MAC Basketball

Mineral Area freshman Olivia White turns to score in the post against NW Mississippi freshman Tamaria Thomas (24) during second quarter action on Wednesday.

Matt King, Daily Journal

PARK HILLS – Consecutive turnovers plagued the Mineral Area women’s basketball team when passes failed to connect with unsuspecting teammates during the second quarter.

NW Mississippi conversely delivered a composed effort despite a three-week layoff between games, and put away the Lady Cardinals 75-63 on Wednesday.

Janesha Johnson netted a game-high 22 points to pace the Lady Rangers (6-1), who utilized their depth by giving 12 different players at least 10 minutes of action.

Reserve guard Khiandra Perry and forward Jolee Carswell tallied 12 points each for Mineral Area (7-6), which suffered through 20 turnovers.

NW Mississippi finished 12-of-40 from 3-point range, and Johnson drilled two in a row during a 13-2 run that ultimately put the visitors ahead to stay at 34-27 after MAC missed twice along the low block.

Brooke Walker added two more triples just before the half concluded for a 42-32 cushion. She equaled Chrissah Shaw with 11 points each.

Mineral Area could not sustain its success or intensity of the first quarter. Olivia White scored twice on entry passes, and two 3-pointers from returning Shelby Moon yielded a 12-8 lead.

Perry added three baskets and two blocks in short order off the bench. Her baseline pull-up jumper and driving scoop spotted the Lady Cardinals a 20-15 edge.

Carswell muscled in a twisting bank shot while drawing contact in the third quarter, but was instantly answered as NW Mississippi steadily seized command.

Another perimeter strike from Johnson and a conventional 3-point play by Destiny Gaylor restored a 53-35 difference. The Lady Rangers achieved a maximum lead of 64-42 early in the fourth.

White grabbed nine rebounds and Laura Dick made five assists for the Lady Cardinals, who will host Malcolm X on Thursday at 3 p.m. Hayley Winter scored nine points and Moon had eight.

Both teams shot 38 percent from the field, but NW Mississippi enjoyed a 14-7 edge on the offensive boards.

Matt King is the sports editor for the Daily Journal. Contact him at mking@dailyjournalonine.com

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