Marshfield, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com) -- Ranked fifth in this week’s MBCA girls’ basketball rankings, senior Andi Haney and the West Plains Zizzers showed why they are so dangerous as they pulled away from the Marshfield Lady Jays early in the second-half to win 59-47.
Haney wasted no time making her presence known, scoring the Zizzers’ first eleven points to begin the game. Marshfield also came out aggressive. The Lady Jays shot the ball well and led 16-14 after the first quarter.
“Andi is strong,” said West Plains head coach Scott Womack said. “She can do a lot of things. I think she was ready for tonight’s game, and I thought she really did a good job. I think she saw early in the game that we were probably not playing our typical game, and she really stepped up her game and kind of got everybody back in it.”
In the second quarter, the Lady Jays increased its lead to five on a three point shot from junior Lauren Aldridge. However, it would be Marshfield’s biggest lead of the night.
With Andi Haney putting on a one person show, sophomore Cassidy Johnson also came up big and helped the Zizzers gain control of the game when the Lady Jays began doubling Haney.
“Cassidy Johnson stepped up big for us and hit some big shots,” said Scott Womack. “Cassidy and Andi’s offense really kept us in the game early on.”
While Johnson and Haney led West Plains offensively, it was the Zizzers’ defense that changed the game around, allowing West Plains to close the second quarter on a 17-5 run and take a 31-24 lead at half.
With defense still prevailing, West Plains continued to extend its lead throughout the third quarter and effectively put the game away.
“I thought we did a pretty good job with making them have to work for all their points,” said Womack. “I thought it was very seldom that they were able to score in the first part of their offense. I think they had to make a lot of passes and I thought we did a good job staying solid on the defensive end making them have to work to score.”
In the end, even with two players scoring 44 of the team’s 59 points, Womack couldn’t have been happier with the play of his other players as well.
“Kelli Bowen came off the bench and gave us some really good minutes, especially on the defensive end,” said Womack. “She scored some baskets and got to the free throw line. Hannah Riggs did a good job. I thought they just played really good team ball.”
Next up, the Marshfield Lady Jays (8-10) travel to Buffalo on Jan. 21. West Plains (15-1) begins the Reeds Spring Tournament.
West Plains 14-17-17-11---59
Andi Haney 29, Cassidy Johnson 15, Kelli Bowen 6, Hannah Riggs 5, Shelby Acklin 4
Lauren Aldridge 23, Makenna Smith 6, Maddie Mcall 6, Allison VanDiggelen 5, Madison Clark 5, Samantha French 2