|Playing without junior guard Madison Carlin, the Monett Lady Cubs were no match for the top-seeded McDonald County Lady Mustangs on Wednesday night.|
McDonald County won the semi-final matchup with Monett, 48-30, in the Class 4 District 11 girls basketball tournament at Republic.
|Carlin suffered concussion symptoms after banging her head on the hardwood in Monday's win over Aurora and did not play against McDonald County. Without her, the Lady Cubs struggled with both ball handling and scoring.|
After an early 6-6 tie, the Lady Mustangs pulled away to a 21-11 halftime lead. Ryan Parsons nailed a trey for the red and black with the last shot of the half and then completed a rare four-point play to put her team ahead by 10 at intermission.
|Hunter Glouse, who had 8 of Monett's 11 first-half points, scored early in the third period to cut the lead to 9, but McDonald County pieced together another run - including another buzzer-beating trey - to take a 33-19 advantage at the final break.|
|The lead grew to 20, and the scoreboard read 41-21 with 3:45 to play. A procession of subs entered the game as the teams played out the final minutes, and the Lady Mustangs won their way into the championship game on Friday night with the 48-30 final tally.|
|The Lady Cubs finish the season with an 11-15 record.|
|Monett scorers: Hunter Glouse 16;Amanda McKinney 7; Jenny Frazier 4; and Aubrey Lemaster 3.|
|McDonald County scorers: Ryan Parsons 19; Samantha Pierce 10; Kenzie Gill 8; Shaye Buttram 4; Ashton Pratt 3; Danielle Gooder 2; Chelsea Reece 2.|
Other district action
In the other semi-final game, the Ladycats of Cassville lost their game to second-seeded Republic 53-36.
Trailing 16-4 after the first quarter and 32-14 after the second, Cassville could not muster a rally in the second half and ended their season with the lopsided loss.
Hannah Elkins and Marti Richmiller paced the Ladycats, scoring 17 and 10 points respectively. Courtney Garner and Kayce Duvall were Republic's leading scorers with 14 points each.
The two tops seeds, McDonald County and Republic, will meet in the championship game at 7 p.m. tomorrow night.