By THE HERALD-WHIG
Mishaylee Cline hit a 3-pointer to start overtime to spark the Clark County girls basketball team to a 54-45 Clarence Cannon Confernece victory over Louisiana Friday night in Louisiana, Mo.
Jenna Huston hit 5 of 8 free throws in overtime to help ice the win as the Lady Indians (7-6, 1-1) connected on 8 of 13 free throws in the extra period.
Trailing by seven going into the fourth quarter, Louisiana (6-6, 1-1) turned to a youth-laden lineup with two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior on the floor. The Lady Bulldogs managed to cut the deficit to three.
"Their energy is what rallied us," Louisiana coach Craig Pedersen said. "Their defensive presence and their hustle got us back into the ballgame. It was their desire that fueled us."
Clark County built a 23-19 lead by halftime and was ahead 34-27 heading into the fourth quarter. Louisiana battled back and went the length of the court with eight seconds to play and had a chance to win but couldn't get off a shot, forcing overtime.
After Cline's 3-pointer, the game, "turned into a foul fest," Pedersen said. "We had to foul to try and get the ball."
Cline led Clark County with 17 points and Huston added 10.
Denise Blackwell and Batrice Blackwell led Louisiana with 11 points apiece. Denise Blackwell scored eight of her points in the fourth quarter and also grabbed 13 rebounds.
"I'm happy with our progression," Pedersen said. "Youth is great, and they will keep maturing."
Palmyra 60, Centralia 42: After a slow start in the first quarter, the Lady Panthers used a strong finish to the first half to open CCC play with a victory in Palmyra, Mo.
Palmyra fell behind 7-0 to start the game but closed the first half on an 11-0 run to take a 28-21 halftime lead. The Panthers used a 21-12 third-quarter edge to further take control.
Katie Hinkle led Palmyra (10-4, 1-0) with 15 points and Lexie Losson chipped in 14. Evie Miles also reached double figures with 13.
Canton 50, North Shelby 44: The Lady Tigers recorded their first win on the strength of 14 points by Allison Phillips along with efficient free-throw shooting and smothering defense.
Canton (1-12) made 17 of 30 free throws compared to 5 of 20 by the Lady Raiders, enabling it to hold on to the victory despite a strong third quarter by North Shelby (6-7).
Courtney Baalman and Brittney Berhorst added nine points each for Canton.
Elizabeth Linberger led North Shelby with 18 points.
Scotland County 63, South Shelby 50: Jessica Morrow scored 13 points and Randi Slaughter added 12 to lead the Lady Tigers to the victory.
Scotland County improved to 10-2.
Cassidy Johnston tallied 29 points and 11 rebounds for South Shelby. The Lady Birds (5-10) led 20-16 after the first quarter but fell behind 33-31 at halftime.
Monroe City 36, Mark Twain 22: Carly Spalding scored 12 points and Kiette Mundy added 11 Lady Panthers to the CCC win on the road. Monroe City improved to 12-2.
Mark Twain was led by Mackenzie Grossman's 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Kirksville 57, Highland 24: Highland's Katelyn Boone scored six of her team-high eight points in the first quarter. It marked the only quarter Highland (1-11) reached double figures, with 12 points.
Clopton 58, Marion County 31: Clopton outscored the Mustangs 37-11 in the first half en route to the victory in Philadelphia, Mo.
Marion County responded with a 16-point third quarter but couldn't rally back entirely.
Devan Johnson led the Mustangs (8-3) with 14 points and Kaelyn Spratt added 10.
Clopton (8-5) was led by 17 points from Shelby Dunn.