Mineral Area 80, Olney Central 66
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – Sophomore Makenzy Smith was perfect on her first six shots while helping the Mineral Area women’s basketball team hit 52 percent before halftime on Sunday.
Allie Golden scored a team-high 17 points, and Smith added 15 as and the Lady Cardinals topped Olney Central 80-66 at the Three Rivers Classic.
Ella Gobald netted 13 points off the bench, and Madison Reynolds added 12 more. Holly Forbes pulled down nine rebounds for Mineral Area (3-0), which forced 27 turnovers in the game.
Brenna Maikranz posted 15 points exclusively in the second half, and Olney Central (1-2) knocked down 12 3-pointers overall. Mallory Smith scored 14 points and Kimi Stokes had 13.
Mineral Area trailed 13-12 before securing the lead for good with a 13-0 run. Golden sparked it with a driving layup, and added another basket on the next possession.
Briar Johnson provided seven points in the victory, and opened the second quarter with an attacking finish. Golden dished to Forbes moments later for a 25-13 advantage.
Makenzy Smith powered the Lady Cardinals over the next several minutes with a 3-pointer and three other jumpers among five field goals. She also created transition points with a steal.
A 40-31 halftime lead increased to 53-35 when Reynolds drove the lane for a layup, and Gobald flipped in a shot while crossing the lane to give Mineral Area its largest separation at 61-40.
Maikranz brought Olney Central within 65-54 by drilling a triple with 5:53 remaining. MAC responded with back-to-back threes by Johnson and Reynolds to pull away.
The Lady Cardinals were 13-of-18 from the line.
Mineral Area 80, SE Illinois 60
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – Mineral Area needed an inspired comeback in the fourth quarter to escape its season opener with an overtime win against SE Illinois.
An immediate rematch on Saturday proved more comfortable, as the Lady Cardinals shot an improved 47 percent from the field to secure an 80-60 victory.
Freshman guard Madison Reynolds shared game-high honors with 20 points, but showed her versatility throughout 28 strong minutes.
The former Ste. Genevieve High School star also provided seven rebounds, five assists and four steals, and converted 9-of-11 free throws.
Potosi graduate Allie Golden established a career high in her second straight game by notching 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting, along with nine rebounds.
Holly Forbes had 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a team-high six steals. Mineral Area never trailed after opening the game on an 8-0 run.
The Lady Cards built a sizable 47-25 halftime lead after netting 28 points in the second quarter. Tyeshia Mitchell added 10 points to put four players in double figures.
Mineral Area maintained a 63-40 through three quarters, and went 19-of-25 from the line while forcing 25 turnovers.