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PARK HILLS DAILY JOURNAL SPORTS EDITOR
IRONTON, Mo. — After being moved around by Valle Catholic throughout most of the first half, the Arcadia Valley girls chose to accelerate the tempo with their own
aggressive streak on defense.
A dominant third quarter helped the host Tigers emerge from their original 11-point deficit, and set the foundation for a riveting battle to the conclusion on Friday night at AVHS.
Freshman guard Braelyn Turnbough attacked the basket whenever possible down the stretch, and scored 33 points as Arcadia Valley prevailed 56-54 in a first-place showdown.
Paige Newstead-Adams made two steals in the final minute of regulation, and Reese Brogan blocked a desperation 3-pointer as time expired to seal a fifth consecutive victory.
Arcadia Valley (12-6, 4-0 MAAA) clinched a share of the small-school title in the Mineral Area Activities Association with a chance to secure it outright against Bismarck (on Monday) after West County had claimed the last four in a row.
Callie Hinkle netted 10 points in the win, and drained a 3-pointer from the top of the circle for a 50-49 edge as the teams created six lead changes during the fourth quarter.
Madelyn Griffard answered with a putback 3-point play for the Warriors, but a streaking layup by Turnbough squared the contest at 52-52 with 1:56 remaining.
Valle (11-7, 3-1) scored on a broken play when Ade Weiler found freshman Hayden Vaeth open under the hoop, but Turnbough finished an acrobatic scoop shot to make it 54-54.
The same defensive pressure that ignited the Tigers in the third quarter showed up again for the finish.
Newstead-Adams controlled a loose ball amid a crowd on the floor that Turnbough initially deflected, then intercepted an outlet pass at midcourt.
Turnbough and Hinkle split late free throws to put AV ahead, but an opening remained for Valle when Hattie Vinyard missed a pair with 5.7 seconds on the clock.
The Warriors quickly pushed up the right side to find Mara Hoog, but her hopeful heave with no time to spare was partially tipped as Brogan avoided making contact.
Valle committed its 19th turnover and third straight on a crucial over-and-back violation, and could also lament an 8-of-19 showing from the line compared to 13-of-20 by the home team.
Brooklyn Weibrecht shined brightest in the first half while compiling 16-point, 16-rebound double-double with three steals for the Warriors, whose inspired turnaround continues from just three wins last winter.
Griffard tallied 11 of her 14 points, and Weiler dished out six of her eight assists in the fourth quarter after missing valuable time with three early fouls.
Despite having its senior point guard on the bench for the last 5:48 of the second quarter, Valle was boosted by its bench as Weibrecht and Griffard remained forces on the glass.
Hayden Vaeth knocked down a 3-pointer and sank two free throws as the visitors established their largest advantage at 26-15 before intermission. She finished with 10 points.
Arcadia Valley closed to within 28-21 on 3-pointers by Turnbough and Newstead-Adams, and the action became more frenetic once players returned from the locker room.
The Tigers capitalized on steals when Turnbough made two transition layups. A tiebreaking putback by Vinyard and jumper by Hinkle also highlighted an 11-0 run.
Lillie Adams produced two more steals and broke up another long pass before springing Hinkle on an alert outlet feed for a 38-32 advantage.
One rough stanza ultimately cost the Warriors, who stormed back with an 8-0 push to open the fourth. Weiler capped it with a steal and layup after Griffard sank a tying shot in the lane.
Seven early points from Weibrecht helped Valle lead 15-10 through one quarter. Hoog had her team’s only two field goals in the third.
Newstead-Adams ended with seven points and five steals. Turnbough sank 10-of-13 free throws, and tallied 12 points in the final period.
Warriors 49, Kingston
CADET, Mo. — Valle Catholic did not surrender a field goal in the third quarter, and picked up a 49-20 conference victory at Kingston on Tuesday.
Madelyn Griffard scored a game-high 19 points, and the Warriors established a 30-10 halftime advantage ahead of their first-place showdown with Arcadia Valley (on Friday).
Valle (12-4, 3-0 MAAA) went 12-of-22 from the line. Brooklyn Weibrecht finished with 11 points, and Ade Weiler provided eight.
Kingston (1-16, 0-3) was paced by six points from Sadie Patterson, who committed four personal fouls during the first half.