Platte Valley  Defensive Adjustments Carry Team To Class 1 MSHSAA Girls Championship

Platte Valley’s girls basketball team withstood a hot shooting 1st quarter from Leeton and then clamped down defensively to win the Class 1 MSHSAA Girls Basketball title 56-44 at JQH Arena in Springfield at Show Me Showdown Saturday afternoon.  Leeton hit three 3-point field goals in the first quarter.  They led by as many as 9 in the period and led 21-17 at the end of the period.

Leeton extend to an 8 point lead in the second quarter with 4:28 to play in the half on a 3-point shot from Bailey Fleming, who scored 16 points in the first half, but didn’t score again in the period.  Platte Valley counted with the final 5 points in the second quarter to trim the lead back to 3 at halftime, 29-26.

Sarah Langford’s rebound follow with just under 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter put Platte Valley within 1 point.  Maggie Collins then hit 2 free throws with 2 minutes left in the period to give Platte Valley a 38-37 lead, and Jackie Pappert hit a 3-point shot with just under 1 minute left to give Platte Valley their biggest lead of the game, 41-37, going into the 4th quarter.

Maggie Collins got the next baskets for Platte Valley early in the 4th.  Platte Valley led 45-37 with 6:38 to play.  Leeton got within 5 with 4:47 to go, but no closer the rest of the way.

After giving up 21 points in the first quarter, Platte Valley’s defense held Leeton to single digit quarters in the last 3 periods.

Maggie Collins scored 19 points and had 8 rebounds.  Malia Collins scored 9 points and was the primary defender on Leeton’s Fleming in the second half.  After Fleming scored 16 points in the first half, she scored just 4 points in the second half.

With the victory, Platte Valley completes an undefeated season at 31-0.  Platte Valley won their first MSHSAA Class 1 Girls Basketball title as a cooperative.  Jefferson won previous titles in 1989 and 1997.

Head Coach Tyler Pedersen talked about the win after the game.

 

 

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