lady Bulldogs carried that momentum into the third quarter by grabbing the lead on a pair of baskets by Coy and a bucket by Ashlynn Lewis. Macie Fisher responded with a three-pointer to restore the Canton advantage. The Lady Tigers expanded their lead from there. Allie Ruffcorn provided the big blow in the third after a series of offensive rebounds by Canton.

Nine different Lady Tigers scored in the game. Chayse Uhlmeyer and Macy Glasgow both scored 12 to lead the balanced attack. Coach Danielle Baker said she liked the way her team responded to adversity in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, the Lady Tigers held La Plata’s high-powered offense to just ten field goals in the game. Coy was the lone Lady Bulldog in double figures with 19. Coach Chad Ziegler said he liked his team’s effort despite the defeat.

Canton improves to 14-8 while La Plata drops to 16-3.

The third place game saw the North Shelby Lady Raiders hold off multiple comeback attempts from Scotland County for a 57-46 win. The Lady Raiders used an 11-0 in the third quarter to open up their largest lead at 14 points. However, the Lady Tigers responded to cut the deficit to one in the fourth quarter. Ally Rich answered with a big shot for the Lady Raiders.

Rich also went 4-4 from the free throw line in the final quarter to help close out the victory. Harper Copenhaver led the Lady Raiders with 16 points. Coach Chris Parsons said she played an equally valuable role on the defensive end.

Kwyn Hamlin led the Lady Tigers with 17 points. A total of seven different players scored for Scotland County. Coach Cory Shultz said that scoring depth increased scoring opportunities for Hamlin.

Scotland County falls to 3-14 while North Shelby runs its record to 13-8. You can hear full postgame interviews with the coaches online at centralmoinfo.com.

Canton coach Danielle Baker

North Shelby coach Chris Parsons

La Plata coach Chad Ziegler

Scotland County coach Cory Shultz