PARK HILLS — The Mineral Area Lady Cardinals fought an uphill battle for much of the second half against the No. 1 seed State Fair Lady Roadrunners which finally resulted in the game going into overtime. The second half battle may have taken a little too much out of the Lady Cardinals as they came up short in the extra period, 85-78.
Mineral Area trailed State Fair for the first 10 minutes of the second half until Tayla Corrigan took a lob pass on an inbound from under the basket, which she deposited for her fourth basket of the half to give the Lady Cardinals a 53-52 lead.
The Lady Roadrunners scored two free throws at the end of the first half to take a 36-34 lead and gain momentum into the break. State Fair quickly scored the first seven points of the second half to keep the momentum going, but not for long.
Riley Reddin drove the lane for a set-up pass to Corrigan and Kasia Kiedrowska nailed her fourth three of the game as the Lady Roadrunners dried up on offense on six straight trips. Darrieon Clark made a half-court drive to fly past State Fair’s defense for the lay-up to make it a one-point game, setting up Corrigan’s go-ahead shot.
The lead changed on nearly every possession for the next eight minutes. MJ Buschman drilled a three on an assist from Kiejdrowska to give MAC a 67-64 edge. Corrigan made her fourth basket off an inbound lob to make the lead five and also giving her 16 points in the game
Late turnovers by MAC and offensive rebounds by State Fair allowed the Lady Roadrunners to close the gap and take the lead at 70-69. Reddin tied the game and gave Mineral Area the lead again as she calmly hit all net with a pair of free throws.
U’Knique Gaines rebounded her own shot twice before finally being fouled with 8.9 seconds left. Gaines made her first free throw to tie the game at 72-72, but had to wait for the second try as State Fair called time. The second free throw went off rim, but the Lady Roadrunners last shot was also off the mark to force overtime.
Gaines put MAC up by two after she double-rebounded again for a putback, but it was nearly all State Fair the rest of the extra five minutes as the Lady Cardinals came up empty on their last six shots. Kiejdrowska scored the only other points for the Lady Cardinals as she closed out a 23-point game with four free throws.
Antoinette Taylor took over the State Fair offense as she scored seven of their 13 overtime points to finish with 21 for the Lady Roadrunners.
The Lady Cardinals grabbed the early lead in the game as Kiejdrowska rifled in her first pair of threes, and Gaines scored 10 of her game’s 19 in the first half.
Mineral Area pulled out to an eight-point lead with 5:30 left to go in the half, but turnovers cost the home team dearly as the Lady Roadrunners quickly converted them in transition for a 6-0 run.
A time-out by State Fair was answered by a pair of lay-ups from Gaines, but the Lady Roadrunners were still able to close the gap completely at 31-31 before closing out the half with the lead.
Mineral Area ends it season at 17-12, and State Fair will play Jefferson College today at 3 p.m.
Mineral Area 34 38 6 - 78
State Fair 36 36 13 - 85
Mineral Area - Kasia Kiejdrowska 23, U’Knique Gaines 19, Tayla Corrigan 16, MJ Buschman 5, Darrieon Clark 5, Larra Kubinski 4, Alayah Cooper-Johnson 4, Riley Reddin 2. 3-point FG - Kiejdrowska 4. (FT: 19-24).
State Fair - Antoinette Taylor 21, Apiphany Woods 14, Alecia Cooley 14, Adella Randle-El 14, Mary Sims 9, Sydonia Daniels 5, Asia Mosely 4, Derriel Banyard 4. 3-point FG - Randle-El 2, Sims, Taylor. (FT: 23-29).