Lady 'Cats get off to good start
SLATER -- The Slater girls' basketball team went on a 36-17 tear through the middle two frames Tuesday for a 54-43 Lewis and Clark Conference victory in its season opener against visiting Marceline.
The boys' game was postponed due to the impending Show-Me Bowl appearance of the Tigers' football team, leaving them with too few players. A make-up date will be arranged later.
The Lady Wildcats didn't assume control early, the lead changing hands six times in the first period before they emerged with a 12-10 advantage. Slater began separating from the Lady Tigers when sophomore Breanna Wright came off the bench to knock down a three-pointer from the corner 22 seconds into the second stanza to make it 15-10.
Senior Shay Babcock hit from outside, sophomore Krysta Cramer finished a fast break off a steal by sophomore Phelecia Knox and Wright connected with another bomb to extend the Lady 'Cats' cushion to 10 points with two minutes remaining in the half.
Slater closed the third period with a 16-3 spree begun by senior Mary Rose Gonzalez' conventional three-point play. Babcock sank a long jumper, Gonzalez fed senior Mary Anne Boston in the paint for a deuce and Wright scored in transition off of Cramer's steal to make it 48-27 heading into the fourth quarter.
With senior Morgan McCormick and freshman Elaine Ewigman each making a pair of baskets, the Lady Tigers scored 14 straight points until Wright's free throw ended the streak with 2:22 to go. Marceline closed to within eight points three times, but two Gonzalez charity shots with 1:40 left got the Lady 'Cats' lead back to double figures for good.
McCormick tied for game-high scoring honors with 13 points for Marceline (0-1, 0-1 L&C).
Gonzalez and Boston each had 13 points to pace Slater (1-0, 1-0), which also got 11 points from Babcock.
The Lady 'Cats are the fifth seed in the 83rd Glasgow Tournament, which they open Monday against No. 5 Cairo.
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