Posted: Wednesday, 20 February 2013 5:13AM

Crane and Marionville girls will meet for district title




Don’t pencil in the Crane Lady Pirates for the Class 2, District 11 title just yet. Defending district champion Marionville isn’t quite ready to concede, even without its all-state sophomore.

Minus leading scorer Josie Young, No. 2 seed Marionville dominated from start to finish in a 48-29 victory over No. 3 seed Morrisville on Tuesday.
The Lady Comets will play top seed Crane (ranked No. 4 in the MBCA/MOSports.com state poll) at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Spokane High School for a spot in the Class 2 girls’ state tournament.

Marionville never trailed against Morrisville, led by 11 points and halftime, and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half.

“I think there’s probably a lot of people that wrote us off,” said Marionville coach Ted Young. “These girls, they don’t ever surprise me because their work ethic is very good, their will to win is very good. They’re just out there playing. We don’t have any pressure and we can play loose. Hopefully we can carry it on. We’ve got to face a very, very good opponent Thursday night.”

Josie Young, an all-state pick as a freshman when Marionville reached the state final four, is out for the season with a knee injury. Marionville had Jaycie Dishman (15 points) and Amy Hicks (10 points) picked up the scoring slack.

Marionville’s defense and hustle plays made the difference. Morrisville couldn’t crack double digits until late in the first half. Chloe Harper led the Lady Panthers with 10 points.

“They missed some shots and I think it probably got into their heads a little bit,” said Ted Young. “But we were doing some good things on the defensive end. I thought for us, just starting the game out, not turning the ball over and handling the press kind of set the tone for the whole game.”

Crane and Marionville have played three times this season, with the Lady Pirates winning the last two meetings.

Marionville 48, Morrisville 29
Morrisville 6 5 7 11 --- 29
Marionville 12 10 12 14 --- 48
Morrisville – Chloe Harper 10, Kaitlyn Painter 6, Meleah Francka 4, Shania Francka 4, McKenzie Presley 2, Sapphire Looney 2, Kylie Painter 1
Marionville – Jaycie Dishman 15, Amy Hicks 10, Bailie Stine 7, Whitney Wright 5, Brooke Nelson 4, Abbie Hopkins 4, Aubree Brown 3
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Crane’s flawless start propelled it to an easy semifinals win over Galena on Tuesday night. The Lady Pirates scored the game’s first 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting, all of which were layups.

Eleven players scored for Crane, led by freshman Emma Lander’s 16 points, as the Lady Pirates won 73-28.
“We like it in there (close),” said Crane coach Jeremy Mullins. “The percentages are better in there. Statistically speaking, that’s where we like to have it. If we have to take outside shots, I have confidence we can make those but (layups) are better to get.”

Crane led by 16 points after the first quarter and 42-12 at halftime. Galena was held to single digits in each quarter.

Crane (25-3 overall) used its depth to consistently hound Galena’s ballhandlers throughout the game, leading to easy baskets.

“Our (defensive) pressure has won us some games,” Mullins said. “Even when we’ve been in shooting slumps, our defense has gotten us some offense.”

Crane 73, Galena 28
Galena 9 3 9 7 --- 28
Crane 25 17 22 9 --- 73
Galena – Kenna Greenway 8, Haley Inman 6, Kristin Hufferd 4, Maegan Hall 3, Ashley Stults 3, Alicia Sullivan 2, Dallas Howard 2
Crane – Emma Lander 16, Maggie McMenamy 12, Kylie Vaught 10, Kylee Moore 6, Lexie Vaught 6, Addie Reel 6, Justeen Mahan 5, Shelby Roder 5, Riley Israel 3, Loni Johnson 2, Allie Hagler 2

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