IRONTON – A much-needed 12-0 scoring run helped the Arcadia Valley girls basketball team regain a slim edge against Fredericktown on Thursday.
The Lady Tigers trailed by six early in the third period, but surged to a 43-37 lead after junior guard Josie Landrum sank her second consecutive 3-pointer.
Landrum helped Arcadia Valley maintain a late advantage by leading the majority of fast-break chances, and finished with 18 points in a 57-56 win.
The second half remained tight as the Lady Blackcats frequently converted inside shots or reached the free-throw line. Arcadia Valley (4-5) survived a last-second chance to tie in the closing seconds.
Mattie Whitworth had an opportunity at the game-tying shot with 5 seconds remaining, but her pull-up 3-pointer missed short. Kylie Mann recovered the rebound for Fredericktown (2-6), and quickly put it back up as time expired.
Whitworth, who hit two perimeter shots during the first quarter, ended with 12 points in her long-awaited return from a knee injury that has kept her out of action for 10 months.
Callista Francis notched 10 of her team-high 17 points during the second half to keep the Lady Blackcats close. She also led all players with 16 rebounds.
Francis snapped the powerful run by the Lady Tigers by finishing at the rim over two defenders with one minute to play in the third quarter.
Arcadia Valley forced multiple turnovers early in the fourth quarter with sudden full-court pressure, and held Fredericktown without a basket for nearly four minutes.
Jaesa Brockes nailed back to back 3-pointers for the Lady Tigers midway through the final period, and widened the spread to 56-45. She finished with 18 points and five rebounds in the win.
Arcadia Valley executed longer possessions with a sizable advantage, but committed turnovers against a pressing half-court defense.
Makayla Moise, who had 10 points and six rebounds, received her fifth foul with two minutes remaining while preventing Whitworth from scoring an easy layup. Whitworth went 6-of-8 from the free-throw line, including 5-of-6 in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Tigers used a fast-paced offense to generate a brief early lead that quickly diminished due to an increase in turnovers.
Mallory Mathes drained a 10-foot jumper with 15 seconds remaining in the first quarter to give Fredericktown a 16-15 lead, and recorded 11 points in defeat.
Francis limited the Arcadia Valley chances near the basket, and hauled in seven rebounds during the second period. Landrum denied two shots at the rim during the same quarter for the Lady Tigers.
Mathes broadened the Fredericktown lead to 29-26 at the break after receiving an entry pass from Francis near the basket with 20 seconds remaining.
Katie Whited posted eight points for the Lady Tigers.
Maddie Burrows contributed seven points for Fredericktown, including a 3-pointer.