MPC Tourney: Ledford girls beat Cougars in championship game
Julia Carroll scored all nine points in the second half to break open Friday ‘s contest with Southwestern Randolph and the Ledford Panthers went on to defeat the Cougars, 59-44, to stake claim to the Mid-Piedmont 3-A Conference Championship.
“She comes in and hits three big threes and gave us a little bit of a cushion. Then we withstood their run,” Ralls said. “That was big. Leanne was big for us. We have four guards that give us a really good rotation.”
Leigh Anne Midkiff was extremely active on both ends of the floor, and she finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Courtney Callicutt also had 12 points for Ledford, while Emmalee Thomas had nine points and nine rebounds.
Midkiff concurred with Rall’s assessment of the Panthers’ perimeter scoring, adding that a second-half adjustment helped the team extend a 26-14 halftime lead.
“We did four-out, which put me in the middle by myself,” Midkiff said. “Before that, they had help on both sides. When we did that, it was a lot easier for me to get balls and they had to chase and foul me.”
In addition to Carroll’s third-quarter scoring barrage and Midkiff’s bruising presence in the paint, Ledford’s defensive pressure began to wear down the Cougars in the third quarter. The Panthers (23-3) held their opponents to five points and the lead swelled to 19. Lauren LaPlant led all scorers with 15 points. Kaila Craven had 13 for the Cougars.
Thomas had eight points at the break before leaving the game in the third quarter due to injury. She returned briefly in the fourth, but was not needed in what was a 21-point rout.
“We worked together the whole game and I think everyone got the shots we needed to take,” Thomas said. “We all made our back-cuts, made good passes and worked hard on defense all night. It worked for us.”
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