Potosi’s daughters keep high energy in road victory | Girls-basketball

LESTERVILLE, Missouri – Allie Golden instilled undeniable enthusiasm on the sidelines as a first-year head coach in Potosi, where she previously played.

Based on their buzzing performance against Lesterville on Tuesday night, the Lady Trojans are eager to follow his lead.

Potosi showed plenty of energy while building a 10-point halftime lead on the road, and had an even stronger third quarter on the way to a 59-45 victory.

Junior guard Kya Gibson scored eight of his team-high 15 points in the second period to highlight a balanced attack as the Lady Trojans (6-2) claimed their fourth straight victory.

Sophomore Paige West provided 13 crucial points off the bench and drilled a 3 point on a starting assist from Emily Hochstatter to establish a 46-28 lead.

Potosi made the first seven fouls of the second half, but managed to avoid serious consequences despite a slight shorthanded penalty. Senior goalie Carley Hampton did not play due to a sick ankle.

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Hochstatter came forward with 10 points and twice followed his own missed shots from the perimeter to turn into a second chance. Kiersten Blair had nine points and six assists.

Reese Gray shone in the loss for Lesterville (4-4), dominating streaks in the fourth quarter while amassing 26 points and 11 rebounds.

The junior forward was deadly when the Lady Trojans didn’t turn down entry passes – in part in an attempt to avoid fouling issues – and was the only member of her squad to score for a period of 12 minutes.

Gray converted a 3-point play early in the fourth quarter and then turned an offensive rebound into free throws before taking a steal to make it 49-36.

The Lady Bearcats ultimately drew 53-43 on a 3-pointer from junior goalie Piper Fitzgerald, but Kya Gibson and twin sister Kaydence Gibson sealed the score for Potosi with perfect trips to the line.

Potosi made just nine turnovers, forcing 20, and successfully stalked opposing guards from the start. Lesterville coach Melissa St. Gemme used an entire timeout to express her displeasure with the comfortable but authorized defense.

Blair opened the game with one out and found an opening to go down the lane later in the first quarter for a field goal and a foul.

Kya Gibson and West helped the Lady Trojans extend an 11-7 advantage by combining 16 points in the second quarter. Their teammates also did a solid job of creating these opportunities.

Gibson traveled the length of the field twice to score, and West had two quick shots on well-timed entry passes to meet some 3 points from Fitzgerald.

Kalie Thompson kept another successful possession alive with an offensive rebound, and West was left wide open along the right wing for a triple to bolster a possible 29-19 lead at the break.

Senior forward Annie McCaul made three interceptions in the third quarter and completed a comeback after reaching out to intercept a pass to the sideline.

Hochstatter netted three field goals in five minutes before putting West on a long distance cut at 39-22. Kaydence Gibson had four interceptions, a record for the team.

Potosi made 14 of 19 free throws and showed flashes of a dangerous No.5 seed entering his first-round match against Festus on Monday in the Central Christmas tournament.

Lesterville was a similar 12-on-18 of the gang, but received points from just three players. Fitzgerald finished with 10 points and Grace Hicks added seven more.

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