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Pirate girls win one, lose one

by Ted Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Lady Pirates traveled to Excelsior Springs to pick up a hard fought victory over the Tigers, back on Wednesday, Jan. 2. The Lady Pirates were able to defeat Excelsior Springs 52-37.

The Lady Pirates jumped out to an early lead over the Tigers with an 8-7 first quarter lead.

In the second quarter, Platte County outscored Excelsior Springs 10-8, and took an 18-15 point lead into halftime.

The Lady Pirates pulled away from Excelsior Springs in the third quarter when they outscored the Tigers 22-9. This gave the Lady Pirates a 40-24 lead as the game entered the fourth quarter.

Platte County was able to clinch their victory in the fourth quarter. Despite being outscored 13-12, the Lady Pirates held off the Tigers and won 52-37.

Junior Tara Porter had 18 points on the night, and 11 of those points came in the third quarter. Junior Cassie Philipi dominated the inside, where she scored 11 points, and she hit 5/7 from the free throw line. Senior Megan Nichols had nine points on the night, and sophomore Stevie Grabau contributed six points. Freshman Kathryn McGee was able to get most of her points off of steals that led to fast break lay-ups.

Philipi led the team with nine rebounds, followed by Nichols with eight, and Grabau with four.

“We dominated in all phases of the game and kept the pressure on the Tigers on defense to secure the win,” said head coach Kathy Hatfield.

On, Friday, Jan. 4, the Lady Pirates headed up to Chillicothe with hopes of receiving a MEC Conference victory, but that would not be the case as Chillicothe was victorious by a score of 39-28. Both teams struggled to make baskets the entire game.

The Lady Pirates played them close in the first quarter and were able to get some steals using their press defense, but they were not able to convert many of the shots. The score at the end of the first quarter was even at 6-6.

In the second quarter, starting guard McGee got into foul trouble and had to be taken out, breaking up the momentum of the team.

The other guards began to get tired in the third quarter, but they were still a little reluctant to play McGee with her three fouls.

McGee ended up back in the game in the fourth quarter, when Chillicothe had begun to pull away with a three-point lead with three minutes to go in the game. The Lady Pirates were forced to foul in the fourth quarter to try and catch Chillicothe. Although Chillicothe made only two baskets all quarter, they shot 8 of 13 from the foul line.

“We let them get into the nice position of having the lead with minutes to go and forced us to foul to stop the clock,” Hatfield said. “We couldn’t buy a basket in the fourth quarter and were only 2 of 8 from the line in the quarter as well.

The Lady Pirates did lose by a final score of 39-28.

“We had plenty of chances but just didn’t get the job done,” said Hatfield. “It’s definitely a game that we could have won."

The next action for the Lady Pirates comes in the Kearney Tournament. The tournament lasts from Jan. 7-12, at Kearney, and is for the varsity only. There is a chance that Platte County will see Chillicothe again during the tournament.