One Lawrence County team had a victory in the first round of semi-final high school basketball action in games last night in Columbia, while two teams lost.
In Class 3 girls action, the Mt. Vernon girls beat the Maryville Spoofhounds 54-46 to advance to the state title game, the first time the Lady Mountaineers have had a shot at the state crown.
Mt. Vernon pulled ahead 12-9 to end the first quarter, then gained ground in the 20-13 second frame to lead 32-22 at halftime. Maryville closed some of the gap in the third quarter, but the Lady Mountaineers regained most of the spread in the 14-11 final frame to secure the win.
Scoring 12 points each for the Lady Mountaineers were Danielle Goodman and Kenzie Williams, with Monica Senninger adding 10.
The Lady Mountaineers will take on Cardinal Ritter for the title tomorrow.
In Class 3 boys action, Mt. Vernon fell to Hogan Prep 66-51. The Mountaineers were held to 6 points in the first quarter while Hogan Prep poured in 20 points for a commanding lead. Mt. Vernon got its guns firing in the second frame and came within 3 points of Hogan's additional points, leading the Mountaineers behind 39-22 at halftime.
Both teams exchanged almost basket for basket in the second half, with Mt. Vernon achieving one more bucket than its opponents in the final frame.
Zack Klein led the Mountaineers with 21 points.
In Class 2 action, the Miller girls played a tight game but lost ground gradually, losing to undefeated Harrisburg 71-60.
The Lady Cardinals were ahead 14-12 at the first quarter break and fell behind to trail 29-25 at halftime. Harrisburg gained 5 points in the third quarter and added 2 points in the last frame for the win.
Miller forced 14 turnovers in the game but failed to turn many of the opportunities into scores. Hannah Wilkerson had 43 points for the Lady Cardinals, whose season ended with a 27-6 record.
Harrisonburg goes on to play Thayer for the title.