Posted: Saturday, 01 December 2012 12:08AM

Sophomore’s 3-point barrage boosts West Plains

Fair Grove, Mo. (  -- Cassidy Johnson caught fire on Friday night, and the West Plains Lady Zizzers captured the title of the 32nd annual Fair Grove Girls Basketball Invitational.

The West Plains sophomore scored a game-high 26, 18 of which came on 3-pointers. She made four treys alone in a third-quarter onslaught that enabled the Lady Zizzers to pull away from Fair Grove on their way to a 72-52 victory.


“She’s capable of shooting like that and when she’s on, we want to try to get the ball in her hands,” said West Plains coach Scott Womack. “That third quarter she had probably made the difference in the game.”

DeAmbra Pilkinton’s 3-pointer got Fair Grove within 39-30 early in the third quarter. Then, Johnson went off.

Benefiting from a couple of set play calls, Johnson made three consecutive 3-pointers that put West Plains up 48-34.

“We knew she could score, but man, she lit us up in the third quarter,” said Fair Grove coach Jenny Talbert. “Womack should be happy she’s only a sophomore. She’s a great shooter. And in that third quarter we went about eight possessions where they scored every time, and you can’t do that against a team like West Plains.”

Fair Grove was stuck on the 10-point mark from late in the first quarter until Pilkinton made two free throws nearly three minutes into the second. By then, Fair Grove was trailing 26-12 after the Lady Zizzers had scored 15 unanswered points.

The Lady Eagles cut into West Plains’ sizeable lead and trailed only 30-23 at halftime.

“We wanted to get it under 10 points going into halftime,” Talbert said. “We made a good run. The group that was out there did a good job playing defense and made some shots. That’s what we needed, we needed to get on a roll.

“Then, we came out in the third quarter and the Johnson show started.”

Pilkinton scored 25 for Fair Grove, and Morgan Kensinger and Shelby Morrow had 10 points apiece.

All-state guard Andi Haney had 22 points for West Plains, but she had to earn just about every one of them.

“She was pretty sore after this game,” Womack said. “It was a physical game and they really were up on her. But she still made things happen for us even when she wasn’t scoring. She got into the lane and dished out to some open teammates.”

West Plains 72, Fair Grove 52
Fair Grove 10 13 19 10 --- 52
West Plains 13 17 24 18 --- 72

Fair Grove – DeAmbra Pilkinton 25, Shelby Morrow 10, Morgan Kensinger 10, Bailey Weaver 3, Katie Wood 2, Samantha Orr 2
West Plains – Cassidy Johnson 26, Andi Haney 22, Hannah Riggs 13, Shelby Acklin 8, Kortnee Long 3

Other games

Catholic 50, Hartville 48
Hartville 8 17 6 17 --- 48
Catholic 21 5 16 8 --- 50

Hartville – Meagan O’Dell 12, Laken McDaris 11, McKenzi Divine 11, Jerrica Horn 8, Emmaly Duke 3, Grace Goslee 3
Catholic – Chelsea Collins 22, Emma Thomas 15, Megan Loethen 7, Julianne Cabasi 6

Note: Chelsea Collins made 2 free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to give Catholic the victory.

PHOTOS: Catholic vs. Hartville

Pleasant Hope 65, Marshfield 56
Pleasant Hope 12 13 19 21 --- 65
Marshfield 10 14 17 15 --- 56

Pleasant Hope – Kari Hillenburg 29, Starla Staffen 19, Catlin Evans 12, Kori Hillenburg 2, Haley Hillenburg 2, Kylie Haraldson 1
Marshfield – Samantha French 14, Makenna Smith 13, Peyton Greenlee 9, Maddie McCall 6, Allison VanDiggelen 5, Kylee Murgel 4, Taylor King 4, Madison Clark 1

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