FREDERICKTOWN – Arcadia Valley showcased a balanced attack to push past Twin Rivers in the semifinals of the Class 3, District 2 basketball tournament on Monday night.
Josie Landrum paced four players in double figures with a career-high 25 points, and the second-seeded Lady Tigers matched their season best for a single game in a 87-64 victory.
A familiar foe awaits on Friday as the Lady Tigers attempt to avenge four straight losses in the championship round to Saxony Lutheran.
Freshman Gracee Smith notched 20 points, and sophomore Katie Whited ended with 16 points and six steals.
Jaesa Brockes tallied 12 points plus 10 rebounds, and Makayla Moise also recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Arcadia Valley (17-10).
Katelyn South converted 21 of her game-high 32 points after Twin Rivers (16-10) trailed 48-31 at the break. Her baskets occurred in a variety of ways in attempt to narrow the margin, but the Lady Royals struggled to restrict the Arcadia Valley offense.
South drained her first 3-pointer within the first 15 seconds of the third quarter, and Twin Rivers yielded improved results while driving to the hoop early in the period.
South pulled down a defensive rebound, then covered the length of the floor before weaving through traffic for a layup that made the score 61-48 with two seconds remaining. She further reduced the difference with her second 3-pointer on the opening possession of the fourth period.
The Lady Tigers executed fluent ball movement to create open looks, and hustled for rebounds to preserve their late lead. They took a more methodical approach with success during the final four minutes.
Brooke Blume received an intentional foul when colliding with Whited in attempt to save valuable time down the stretch. Whited sank the resulting free throws for a 74-59 lead with three minutes to play.
Arcadia Valley finished 19-of-27 at the line, and Twin Rivers shot 10-of-16.
Landrum slashed into the lane for back-to-back 3-point plays, and restored an 81-61 edge with 2:15 remaining.
Smith and Whited effectively attacked the basket early and often, while Landrum dropped in three shots from the perimeter to help generate a 25-16 lead by the conclusion of the first quarter.
Brockes and Moise crashed the boards aggressively to earn several second-chance baskets early in the second quarter, and provided a stout resistance against the cutting of Katie Baxter and South.
Baxter posted all 12 of her points during the first half, while Blum also had 12 for the Lady Royals. Katey Hester produced 10 points plus seven rebounds, and Abbey Hester ended with seven rebounds.