PARK HILLS – An explosive effort from freshman Tyeshia Mitchell in the second half helped Mineral Area lengthen its hot start to the season on Saturday.

Mitchell sank two 3-pointers, and tallied 15 of her game-high 19 points after halftime as the Lady Cardinals rallied past John A. Logan 80-67.

Mineral Area (5-0) trailed 41-32 at half despite getting a slashing layup at the buzzer from Mary Katherine Tucker.

Mitchell drove the baseline to score on the opening possession of the third quarter, and Ella Gobald followed with a 3-pointer to suddenly make the deficit 42-37.

Gobald recorded all of her 15 points from behind the arc, sinking four of her five triples in the second half. She connected of an assist by Madison Reynolds to give the Lady Cardinals a 54-53 lead.

Allie Golden capped the third quarter with a pair of free throws after drawing hard contact on a drive that sent her to the floor with 10 seconds on the clock.

Golden finished with 15 points and five rebounds for the Lady Cardinals, while Reynolds tallied nine assists for the second straight game.

Mineral Area slowed its pace during the final period, and constantly worked for open shots to widen its advantage. The Lady Cardinals also converted back to back steals into points.

Holly Forbes hustled up the court to beat the defense on an inbounds play, and finished a layup through contact for a 78-65 edge with 30 seconds left. She notched 15 points with eight rebounds.

Forbes converted an early shot despite being fouled, and added a free throw to gain a 5-3 lead. She contributed a strong post presence during the first quarter with eight points.

Gobald banked in her first three from the top of the key for an early 14-5 edge barely four minutes into the game.

The Lady Cardinals pushed the ball frequently on the fast break, while John A. Logan (2-1) relied more on a half-court style of offense.

Mitchell drained a fade-away shot from eight feet out to keep a slight 20-17 lead at the buzzer in the first.

Farasia Hodge, who scored all 10 points in the post, gained the first lead for the Lady Vols at 21-20 with a layup. However, Golden quickly answered with two consecutive baskets to reestablish a Mineral Area lead.

Destiny Cozart and Kaili Bacon thrived on offensive rebounds to help John A. Logan extend its advantage nearing the break. Cozart paced the Lady Vols with 15 points, and Bacon had eight.

Lainey Bell finished with 10 points for Mineral Area, while Mitchell and Gobald each tallied four rebounds.

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