By David Wheeler/Special to the Journal
MOOREVILLE – The Mooreville Lady Troopers made the playoff thing look like old hat on Monday night.
Grabbing an early advantage, the Lady Troopers rolled into the second round of the Class 3A North tournament with a 51-41 victory over the Independence Lady Wildcats.
“It feels good to be this far in the playoffs,” Mooreville head coach Kala Parker said. “Our game plan was to move the ball and take good shots, and not to rush.
“And I think we did that early.”
The win earns Mooreville a matchup with the Ripley Lady Tigers on Thursday at 4 p.m. in another North put-out game.
Certainly, the Lady Troopers (16-15) were executing their game plan early.
A pair of baskets in the first quarter by Savannah Webb helped Mooreville to a 12-9 lead by the end of the period.
Field goals by Miah Edmonds, Katelyn Keith, and Meagan Edmonds got the Lady Troopers out of the gates in fine fashion for the second quarter, and a 3-pointer by Webb with 20 second to play in the period helped Mooreville to a 28-14 halftime lead.
“I think we played good defense, and kept them pushed out,” Parker said. “I think their pressure got to us at points in the second half.”
Some full court defense by the Lady Wildcats did bother the Lady Troopers at times, but the Mooreville lead never dipped below seven points in the second half.
Mooreville held a 39-28 margin entering the final period, and a key 3-pointer by Skylar Gregory, and six points late in the contest by Meagan Edmonds helped to clinched the victory.
“We couldn’t make shots,” Independence head coach Ed Nixon said. “There were five shots they made that we didn’t.”
Meagan Edmonds paced Mooreville with 14 points, while Tamerra Wooten hit 12 to lead the visitors.
“Ripley has been in this situation plenty of times, and should be well prepared,” Parker said. “We do not need to get flustered.”