IRONTON – Makayla Moise powered her way through the lane to regain a 42-41 lead on a putback attempt with three minutes remaining in the third quarter, and Arcadia Valley closed out the period on a 19-4 run against West County on Monday.

The Lady Tigers maintained their edge throughout the remainder of the contest with an effective attack down low, and Moise paced her team with 19 points and 13 rebounds in a 75-64 triumph.

Arcadia Valley (8-8, 2-0) has defeated West County (14-5, 2-1) in each of their past 11 meetings, and extended its regular-season conference win streak to 27 games.

Moise dominated the final minute of the third quarter, starting with a completed 3-point play on her second consecutive fast-break layup. She proceeded to assist Gracee Smith on a shot from the perimeter during the next possession, then beat the buzzer with a contested jumper over Dori McRaven with her foot on the 3-point arc for a 56-45 edge.

McRaven drilled five shots from long range to post a game-high 27 points. She scored 12 points during a scorching second quarter, and added eight rebounds plus two blocks for West County.

The second quarter began squared at 12-12, but back-to-back threes by Josie Landrum and Jaesa Brockes gave the Lady Tigers a 27-21 advantage midway through. However, McRaven negated one of the perimeter shots on the ensuing trip for the Lady Bulldogs.

Arcadia Valley progressed with a fast-paced offense heading toward halftime. Katie Whited dropped in a layup through contact and converted the free throw for a 30-26 edge with 13 seconds on the clock.

McRaven dribbled through pressing defense, and squared up to nail a shot from five feet beyond the arc and narrow the deficit to 30-29 at the break.

Whited often delivered precise entry passes to cutting teammates and tallied nine points with eight assists and six rebounds for the Lady Tigers. Smith provided 10 of her 17 points during the fourth quarter to help close out the win.

Landrum also recorded 17 points for Arcadia Valley, while Brockes notched a 13-point, 10-rebound double double.

The Lady Tigers frequently picked off errant passes and executed well in transition during the final period, as West County was trying to match the increased tempo.

Allee Drennen briefly trimmed the margin within 61-51 on a completed 3-point play with five minutes to play, and finished with 11 points plus eight rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs.

Arcadia Valley maintained a comfortable lead with a 9-of-16 clip from the foul line in the fourth quarter, and finished 17-of-31 overall while West County made 10-of-16 attempts.

Alyssa Roever drained two of her five total 3-pointers early in the third quarter for West County, and finished with 16 points plus six rebounds. Cheyenne Young battled hard on the glass to contribute nine boards.

Arcadia Valley will host Valle Catholic on Thursday in attempt to stretch its conference roll.

West County faces small-school rival Valley at home on Thursday.


Sports Reporter

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