The Ash Grove Lady Pirates took an early lead against the Marionville Lady Comets and never looked back. The Lady Pirates grabbed five turnovers from Marionville in the second period, taking a 31-16 lead at the half.
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The Lady Pirates led by as many as 20 points in the 3rd period and headed into the 4th period at 44-27.
The Lady Comets regained their footing in the 4th period and closed their deficit to 10 points, finishing 52-42.
The Lady Comets were missing their top player Josie Young due to an injury, but Aubree Brown attempted to fill the void. Brown posted 12 points, all from 3-pointers.
The Lady Pirates, bothered by injuries in recent weeks, are back in good health as they head into district play. Lakin Simmerman posted 12 points on the night. Simmerman was 4 for 4 at the foul line. Madi Johnson scored 10 points, including two 3-point shots.
The Lady Pirates were 12 of 16 from the foul line.
Ash Grove coach Brent Milleson enters district play with a cool head.
“Any time you prepare for districts, it’s a situation where you hope you have your kids as healthy as you can. You hope you play as well as you possibly can. You hope you have a little bit of luck that comes around at the right time. We’re very excited for district play. But yet, we know it’s a huge challenge in front of us,” said Milleson.
The Lady Pirates head into district play with a 20-6 record. They meet Sarcoxie in the opening round of the Class 3 District 12 playoffs on Feb. 18th in Seneca.
The Lady Comets (18-7) will face Greenwood in the Class 2 District 11 playoffs on Feb. 16th in Spokane.
Ash Grove 14 17 13 10 -- 54
Marionville 7 9 11 16 -- 43
Ash Grove: Lakin Simmerman 12, Madi Johnson 10, Jamie Mauss 9, Katie Skelton 9, Halee Cashio 5, Erin Weinreis 5, Abby Arico 3, Sierrah Ballard 1
Marionville: Aubree Brown 12, Jaycie Dishman 8, Bailie Stine 8, Brooke Nelson 6, Amy Hicks 4, Brooklyn Horn 3, Whitney Wright 2