By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
STURGEON, Mo. -- The Marion County girls basketball simply couldn't find a way to counter Chamois' size. during their 59-33 loss in a Class 1 Sectional Thursday night at Sturgeon High School.
Miranda Brandt, a 5-foot-11 forward who has committed to SIU-Edwardsville, scored a game-high 32 points and controlled the paint for Chamois, which knocked off the Lady Mustangs 59-33 Thursday night in a Class 1 sectional at Sturgeon High School.
The loss snapped Marion County's string of four consecutive trips to the final four.
"They have three girls who are 5-10 or taller and move well," Lady Mustangs coach Mike Johnson said. "Brandt is a tremendous athlete, and they really took away our perimeter game. We didn't turn the ball over much. They denied the ball and played tough defense."
Devan Johnson scored a team-high 13 points for the Lady Mustangs (19-10). Marion County kept it close early, leading 10-7 after the first quarter. Chamois (21-7), which avenged a 58-52 loss from the quarterfinals last season, turned the tables and built a 25-17 by halftime.
"We were totally unable to get any transition baskets, they hit the glass so hard on offensive end," Mike Johnson said. "I don't know we got one basket in transition, Maybe one. They really played good solid man-to-man defense. It was tough in the half-court. We did pretty good early, we were patient and got good looks. Once we were down by eight at halftime, we had to make something happen or it was going to be difficult for us."