Notre Dame de Sion coach Jared Pitts figured the way to beat St. Joseph Benton was to take the Cardinals’ top scorers — Mallory McAndrews and Daejah Bernard — and smother them defensively.
Sion limited their opportunities, but Benton’s Morgan Domann was the unlikely star in a 48-31 victory over Sion in a Missouri Class 4 quarterfinal on Saturday at the Independence Events Center.
Domann scored 19 points, nearly all of them from the block, forcing Sioni to mix and match defenses.
“She was the one hurting us,” said Pitts, whose Sion team finished 15-14.
When Sion finally found a matchup that worked, Sion was able to cut its deficit to two points midway through the fourth quarter.
But the game was a reversal of their regular season meeting in December, a five-point Benton win after trailing Sion by as many as 14 points.
On Saturday, Sion’s run ended as Kristen Murphy, who finished with 15 points, fouled out with 2:07 left. Sion didn’t score again, and Benton made 10-of-16 free throws to close the game.
“We were down by too many and couldn’t get those stops,” Pitts said. “We couldn’t quite get over that edge.”St. Joseph Lafayette boys 70, Grandview 43
Within just a few possessions, a game that started with a fast pace and inaccurate shooting changed behind the effortless deliveries of St. Joseph Lafayette guard William Cook.
In the first four minutes of their Missouri Class 4 boys quarterfinal game, Grandview and Lafayette were in a low-scoring, closely contested game.
Enter Cook, who made four three-pointers during the next two-plus minutes to all but bury Grandview. As a result, Lafayette ran to an easy 70-43 win to snap Grandview’s 13-game winning streak and end the Bulldogs’ 23-6 season with a second consecutive quarterfinal loss.
“We did a poor job on him and we knew from the scouting report that he was an elite shooter,” Grandview coach Randy Farris said. “But I guess (the players) didn’t believe it. He had five, just like that, and that was the ball game.”
Cook’s fifth three-pointer was a first-quarter buzzer-beater just inside halfcourt that put Lafayette ahead 24-6.