McLouth splits with KC Christian
McLouth The McLouth High girls rallied from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Panthers, 36-35, when senior Abby Annis drilled a jumper from the left elbow with 12 seconds to go in the contest.
Annis scored seven of her nine points in the fourth, scoring on a baseline jumper, a layup and free throw that tied the game with 2:30 remaining, and the deciding bucket.
Sophomore Kylie Shufflebarger was just as big for the Bulldogs in the last period. She scored six of her eight points in the final eight minutes, including an impressive left-handed jump-hook off the glass.
Melissa Rome led the Bulldogs in scoring with 16 points.
Cassidy Bristol scored three points and hit a freebie with 1:01 remaining that gave MHS a 34-33 advantage prior to the clutch shot from Annis.
The McLouth boys, who trailed by 11 entering the fourth quarter, held the Panthers to seven fourth-quarter points, but fell to KCC, 53-47.
Senior Mike Rome hit a jumper in the paint with 1:44 to go that cut the deficit to five, but that was as close as the MHS boys got in the final period.
Rome led the Bulldogs with 16 points on a busy night that included an injured wrist, a blood-stained jersey and a halftime ceremony during which he was crowned MHS "King of Court."
Junior Derrick Crouse and sophomore Cole Batman also reached double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Seniors Mark Stewart and Ryan Smith each chipped in five.