Lady Tigers bounce Harrisonville in district tourney
CLINTON ---- The fourth-seeded Nevada Lady Tigers kept their season alive with a 54-47 victory over the fifth-seeded Harrisonville Wildcats, Monday in the opening-round of the Class 4 District 13 Tournament.
With the win, Nevada improves to 9-15 overall.
"It feels awesome to get this victory, it's very gratifying," first-year Lady Tigers head coach Jenny Allard said.
The game seesawed back-and-forth in the first quarter with seven lead changes. Late in the first, Nevada went on a 6-0 run capped by a Jansen Miller steal and lay-up to give the Lady Tigers a 13-8 lead. With under a minute remaining in the opening frame, sophomore guard Sammy Gundy scored on a driving lay-up to hand the Lady Tigers a 15-10 advantage.
Early in the second quarter, sophomore point guard Brooke Sargent buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key as Nevada increased its lead to 18-12.
Later in the second quarter, a dribble-drive and dish from Miller to Carsten Warner resulted in two points and a 22-15 Lady Tigers lead.
With four minutes remaining in the first half, senior Madi Culberton drained an 8-foot jumper from the right baseline to put Nevada up nine. This was followed by a Megan Hold close-range bank-shot, and then a Hold assist to center Renee Cox for the easy lay-in as the Lady Tigers lead swelled to 28-15. Nevada led 30-19 at halftime.
Harrisonville emerged from the locker room looking like a new team to open the second half. After Nevada scored the first points of the third quarter, Harrisonville replied with a 13-0 blitz to trim the lead to one at 33-32. The Wildcats utilized a full-court press to get back in the contest, causing the Lady Tigers to turn the ball over at a high rate.
"We didn't match Harrisonville's intensity to open the second half," Allard said. "They were more physical. We got lackadaisical with the ball and they made us pay for it."
At the 3:01 mark of the third quarter, Wildcats freshman Brecken Moreland drilled a trey to knot the score at 35 apiece. The Lady Tigers responded with four quick points courtesy of two Culbertson charities and a Miller offensive rebound and lay-in, putting Nevada in front 39-35. The third quarter ended with an Elizabeth Gibbs 3-pointer, slicing Nevada's lead to 39-38.
With 3:20 remaining in regulation, a Cox put-back handed Nevada a 44-40 lead. After a Harrisonville bucket to cut the deficit to 46-44, Cox broke press, scoring at the other end to again give the Lady Tigers a four-point cushion.
From there, Nevada did most of its damage at the charity stripe, as Hold was able to knock down five consecutive free throws, paving the way to victory.
For Nevada, Hold finished with a dozen while Sargent chipped in with seven.
The Lady Tigers face the top-seeded Bolivar Lady Liberators today at 4 p.m.