Second-half swoon prevents MHS from second straight win
The McLouth High girls basketball team was looking strong in front of its home crowd Friday.
In the first half, McLouth was in a battle with visiting Cair Paravel from Topeka. The Bulldogs trailed, 8-7, after the first quarter and led, 16-14, at the half.
The final half, unfortunately, told a completely different story.
The Lions broke out with 17 points in the third and held a 31-23 lead heading into the fourth. The Bulldogs were within striking distance, but a 19-point fourth quarter spoiled McLouth's night.
Rachael Thompson led MHS with 13, but it wasn't enough as Cair Paravel won, 50-32, and dashed the Bulldogs' hopes of winning consecutive games for the first time this season.
On Feb. 14, the Bulldogs defeated Jefferson County North, 41-40, on the road.
McLouth's record was 3-15 heading into Tuesday's game against Jackson Heights. The Bulldogs complete the regular season Friday with Senior Night against Kansas City Christian.
The Bulldogs will compete in a Class 3A substate next week in Oskaloosa.
Also competing will be Atchison County, Pleasant Ridge, Kansas City Christian, Oskaloosa, Maur Hill-Mount Academy, Wellsville and Maranatha Academy.
For more on substate pairings, log on later this week to The Mirror Web site, www.tonganoxiemirror.com.
Cair Paravel 50, McLouth 32
Score by quarters
Cair Paravel 8 6 17 19 -- 50
McLouth 7 9 8 8 -- 32
Cair Paravel -- Clark 16, Shafer 10, C. Keller 6, S. Keller 4, Jorgensen 4, Miller 4, Waldy 3, Armfield 2, Carlson 1.
McLouth -- Thompson 13, Kitterman 7, Annis 4, Farris 4, Shaver 2, Mills 2.