Posted: Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:03AM

Branson clips Marshfield with fourth-quarter comeback

Branson, Mo. (For  -- The Branson Lady Pirates (14-6) had an explosive fourth quarter to overcome a slow first half and defeat Marshfield 52-49 on Monday night. Branson scored 23 points in the fourth quarter with 11 points coming from Moriah Dapprich, half of her total for the night.

“I think we came out and hit more shots and were more aggressive in the second half,” Branson coach Kip Bough said. “We settled for 3s the whole first half and hit nothing. We started going inside and penetrating and then those outside shots started falling for us.”

The game saw a back and forth finish.

With less than 1:30 left, Jessie Barton hit a jumper from the elbow to put Branson ahead 46-45. Marshfield’s Lauren Aldridge, a recent verbal to Kansas University, answered with a drive to the basket. Branson re-took the lead on an inside score from Dapprich.

With 37 seconds left on the clock, Aldridge made two free throws to put the Lady Jays ahead 49-48. Hadley Blake drove the lane and scored on Branson’s next possession to give the lead back to the Lady Pirates. Aldridge tried to answer, but missed. Marshfield fouled immediately, sending Emily Calovich to the line for Branson.

“I was a little nervous, but I knew I had confidence in myself and my teammates were counting on me,” Calovich said. “I knew if I just took a deep breath and believed in myself, the Lord would help me through it too.”

Confident from the line, Calovich hit both shots to put the Lady Pirates three points ahead, 52-49. Marshfield had 4.5 seconds left, but Aldridge missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

“The first quarter was a little rough and the second quarter we picked it up,” Calovich said. “The second half we really came together as a team. We just had a heart-to-heart and we really built each other up and counted on each other for a win tonight.”

Branson trailed at the start of the fourth quarter.

Dapprich scored from the block to cut Marshfield’s lead to 36-31. The Lady Pirates’ Sydney Shepherd then stole the ball and scored an easy layup.

The Lady Jays’ Madison Clark scored making it 38-33. Blake answered with a trey and then Dapprich made a free throw to cut the lead to one.

With less than four minutes left, Marshfield’s Maddie McCall and Clark each made one free throw. Blake then hit two shots from the charity stripe, making it a one-point ball game. Aldridge responded with a 3-point play.

“In the third quarter, we didn’t come out with a lot of energy and it is obvious from the shot chart, their game plan was to get it inside to Dapprich on the block and we didn’t give very good help side defense,” said Marshfield coach Shelly Jones. “We can’t just guard her with one person and I think that is how they chipped away.”

Dapprich hit a shot from behind the arc and then Barton got a steal and layup as the Lady Pirates took the lead for the first time, 44-43. Aldridge wasted no time drove the lane, drawing a foul before sinking both free throws to give Marshfield the 45-44 lead.

The first quarter was slow for both teams with Marshfield (10-11) ahead 6-4 at the end of the quarter.

The pace picked up in second quarter and Branson wasn’t able to keep up. The Lady Jays went on an 11-point run and compiled a 14-point lead at separate points in the quarter before ending ahead 24-15 at halftime.

The Lady Pirates showed a different side in the third half and played more aggressive. They stayed within two or three points of the Lady Jays for most of the quarter, but Branson was never able to get the lead.
Branson and Marshfield will each play again on Thursday, Jan. 31. Branson will play Nixa at home and Marshfield will play Bolivar.

Branson       4, 11, 14, 23 --- 52
Marshfield  6, 18, 12, 13 --- 49
Branson’s scorers—Moriah Dapprich 21, Hadley Blake 11, Jessie Barton 6
Marshfield’s scorers—Lauren Aldridge 27, Allison van Diggelen 7, Maddie McCall 7

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