By THE HERALD-WHIG
The Clark County girls basketball team used clutch free-throw shooting to seal a major postseason upset victory Tuesday night.
The sixth-seeded Lady Indians went 8 of 10 from the charity stripe and beat No. 3 Monroe City 45-42 in the first round of the Class 3 District 7 Tournament at Palmyra, Mo. Clark County's Jenna Huston went 4 of 4 from the free-throw line in the final 30 seconds.
"The girls were able to step up and handle the pressure," said Clark County coach Kelly Campbell, whose team went 14 for 23 from the free-throw line for the game.
Monroe City (20-6) had a chance to tie the game on its final possession, but the play broke down and Carly Spalding wasn't able to get a shot off in time.
"We're the underdogs from here on out," Campbell said. "We just need to stay calm and play our game." SClBHuston led Clark County (10-14) with 17 points, and Mishaylee Cline added 16 points for the Lady Indians. Monroe City (20-6) was led by Kiette Mundy, who finished with 18 points
Clark County will meet No. 2 Palmyra in the semifinal after the Lady Panthers defeated No. 7 Highland 57-24 behind an 11-point effort from Lexie Losson.
Palmyra's Alexis Van Nostrand, who was 6 of 6 from the free-throw line, added 10 points. Palmyra (21-5) led Highland 36-7 at halftime. Taylor Wiseman led Highland (6-18) with five points.
Top-seeded Bowling Green downed No. 8 Mark Twain 49-18. Kayla Palmer scored eight points to lead Mark Twain (7-18). The Lady Tigers turned the ball over 26 times.
Class 1 District 10 Tournament: Top-seeded Marion County used a balanced scoring attack to top No. 5 Atlanta 40-24 in second-round action at La Plata, Mo.
Devan Johnson led the Lady Mustangs with 12 points, and Victoria Hales added 10 points. Marion County (18-9) will play No. 2 La Plata in Thursday's district championship.
La Plata scored the final five points of the third quarter and dominated the fourth quarter in its 54-43 win over No. 3 North Shelby. The Lady Raiders had rallied to take a two-point lead with two minutes remaining in the third quarter after trailing 27-14 at halftime.
"We spent so much energy getting back in the game that we didn't have anything left in the fourth quarter," North Shelby coach Joshlin Yoder said. "We just ran out of steam."
North Shelby's Elizabeth Linberger scored the game's final basket to reach 1,000 career points. Brianna Cochenour led North Shelby (12-15) with 13 points.
Class 2 District 6 Tournament: Hailey Dial scored a team-high 12 points to lead fourth-seeded Scotland County to a 53-44 over No. 5 Cairo Northeast in the first round at Queen City, Mo. Scotland County (18-5) led 33-17 at halftime. Megan Creek supplied 11 points for the Lady Tigers, and Jessica Morrow added 10 points.
In other first-round action, Knox County's Sarah Dooley scored 10 points, but the second-seeded Lady Eagles lost 51-40 to No. 7 Milan.