Poise Answering Pressure Produces Platte Valley’s Show Me Showdown Prize

The Platte Valley girls basketball team accepted the specific challenge presented to them by Northeast Cairo’s early defense, built a first half lead, and spent the second half withstanding the challenge of the Lady Cats pressure defense, and in the end, won their third MSHSAA Class 1 girls basketball title in the last 4 years. Platte Valley defeated NE Cairo 64-52 at Mizzou Arena Thursday night.

Northeast Cairo opened the game overplaying both Maggie Collins and Maleeah Bliley in an attempt to limit Platte Valley’s inside game and ball handling. Platte Valley’s Mya Wray missed her first four shots in the first quarter, but hit a three point field goal in the last minute of the period to give Platte Valley an 11-9 lead at the end of the period. Wray then hit a couple early 3’s in the second quarter, and Kali Redden hit another to force the Lady Cats to change defenses as Platte Valley took an 11-point midway through the 2nd. Wray had 11 points in the first half as Platte Valley extended to a 30-17 lead at halftime.

But Northeast Cairo brought intense backcourt pressure and made a 3rd quarter move midway through the period. The lead was sliced down to 39-35 with just over 2 minutes to play in the period, but Maggie Collins ended the 3rd period with the last 5 points for Platte Valley, and Platte Valley led 44-39 going into the 4th.

Maggie Collins scored 29 points and had 14 rebound in the game. Her contributions in the 4th quarter would extend the lead to 9 and 10 points at different times through the 4th period. NE Cairo had one more push with 5:39 left to get within 6, but Platte Valley answered again. Platte Valley wins the MSHSAA title with a record of 30-1 on the season. NE Cairo ends with a 26-6 record.

 

Platte Valley and NE Cairo Postgame Audio

 

Other Thursday scores

Class 1 Girls 3rd
Delta 61 Liberal 57

Class 2 Girls 3rd
Tipton 62 Norwood 35

Class 2 Girls Championship
Skyline 61 Principia 47

Class 2 Boys 3rd
Salisbury 77 South Pemiscott 66

Class 2 Boys Championship
Hartville 60 Weaubleau 42

 

Iowa Boys State Tournament

Thursday, March 7
Class 2A Semifinals
Western Christian, Hull 76, Treynor 45
Hudson 54, Unity Christian, Orange City 51

Class 3A Semifinals
Assumption, Davenport 61, Decorah 53 (OT)
Waverly-Shell Rock 76, MOC-Floyd Valley 66

Class 4A Semifinals
Cedar Rapids, Kennedy 63, Ankeny 51
Valley, W.D.M. 66, Bettendorf 46