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Lady Pats fall to Graves and Carbondale at home tournament

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - Updated: 1:37 PM
Galen Shelton
By Galen Shelton
Planet Sports
bethashelton@yahoo.com

After dismantling Carbondale 24 hours earlier, the Graves County Lady Eagles turned their sights on host school Massac County in night two of the City of Metropolis Tournament.
The Lady Eagles made it look easy in their 27-point win over the Lady Terriers and then duplicated that feat against Massac with a 45-13 victory.
With a similar trouncing of Paducah Tilghman in the finale, Graves County took the City of Metropolis title with a 3-0 record. Massac’s girls came out of the competition with a 1-2 record.
Graves simply outclassed Massac in their 22-point win in night two play never letting Massac get a sniff of the lead. Much to their credit, the girls came back Thursday night and gave a more talented squad from Carbondale all they wanted before succumbing 57-45.
In the Carbondale game, the girls led 15-7 at the first horn,  and may have played their best basketball of the year in those eight minutes.
A furious Terrier rally in the second quarter gave Carbondale a 29-28 lead at half, and the momentum had obviously turned in favor of Carbondale. The Terriers outscored Massac 18-9 in the third quarter, and for all intents and purposes sealed the deal.
Carbondale’s Mckynlee Schwartz proved too tough for Massac on the inside with some deadly, short range, turnaround jumpers, and Brianna Simelton and Atlexus Green along with a talented freshman Megan Barton gave Carbondale a little more firepower than Massac could muster.
For Massac, Taylor Stoner had a career night pouring in 20 points earning her All Tournament Team honors.
Youngsters Paige Box and Jessie Lewis made their presence felt as well as Box canned a pair of big three pointers down the stretch,  and lanky forward Lewis had three field goals and was three for three at the line.
With point guard Natalie Hosman performing way less than full strength, Massac County was destined to struggle with Carbondale’s pressure, but Patriot coach Keith Shelton was pleased with his team’s effort. “I told the girls after the game that I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of a team than I was of them tonight.”
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