STATESMAN ROUNDUP: Woodland upsets Advance in Delta girls basketball tournament

Fifth-seeded Woodland used balanced scoring to upset fourth-seeded Advance in the first round of the Delta New Year’s girls basketball tournament Monday night at Delta High School.

Seven different players scored two or more points in the Cardinals’ 46-31 win over the Hornets.

Only two players scored points for Advance with Alandry Below scoring a game-high 20 points. Danielle Markham had 11.

Addie Johnson paced Woodland with 14 points.

Woodland led 13-10 after one quarter, the Hornets were ahead 20-19 at halftime and the Cardinals took a 31-27 lead into the fourth quarter.

Woodland will meet top-seeded Scott County Central in the semifinals at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. The Hornets (6-4) will meet eighth-seeded Puxico in a consolation semifinal at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Scott Central 83, Puxico 21

The top-seeded Scott County Central Bravettes overpowered eighth-seeded Puxico 83-21 in the first round of the Delta New Year’s girls basketball tournament Monday night.

Puxico coach Jim Carrier felt optimistic about his team’s performance after an 18-day layoff.

"I felt like our girls opened a new chapter in the season last night,” Carrier said. “Mistakes were made, but there were fewer than the previous games. I liked our intensity, communication and determination.

“On the other hand, a lot of the mistakes and fouls we committed, I feel, were in large part to our month-long hiatus. The girls got better individually over the break, and that showed in many ways tonight, but they were rusty as far as playing the game.  Those problems will fix themselves."

Puxico, who fell to 0-6, scored a season-high 21 points in the loss.

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