Special to the Daily Mail
BRONAUGH -- Visiting Northeast Vernon County spoiled Bronaugh's Homecoming in the girls' game, taking a 53-43 victory Friday night.
The Lady Knights managed a slight lead after the first 8 minutes as they took a a 14-9 edge.
But the Lady Wildcats matched points in the second period with 10, then gained a bucket back with a 15-13 edge in the third period, closing a 24-19 halftime deficit to 37-34 with 8 minutes remaining.
But NEVC was able to salt the game away at the free-throw line as three different Wildcats fouled out.
The Lady Knights enjoyed a 16-9 scoring edge in the frame, built on a 10-for-16 mark at the charity stripe. Ryann Ford did most of the damage for NEVC, converting on nine of her 12 free throws in the period.
Northeast Vernon County finished with a 17-for-30 mark at the free-throw line, compared to 7-for-9 for Bronaugh, the single biggest difference in the game.
Ford and Camille Buttorff led the Lady Knights with 16 points each. Both had 11 points apiece in the final half to keep their team on top. Shelby Wilkins added 11, Payton Hays and Karleigh Conner had four and Haley Hays finished with two.
Martell Moore dropped in three 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead Bronaugh and all scorers. Thirteen of her points came in the first half, with eight more in the third period.
Sierra Arens contributed 10 -- eight in the second half -- for the Lady Wildcats. Breanna Householder contributed nine and Cydnee Piper finished with one.