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By Mike Scott
On paper, Saturday’s Class 3 District 6 title game between Clark County and Palmyra shouldn’t have been close. In their two previous meetings this season, the Lady Indians took solid win against the Lady Panthers at Palmyra.
That wasn’t the story for this game.
The early moments of the game were a flurry of scoring, with both teams pushing up and down the hardwood. Palmyra took the control midway through the period, and held a 12-10 lead after the first quarter.
Alexis Ellison would tie the game at 12 each at the 6:15 mark, after running the floor for a layup. Clark County’s rebounding improved in the second, and Palmyra started looking a little tired as Clark County took a 23-20 halftime lead.
Palmyra got the ball to start the second half, and wasted no time scoring. Defense played a big part in the third period, with both teams scoring eight points. After three, Clark County led 31-28.
The Lady Panthers scored first in the final quarter, and then took a 33-31 lead on a three pointer with six and half minutes remaining. Darian Harper hit a go-ahead three pointer from the top of the key to put Clark County back on top with just over three and half minutes left. The Lady Indians controlled the final minutes to take the game, which was much closer than the 46-34 final score might appear.
Brooklyn Howe scored 20 points to lead Clark County. She also pulled down 10 rebounds. Alexis Ellison scored 12. Kiara Brunk and Bre Chamley scored four points each, and Elly Hamner and Darian Harper each hit three-pointers.
Clark County advances to the state tournament bracket, where they will face St. Charles Duschene on Wednesday evening at 6:00. The District 5 champion Pioneers have an 11-13 record. They average 33.7 points per game, while allowing an average of 38.5 points.
The Lady Indian’s season record is 15-7. Clark County is averaging 49.1 points per game, and allows an average of 42.6 points per game.