Lady Pirates win second straight Class 1 District Championship.
Photo courtesy Brad Strobel
Jamestown, Mo. - The Chamois Lady Pirates will advance into the Class State Sectionals after bringing home a district title for the second straight year after knocking off Glasgow 47-37 in Saturday’s district championship.
Miranda Brandt scored a game high16 points, grabbing 16 rebounds, and held Glasgow’s leading scorer to a season low four points. Paige Nolte and Alyssa Bullock each added 10 points.
Chamois began the third quarter with a 20-18 lead before Glasgow found their touch from behind the arc, sparking an 8-0 run and forcing coach Marty Gerloff to call timeout.
Chamois’ true character they have displayed all season was never more prevalent than in the third quarter. Glasgow had taken the lead for the first time and building momentum.
Chamois’ senior guard Alyssa Bullock answered by hitting two huge threes. Bullock’s six quick points not only halted Glasgow’s hopes of ever taking the lead again but also her defender to come out and guard after she had been sinking off to help inside on Brandt.
Gerloff said, “Alyssa [Bullock] hitting those two shots were huge. We were able to spread out our offense…opening things up inside, allowing us to get the ball inside to Miranda [Brandt].
For coach Gerloff, “I think it says a lot about how mentally tough our girls are. Glasgow jumped on us right away in the third…the one thing I can count on every night, is knowing our girls will never give up or question their will to win. They are a very determined team, but that comes from two of our seniors’ leadership, Miranda and Alyssa.”
Last year Chamois won the Girls Class 1 district title for the first time in school history, which was also coach Gerloff’s first year as head coach. Prior to becoming head coach he had been the assistant for two years.
Last year Chamois defeated Glasgow in sectionals but then lost in the state quarterfinals to undefeated Marion County in overtime 58-52.
Tuesday night’s State Sectionals Chamois will have one thing they didn’t have a year ago, experience. They will also get a shot at redemption on Tuesday at Sturgeon High School as they take on Marion County at 7:45 p.m.
This time of the year only one-thing matters, survive and move on. Everything a team has worked for all season comes down to 32 minutes of basketball. The team who gets to practice another day will be the one who is willing to give everything they have.
Good luck Lady Pirates!