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Lady Cats third in Liberty Tourney

Thursday, January 12, 2012

THAYER LADY BOBCATS: Finished third at the Liberty Invitational Tournament. Photo/Looney [Order this photo]
In the finals of the first annual Mountain View/Birch Tree Lady Eagles' Invitational Tournament at Liberty High School on Jan. 7, the Alton Lady Comets came up short against Hartville. The Lady Eagles took the consolation final, 50-37.

The Thayer Lady Bobcats were matched up with the fourth-seeded Doniphan Donnettes, in the third place game later in the afternoon.

After a back-and-forth contest in the first quarter, the Lady Bobcats held a slim one-point lead, 16-15, over the Donnettes.

Thayer senior Meshila Mullins' defensive efforts forced Donnette turnovers.

After a Lady Bobcat steal, Mullins drove the base line for lay up points, helping to advance Thayer to a 40-32 advantage, at the halftime break.

Laken Martin held ground in the paint for points, rebounds and tip-outs to Emily Eckman and Jordan Alford.

Aggressive, in-your-jersey defense by sophomore Elly Burrell forced Donnette turnovers and drives to the Lady Cats' end of the floor.

The Lady Bobcats got some aggressive defensive help from Molly Honeycutt and rebounds from Laken Hollis off the Thayer bench.

Scraps on the floor for every loose ball pushed the Lady Cats to a 52-46 lead at the end of three.

A very game Doniphan team continued to attack, but were no match for Thayer, as the Lady Bobcats' leading scorer, Burrell, drove the lanes and passed off to Alford cutting in from the side.

Eckman controlled pace and was deadly at the free throw line.

In the end, the Thayer Lady Bobcats took home the third place trophy over the Doniphan Donnettes, with a 76-55 final.

The number-one seeded Seymour Lady Tigers thumped the tournament host, the Liberty Lady Eagles, to take home the first-place trophy.

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