Freshman MacKenzie Farmer's free throw with 2.3 seconds propelled the Lady Mountaineers into their third consecutive district championship game.
The Lady Eagles started the game red hot and led 20-7 after one quarter of play. Mt. Vernon rallied in the second period, outscoring the Lady Eagles 15-6 to trail 26-22 at halftime.
The Lady Mountaineers carried their momentum into the third quarter outperforming the Lady Eagles 15 to 8 to lead 37-34 to start the fourth quarter.
With the game tied 45-45 and a few precious seconds remaining on the clock, a loose-ball foul was called on the Lady Eagles. Farmer stepped to the line and missed the first offering at the charity stripe. After a timeout, Farmer's second attempt rattled home. A last second shot by the Lady Eagles was not good as Mt. Vernon prevailed.
Scoring for Mt. Vernon were: Amelia Bramer, 17; Danielle Goodman, 15; Tamiaya Henderson, 8; and Farmer, 6.
Scoring for Pierce City: Kaelyn Osborn, 14; Krishna Merriman, 10; Bailee Hayward, 8; Megan Golubski, 6; Christine Younker, 4; and Becca Hatfield, 3.