COLUMBIA -- The Helias Lady Crusaders used a big third quarter Saturday afternoon to post a 52-43 victory against the Tipton Lady Cardinals in a clash of state-ranked teams in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Shootout at Father Tolton High School.
A 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first period pulled Tipton into a tie at 11. The Lady Cardinals outscored the Lady Crusaders 8-2 in the second quarter to take a 19-13 advantage into halftime.
Helias used a 20-6 scoring edge in the third quarter, capped by a late 3-pointer by Adalyn Koelling, to take a 33-25 lead.
The Lady Crusaders outscored the Lady Cardinals 19-18 in the fourth quarter to take the victory.
Clara Williams finished with 17 points for the Lady Cardinals, while Courtney Edwards added 14.
Tipton (22-3), ranked No. 2 in Class 2 by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, is back in action Tuesday at Stover to wrap up its regular season.
Claire Galbraith totaled 17 points to pace the Lady Crusaders and has scored exactly 1,000 points in her career. Koelling added 13 points, while Ava Morris chipped in with eight.
Helias (15-8), ranked No. 10 in Class 5, will host Capital City in a Central Missouri Activities Conference contest Wednesday night.