HILLSBORO, Mo. – Despite a daunting discrepancy in the rebounding category, the Mineral Area women’s basketball team defeated Jefferson in their second matchup of the season.
The Lady Cardinals likewise suffered on the boards in the previous meeting, but won 75-67. On Wednesday night, they defeated the Vikings 80-77.
Mineral Area (11-13, 2-5) ended with 34 team rebounds, while Jefferson (11-14, 0-6) had three players grab ten or more for a total of 64.
Sophomore guard Hayley Winter recorded 19 points, eight rebounds, and six steals to lead the Lady Cardinals.
Freshman Makenzy Smith posted a season-high 16 points with eight rebounds, and Shelby Moon notched 14 points.
Sophomore forward Janaye Randle scored 10 of her game-high 24 points from the foul line, and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Vikings.
Alexian Collie displayed superb athleticism to get ahead of the defense in transition and tally 18 points. Dominique Jennings contributed 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Mineral Area returned from halftime down 44-35, but exploded to outscore Jefferson 29-16 in the third quarter. Head coach Gary Koch received a technical foul after disagreeing with a call early in the period.
Allie Golden had 10 points, and dropped in two baskets within the first 30 seconds for MAC after being taken out earlier due to foul trouble.
Mineral Area introduced full-court pressure, which caused a dramatic increase in Jefferson mistakes. Each team ended with 23 turnovers.
The Vikings held their slim lead through a majority of the period, until Winter stole an inbound pass with two minutes remaining and finished the transition layup to go ahead 56-55.
Winter and Moon each sank 3-pointers in the final minute of the third, and Smith nailed a pull-up jumper at the buzzer to give the Lady Cardinals a slight 64-60 edge.
Free throws were abundant in the final quarter. Nine lead changes and six ties occurred as well, as each side drove the lane hard.
Mineral Area shot 26-of-30 from the foul line on the night, while Jefferson went 20-of-37.
Collie converted a layup over two Mineral Area defenders to give the Vikings a 77-76 advantage with 29 seconds to play. She traveled on the next Jefferson possession, forcing her team to foul in order to stop the clock.
Winter drained a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining to regain the Mineral Area lead at 78-77, then tacked on two more to widen the gap.
The first quarter was slow for the Lady Cardinals, who went 1-of-5 from the field to start. The Vikings hit each of their first four attempts.
Dee McGinnist provided an early advantage on the glass for Jefferson, and finished with 10 rebounds.
Smith knocked down a jumper just before the buzzer to narrow the deficit to 20-13 for Mineral Area.
Shortly into the second period, Winter nailed her first long range shot to give the Lady Cardinals their first lead at 29-28. They hit four 3-pointers during the period.
They were taking much better control of the ball, and did not have a turnover for the first six minutes of the quarter.
Collie recorded three steals and four points in the final minute before halftime for the Vikings.