Fatima girls lose to Fair Grove in Class 3 quarterfinals

FAIR GROVE -- The Fair Grove defense powered the Lady Eagles to a 61-42 win Friday night against the Fatima Lady Comets in the Class 3 quarterfinals.

With the win, Fair Grove (23-7), No. 2 in the Class 3 rankings by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, moves on to the semifinals next Friday at Mizzou Arena, where the Lady Eagles will play St. Pius X: Festus (24-5). St. Pius X: Festus beat Saxony Lutheran 57-41 in its quarterfinal Friday.

Fatima, which was ranked sixth in the final rankings, ends the season with a record of 22-7.

Centralia (25-4) and El Dorado Springs (22-3) will play in the other semifinal next Friday.

Fatima jumped out to a 7-2 lead with 4:06 left in the first quarter Friday after Vivian Bax connected on a 3-pointer.

But the Lady Eagles used a 6-0 run to take the lead at 9-7 with 2:35 left after Ashton Bell hit a putback layup for two of her 22 points.

Lucy Crede hit two free throws, two of her team-high 13 points, to tie the game at 9, but an Abbey Green layup sent Fair Grove into the first break leading 11-9.

The Fair Grove defense then held Fatima to only four points in the second quarter, while the Lady Eagles scored 12, to extend the advantage to 23-13 at halftime. Neither team scored from the 5:56 mark of the second quarter until a Green layup with 1:45 left before the break.

Fair Grove extended the lead to 28-14 with 6:29 left in the third, but Fatima was able to put together a 6-2 run to cut the lead to 30-20 after a Kaitlyn Plassmeyer 3.

Fair Grove then scored 11 of the quarter’s final 13 points to build the lead back to 41-22 going to the fourth.

After a Camdyn Hart layup, two of her nine points, put Fair Grove up 43-21, Fatima used an 9-2 run to cut the lead to 45-31 with 5:46 left. The teams went back and forth to get to 55-41, but Fair Grove scored six of the game’s final seven points, all at the free-throw line, to create the final margin.

Alli Robertson added nine points for Fatima, while Brooke Daniels scored 15 for Fair Grove.

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