Prep Girls Basketball

Bevans' big bucket kickstarts fourth-quarter run for Clark County

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 24, 2017 2:05 am Updated: Feb. 24, 2017 2:41 am

PALMYRA, Mo. -- When Macon's Megan Cashalt nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 30 with a little more than seven minutes remaining in the game, the Clark County girls basketball team easily could have panicked.

Instead, it turned to a key player to answer with a big shot of her own.

Carissa Bevans' 3-pointer from the wing gave the Indians a lead they would never relinquish. They outscored the Tigerettes 26-11 during the final seven minutes and claimed a 56-41 victory in the Class 3 District 8 semifinals.

Bevans was held scoreless in the first half and had just two points through three quarters. However, the 3-pointer was just the beginning of a huge finish for her. Bevans scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.

"Carissa is one of our leading scorers, and she came through when we needed her most," Clark County coach John Weaver said.

The Indians (24-2) put the game away by making 15 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter, with five players all sinking key shots.

"We work on free throws a lot in practice, and our goal is 75 percent," Bevans said.

The Indians made 19 of 24 free throws (79.2 percent) in the game.

Trailing 10-9 after the first quarter, Clark County increased its pressure to close out the second quarter on a 10-0 run to lead 23-13 at the half.

"We probably should have pressed a little earlier, but with Keelie O'Brien in foul trouble, we didn't feel we would be at our best because she is so key to our press," Weaver said.

Macon opened the third quarter with a 9-1 run to get back into the game and trailed 24-22 when back-to-back steals by Bevans led to baskets that allowed the Indians to push the lead back to 30-25 after the third quarter.

The Indians will play Monroe City for the district championship. They know they will need to be at their best on Saturday.

"We are glad to be playing for a championship and glad we get to go to practice on Friday," Bevans said.

O'Brien led Clark County with 15 points, making 7 of 8 free throws, and Tressa Campbell chipped in 10 points.

Macon (16-10) was led by Cassie Martin with 13 points and Bailey Cox with 10.

Class 3 District 8

Semifinal

Clark County 56, Macon 41

MACON (16-10)

Cashalt 2-5 1-4 7, Chambers 1-4 0-0 2, Cox 5-8 0-0 10, Haskins 2-6 0-0 4, Hoelscher 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 4-12 4-7 13, Rowland 2-7 1-4 5, Simons 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-43 6-15 41.

CLARK COUNTY (24-2)

Bergman 1-4 1-3 4, Bevans 5-13 2-2 13, Boulware 2-6 0-0 5, Brown 0-3 1-2 1, Campbell 3-4 4-5 10, Hess 0-0 0-0 0, O'Brien 4-6 7-8 15, Schutte 2-13, 4-4 8, Sedore 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-49 19-24 56.

Macon 10 3 12 16--41

Clark Co. 9 14 7 26--56

3-point field goals--Macon 3-11 (Cashalt 2-4, Chambers 0-1, Haskins 0-2, Martin 1-3, Rowland 0-1), Clark County 3-16 (Bergman 1-1, Bevans 1-6, Boulware 1-4, O'Brien 0-1, Schutte 0-4). Fouls--Macon 14, Clark County 14. Fouled out--Cox.