NEW SITE – Mooreville, down 22-10, looked like a sure goner at halftime of Monday’s New Site Tournament game against Kossuth.
However, the Lady Troopers rallied in the second half and in overtime to stun the previously unbeaten Lady Aggies 47-45 and advance to Thursday’s semifinal against Saltillo.
“This group has never been able to come back, fight back in a game,” Mooreville fourth-year coach Kala Palmer said. “Tonight, at halftime, they decided to go out the second half and leave it all on the floor.”
Mooreville (5-1) cut Kossuth’s lead to 36-28 in the third period, then later tied the score at 42-42 with 27 seconds remaining in regulation on a steal and layup by senior Lauren Lewis.
Kossuth (3-1) played for a last-second shot, but the turned the ball over on a walk with 4.3 seconds showing. The Lady Troopers missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
In overtime, the Lady Troopers built a 47-42 lead on a short jumper by Anna West, a putback by Savannah Webb and a free throw by Lewis.
“We knew we had to pull together; it’s the only way to win a game,” said Lewis, who was one of four Mooreville players to score 11 points. “We played as a team.”
Kossuth, which played without injured point guard Kiki Gwyn, got 21 points from its star guard Katie Garvin.
It was Garvin’s 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining in OT that pulled the Lady Aggies to within two points. Later it was Garvin who missed on a layup attempt that would have tied the score.
For Mooreville, West, Katie Cobb and Betsy Kingsley joined Lewis with 11 points apiece.
“We’re well-rounded when it comes to scoring,” Palmer said. “That’s why we’ve done so well. We’re not dependent on one person. Everybody chips in.”
(B) New Site 81, Kossuth 69
Daniel Webb scored 15 of his 22 points in the first quarter to help the Royals (4-1) race to a 24-5 lead.
Tyler Benjamin scored 22 and Tyler Hisaw 20 for the winners. Heath Wood had a game-high 27 for the Aggies (1-4).
Kossuth advanced to Friday’s semifinal game against Saltillo.
(G) New Site 69, Booneville 26
Krystal Jackson scored 15 points, Morgan Pearson 14 and Kaitlyn Prince 12 to lead the Lady Royals (3-0) into Thursday’s semifinals against Tishomingo County.
(B) Tish County 65, Mooreville 54
Jake Walker scored a game-high points to lead the Braves (2-0) past the Troopers and into Friday’s semifinals against Boone-ville.
Quadzing Rogers scored 19 points to pace Mooreville (4-2).
GENE PHELPS / NEMS Daily Journal