The Centralia Lady Panthers won their host tournament Friday by holding off the Moberly Lady Spartans 62-57. Centralia led 51-33 after three quarters before the Lady Spartans scored eight of the first nine points in the fourth. A Haley Baker three cut the deficit to single digits but Raegan Anderson provided an immediate answer.
Austin Ward with the call on KRES and centralmoinfo.com. Moberly stayed in it and cut the deficit to three with five seconds left on a Grace Billington three, but freshman Ryenn Gordon hit two free throws to ice the game for coach Megan Brinkmann’s Lady Panthers.
The two teams exchanged leads to start and Centralia held an 18-16 advantage after one quarter. The Lady Panthers outscored Moberly 18-9 in the second quarter and continued stretching the lead in the third.
Moberly coach Tony Vestal believes that third quarter is where his team lost the game.
Centralia had four finish in double figures with Braylin Brunkhorst’s 19 leading the way. Anderson finished with 11. Ross and Gordon each ended with 10. Moberly’s Asa Fanning reached a career milestone.
Fanning had 17 points while Grace Billington led with 21. Moberly falls to 4-1 while Centralia moves to 5-1.
In other girls trophy games, the 3rd place game featured a strong finish for the Boonville Lady Pirates as they took down the Salisbury Lady Panthers 64-55. Neither side led by more than four points at the end of the first three quarters. Boonville trailed 49-48 early in the fourth before sophomore Effie Morris put her team back ahead.
Steven Findley Jr., with the call. Morris had 10 of her 14 points in the quarter. Senior Zoe Davis exploded for 11 points in the second half. Coach Jared Runyon liked the grit his team displayed in the win.
Salisbury’s Julia Sloan put up a valiant effort, leading the team with 16 points and a handful of boards. Coach Chloe Billington.
Boonville improves to 3-1 with Salisbury falling to 3-2.
The Macon Tigerettes erased an early deficit but couldn’t hold on in a 68-54 defeat to the North Callaway Ladybirds in the consolation championship game. North Callaway got out to a 14-5 lead before Macon scored 11 of the final 17 first quarter points to trail by just four. The Tigerettes started hitting from distance in the second.
Ella Barnett hit three triples total in the frame and finished with 11 points while Reece Barnett netted two threes and scored a team-high 15. Macon led 35-31 at half. North Callaway hit a three to take a 43-42 lead midway through the third quarter and never trailed after that. The Ladybirds went on a 14-3 run in the fourth after Macon brought it within two. The Tigerettes made 19-of-23 free throws and coach Thomas Kirkland said that’s been an improvement.
Natalie Shryock hit a game-high 26 points for North Callaway. Riley Blevins put in 21. The Ladybirds are 3-2 and Macon falls to 2-5.
Centralia coach Megan Brinkmann:
Moberly coach Tony Vestal:
Boonville coach Jared Runyon:
Salisbury coach Chloe Billington:
Macon coach Thomas Kirkland: