The loss would have sent Trigg County into the third place game against Hancock County, but the final day of the tournament was cancelled due to a snowstorm that settled into Kentucky Tuesday night.
A dismal second quarter against the Lady Cougars turned out to be the downfall of the Lady Wildcats, who missed 11 of their 13 shots from the field in the frame and were outscored 17-5.
Trigg County trailed by just four after the first quarter 12-8, but McLean County scored the first five points of the second quarter on a bucket by Courtney Ayer and a 3-pointer from the corner by Whitney Chandler.
Felicia Crenshaw recorded one of her tournament record 10 steals and turned it into a transition layup at the other end to bring Trigg to within 17-11 with 5:15 left in the half.
But another 3-pointer by Chandler started the 12-2 run that gave McLean a lead they wouldn’t lose.
Trigg’s lone bucket was a Janada Acree score off a Davida Braxton feed with 3:23 left in the half.
Ayer, a 5-11 junior who tied a tournament record with 18 rebounds, scored five points during the crucial run as McLean County led 29-13 at halftime. She grabbed ten of her 18 rebounds in the second quarter.
Consecutive buckets by Laquisha Boyd to start the third quarter brought Trigg to within 12 at 31-19 but they would get no closer until the game’s final seconds.
Boyd scored six of her ten points in the third frame, but picked up two fouls in a 39 second span of the fourth quarter and fouled out with 5:07 left in the game.
McLean County’s size bothered the Lady Wildcats, who shot their second lowest percentage of the season (26.8-percent). They also had a season low in field goals (11) and points (29).
Joining Boyd in double figures for the Lady Wildcats was Crenshaw, who scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Molly Walters added four points and four rebounds.
McLean County (3-4) got 12 points from LeAndra Chandler and 11 from Ayer.
The Lady Cougars had five fewer turnovers than Trigg and outrebounded the Lady Wildcats 37-34.
Trigg County dropped to 3-4 on the season with the loss and returns to action Jan. 4 at home against Livingston Central as part of a boys/girls doubleheader at Wildcat Gym.
Hancock County 43
Heath moved into the championship game that was never played by holding off a late Hancock County rally to win 48-43.
Hancock County (5-4) missed 22 of their first 27 shots from the field and fell behind 23-13 by halftime.
However, the Lady Hornets picked things up in the second half, shooting 55-percent from the field.
Heath led 36-25 heading into the final quarter, but Hancock rallied to cut the lead to four. They could never get closer, shooting just 7-of-17 at the free throw line in the second half.
Heath (5-0) forced 24 turnovers and used their depth in the first half to overcome foul trouble. Heath’s bench outscored Hancock’s 15-2.
Stevie Kirk led Hancock County with 20 points.
Daria Kingsley topped Heath with 16 points, while freshman Hannah Klope added 11 points.
Heath’s leading scorer, Kayla Vance, was held to nine points on 4-of-14 shooting, but seven rebounds and six assists.
Dawson Springs 40
Livingston Central 32
In the consolation bracket, Dawson Springs broke open a close game through three quarters by outscoring Livingston Central 13-5 in the fourth quarter on their way to a 40-32 win.
The contest featured eight ties and seven leads changes and was tied at 27 heading into the fourth quarter.
Freshman Chelsea Mills led Dawson Springs (3-4) with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Lindsey Sisk came off the bench to add nine points for the Lady Panthers, who won despite shooting just 17-of-36 (47-percent) from the free throw line.
Livingston Central (1-6) didn’t have anyone score in double figures and was led by Lagan Johnson’s nine points and five rebounds. Keely Ramage added six points and eight boards.
Ballard Memorial 71
Christian Fellowship 41
Ballard Memorial scored the first 16 points of the second half and never looked back in beating Christian Fellowship 71-41 in the consolation round.
The Lady Bombers (3-4) led 40-27 at halftime thanks to 47-percent shooting from the field and placed three players into double figures.
April Carter led the way with 25 points and seven assists, while Kayla Cooper drained three 3-pointers and scored 19. Kristen Gordon came off the bench to score 10.
Julie Cassity hit five 3-pointers for Christian Fellowship (1-5) and finished with a game-high 26 points.