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Morgan DeFoor had 10 points and eight assists Thursday for Scott County in the Lady Cards’ win over Dr. Krop at the Palm Beach (Florida) Classic.
Maaliya Owens scored 30 points Thursday afternoon – leading four Scott County girls’ basketball players in double digits on what wasn’t a vintage shooting day – and steered the Lady Cards to a 79-60 win over Miami Dr, Krop in the opening round of the Palm Beach Classic.
SC (10-0) advances to a 6 p.m. semifinal Friday against the winner of Mountain Brook of Birmingham, Alabama, and co-host Palm Beach Lakes.
Malea Williams (19 points, 15 rebounds, three blocked shots) and Kenady Tompkins (11 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks) each registered a double-double as SC dominated the game inside, especially early.
Morgan DeFoor added 10 points and eight assists for the Lady Cards, whose offense was streaky and sporadic after a 17-hour bus ride on Wednesday.
Still, after spotting the Florida team a 6-0 lead, SC used runs of 16 unanswered points in the first period and 17 straight in the second to amass a 45-24 advantage. Williams’ 3-pointer at the buzzer capped that performance.
The second half was more of a struggle after Scott County ripped open a 63-33 lead on one of Owens’ five 3-pointers.
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Destynne Francois led Dr. Krop with 19 points. Lindsey Weingard added 17 for the Lightning.
Juliette Smith combined seven assists and seven rebounds to help the Lady Cards, who entered the game averaging 85 points per contest.
Scott County is now 4-0 in holiday tournaments after winning one in Bristol, Tennesssee last weekend.
For much more on the game, please see Saturdays News-Graphic. Stories from the remainder of the tournament will be featured online.