PARK HILLS — Upon tying the Mineral Area Lady Cardinals with six minutes left in the game, the St. Louis Lady Archers only supplied motivation for the home team to turn it up a notch. The Mineral Area Lady Cardinals went on a 13-0 scoring spree, leading eventually to a 79-69 win.
Hanna Haden gave the Lady Cardinals their first lead with a three-pointer from the right side for the opening basket of the game, and Mineral Area would only relinquish the lead one time in the entire game.
Mineral Area was able to work the ball inside to Kate Alemann early, and the 6’3” center made quick work of it as she scored nine points in the first half. Whenever Alemann was covered or sat the bench for a short rest, the Lady Cardinals still used the inside game as Brittany Lawson took possession of the key to score five buckets inside the paint.
On the defensive end, Mineral Area presented a shifting zone, which kept the Lady Archers from scoring inside. Instead, the visiting team began to blister the net from long-range.
St. Louis made good on six three-pointers in the first half to keep close until with five minutes left before half-time, they were bale to make three straight stops and four St. Louis free throws made it a one-point game.
Shakaunna Futrell gave the Lady Archers their only lead in the game at 27-26. Haden’s second three and a free throw by Alemann gave the Lady Cardinals a four-point edge which they were able to hold until the break, at 36-32.
Mineral Area increased their half-time lead to nine in the early minutes of the second half, which was helped by Haden’s third three-pointer, and steals by Rita Banaszczak and Taylor Ignoto. Haden did all of her scoring from beyond the arc with four threes for 12 points.
The Lady Archers would not fold up. Staying just within reach, the Lady Archers were able to make final run at the Lady Cardinals, starting on a three by Datona Ball with 11 minutes still left in the game.
With 6:40 still on the clock, St. Louis pulled to within two at 59-57 on a basket Kirstie Owen. After making a stop on MAC’s next possession, Futrell tied the game at 59-59 with a lay-up.
Coming off the bench, Chelsea Pannier nailed a huge three to give the Lady Cardinals the lead for good. Mineral Area continued to roll as they made the Lady Archers pay for a string of turnovers to go on the 13-point run.
Ball made her fifth three-pointer in the game for St. Louis, but it did not slow down the Lady Cardinals who outscored the Lady Archers 2-1 going down the stretch.
Playing with only seven players, the Lady Cardinals managed to stay out of foul trouble with only one player reaching three fouls late in the game.
Keeping out of foul trouble by Mineral Area, allowed St. Louis to win the battle of the boards with 35 rebounds to MAC’s 25. Mineral Area shot 54 percent to St. Louis’ 43 from the floor.
The Lady Cardinals (6-5) will take on SW Illinois on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Rotary Classic to be held at the Bob Sechrest, Sr. Fieldhouse.
St. Louis 32 37 -69
Mineral Area 36 43 - 79
StL - Ball 19, Futrell 18, Gaines 11, Davis 10, Owen 7, Laird 2, Sanders 1. 3-pt FG - Ball 5, Gaines 2, Owen 2, Futrell.
MA - Ignoto 19, Alemann 15, Lawson 14, Haden 12, Pannier 7, Randall 6, Banaszczak 6. 3-pt FG - Haden 4, Ignoto 2, Pannier.