By THE HERALD-WHIG
The Louisiana and Mark Twain girls basketball teams struggled to make shots through three quarters Friday night. Then Louisiana took care of business at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to earn a 32-24 win in the consolation championship game of the Bowling Green Tournament.
The game was tied at 15 before the Lady Bulldogs (8-9) went 13 of 19 from the charity stripe in the final quarter and made 15 free throws overall. Louisiana also stifled Mark Twain's attack with a 1-2-2 zone.
Louisiana's Jenn Radcliff led all players with nine points. She converted a key three-point play with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Mark Twain's Michelle Epperson fouled out on the play. She was the first of three players to foul out for the Lady Tigers (4-13).
Morgan Murry supplied seven points for Louisiana. Kayla Palmer led Mark Twain with seven points.
Louisiana led 12-2 after the first quarter before its offense went into a funk for the next 16 minutes, keeping the game close.
Monroe City 59, Marion County 33: Carly Spalding and Kiette Mundy combined for 46 points to lead the Lady Panthers to the non-conference victory at Philadelphia, Mo.
Spalding scored 26 points, including 15 in the first half, while Mundy scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half.
Monroe City built a 36-19 halftime lead behind Mundy and Spalding and held Marion County to 14 points in the second half.
Kaelyn Spratt led the Lady Mustasngs with 13 points and Devan Johnson added 10.
Canton 40, Brashear 33: A big third quarter led to the second victory of the season for the Lady Tigers.
Trailing 25-24 at halftime, Canton (2-14) outscored Brashear 18-6 in the third quarter behind eight points from Kailee Gaither and four from Bailey Hoewing.
"Our girls started to move the ball a lot better on the offensive end," Canton coach Lindsay Uhlmeyer said. "We got better ball movement, stepped up our defense and got some turnovers that we are able to convert on."
Brittney Berhorst grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists for Canton.
Gaither led Canton with 11 points and Hoewing chipped in eight.
Centralia 45, South Shelby 30: The Lady Birds were held to nine points total in the second half en route to the Clarence Cannon Conference loss.
Cassidy Johnston led South Shelby (5-14, 0-3) with 13 points.
HLGU d. Graceland: The Trojans picked up their first victory with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 victory over the Yellow Jackets, ranked No. 2 in NAIA, at Hannibal, Mo.
HLGU (1-1) hit at a .632 clip in the second set and .299 for the match.
David Manganiello led the Trojans with 13 kills and Jake Wollenberg added 11 for the Trojans. Kristen Ciero doled out 31 assists.