(PARK HILLS) The MAAA Basketball Tournament girls semifinal round was played Thursday evening at Mineral Area College in Park Hills. The first game was between the top seed Central Lady Rebels and the fourth seed North County Lady Raiders. Central’s defense held North County to just 5 first quarter points, and the offense fired on all cylinders.
The second half provided more opportunities for Central to increase their already sizable lead.
Gracie Populis finished the game with 12 points off the bench for Central, which helped the Lady Rebels pull away to a 72-52 win. Taylor O’Connor led all scorers with 19 points, and Allysa O’Connor finished with 17. North County had three scorers with 9 points each: Alyssa Ludwig, Amy Layton, and Reagan Pierce.
The second game saw the 2-seed Farmington Knights take on the 3-seed Arcadia Valley Lady Tigers. The game was back and forth early, but the Knights went on a 24-5 run between the second and third quarters that helped put A.V. away for good.
Brynn Johnson had a game high 20 for the Knights, as they cruised to a 61-30 win. Knights head coach Rusty Sancegraw says his team set the tone early.
With the win, 2-Farmington will play 1-Central in the MAAA Girls Championship. Arcadia Valley and North County will fight for third place. Both of those games, along with the boys championship and third place game will be played tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon.
Full interview with Farmington Head Coach Rusty Sancegraw
Full Game Audio: Central vs North County
Full Game Audio: Farmington vs Arcadia Valley