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PARK HILLS – Carnethia Brown punished Mineral Area by consistently slashing to the basket, and paced all players with 27 points to help Moberly protect its perfect record on the season.

She recorded 13 points during the second quarter to compensate for a scoreless period by teammate Anisha George, who notched 21 points and nine rebounds in a 81-63 triumph.

Holly Forbes hindered George’s production in the post early, but committed her third foul with three minutes remaining until halftime. Forbes ended with seven points amid limited playing time.

Makenzy Smith provided 10 of her team-high 18 points for Mineral Area during the third quarter, and added five assists. Ella Gobald notched 14 points, while Allie Golden contributed 11 points plus nine rebounds.

Moberly (25-0, 4-0) forced the ball inside to help create an early advantage, but a pair of 3-pointers from Smith tied the score at 14-14 with two minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Tyeshia Mitchell dropped in a transition layup on the ensuing possession to achieve the first lead for Mineral Area (13-8, 3-3), but the Lady Greyhounds moved ahead 19-16 as the quarter ended behind exceptional ball movement.

Mitchell exited the game early in the fourth period with a knee injury after falling on a layup attempt, and did not return.

The Lady Cardinals were held scoreless through the opening two minutes of the second quarter until Golden drained a 12-foot jumper to bring her team within 21-18.

Moberly head coach Chad Killinger received a technical foul 50 seconds later, and Smith converted each resulting free throw to make the score 23-21.

Mineral Area began to fade nearing the break as a result of careless passing. Brown completed a 3-point play to restore a 32-22 edge. She added a jumper from the free-throw line at the halftime buzzer for a 39-27 spread.

Moberly turned to George down low in the third quarter while Forbes was out with foul trouble. Gobald provided a strong presence on the glass for the Lady Cardinals, and Smith helped shrink the difference with efficient shooting.

Briar Johnson nailed a 3-pointer from straight away with two minutes left in the third period to draw Mineral Area within 53-45. George recaptured a 59-49 edge on a layup directly beneath the basket off an inbounds pass as time expired in the third.

Gobald and Brown exchanged 3-pointers with six minutes remaining to make the score 63-52. Gobald converted shots at a rapid rate, but the Lady Cards struggled to prevent the opposing inside attack.

Mineral Area will rematch Region 16 foe Jefferson on Wednesday after previously notching a 75-57 victory in their January matchup.

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