Strafford’s four seniors finished their careers in the win column thanks to a 64-34 victory over West County in the Class 3 third place game.
The Lady Indians were able to claim the third place trophy without the services of all-state guard Emma Compton. Compton, who injured her shoulder in the state semifinal game on Thursday, started the game and attempted the first shot. She was removed from the game after that and sat on the bench with her arm in a sling the rest of the game.
The rest of the Lady Indians stepped up from there. They jumped out to a 19-7 lead after one quarter. West County cut into that lead with an 11-8 advantage in the second quarter which gave Strafford a 27-18 lead heading into the break.
Out of the half, Strafford made sure this game would not be in doubt going into the fourth quarter. The Lady Indians outscored West County 28-7 in the frame thanks in large part to forcing 10 turnovers in the period. Strafford led 55-25 after three quarters on the way to the 64-34 win.
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Strafford’s suffocating defense was the difference in the game, as the Lady Indians forced 32 turnovers in the game. Brooklyn Adney led Strafford in steals with six.
Junior Laney Humble led Strafford in scoring with 19 points. Senior Mattie Walker was also in double figures with 13 points. Eight different Strafford players scored in the game.
Strafford finishes the season with a 25-6 overall record. The win marked the end of the careers for Strafford seniors Compton, Walker, Emma Mullings and Bailey Chrisman.