Sheldon derailed by top-seeded Drexel in district opener

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Sheldon sophomore guard Meckinize McCartney drives the lane, scores and is fouled, in the second half of Thursday’s district tournament game against Drexel.
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The Sheldon Lady Panthers season came to a close in the opening round of the Class 1 District 6 basketball tournament on Thursday in Hume, with a 53-28 loss to the top-seeded Drexel Lady Bobcats.

Sheldon, the tournament’s No. 8 seed, concludes the season 1-21 overall. The Lady Panthers trailed 29-13 at the half. Sheldon then opened the second half on a 6-0 spurt to trim the deficit to 29-19. Drexel senior guard Maddy Jones, however, caught fire, scoring seven quick points as Drexel used an extended 18-3 run to pull away for the 25-point victory.

Sheldon sophomore center Madyson Bogart concluded with a game-high 14 points, while Meckinize McCartney and Nici Hites combined for 12. Drexel (16-9) was paced by Maycie Mayfield’s 14 points, while Jones pitched in 13. Awaiting Drexel in the semifinals is No. 5 seed Bronaugh. See page 10 for full story. In other action Thursday night, No. 2 seed Montrose knocked off No. 7 Miami, as sophomore sensation Abby Vogel poured in a game-high 23 points. The victory advanced Montrose to Friday night’s semifinal match-up with No. 6 Ballard.

Sheldon sophomore point guard Mahalia Swink looks to score in transition — during the second half Thursday.
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Sheldon sophomore Nici Hites defends Drexel's Alyssa Harper.
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