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Benton Evening News - Benton, IL
  • Lady Patriots push past Benton

  • Massac County used a 16-9 run in the fourth quarter to get past the Benton Rangerettes, 43-33, in Southern Illinois River-to-River Ohio Division girls basketball action Wednesday night in Benton.
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  • Massac County used a 16-9 run in the fourth quarter to get past the Benton Rangerettes, 43-33, in Southern Illinois River-to-River Ohio Division girls basketball action Wednesday night in Benton.
    The Lady Patriots led just 27-24 entering the fourth quarter, but took control of the game as Taylor Klankey, Jessie Douglas and Emily Hoard's combined to score 14 of the Lady Patriot's 16 points in the quarter. Klankley and Douglas each had five in the quarter, while Hoard hit four free throws and tallied four.
    The trio as a whole outscored Benton, which only put up nine points in the final eight minutes.
    Hoard finished with a team-high 12 points, while Douglas had nine and Klankey had eight.
    Benton's Morgan Corn finished with a game-high 14 for the Rangerettes. Cali Carney had six, Katie Sandusky added five, Makala Carney chipped in four and Samantha Minor and Evelyn Mendez each scored two.
    Early on, the game — which was originally scheduled for Tuesday but pushed to Wednesday due to the weather — got off to a slow start.
    Massac led just 7-4 after a low-scoring first quarter. Makala Carney had all four of Benton's points in the quarter, while Hoard had five and Douglas had two for the Lady Patriots.
    The game picked up a bit in the second quarter as Massac County outscored Benton 10-8 in the period and led 17-12 at halftime.
    Benton was able to pull within 27-24 after three quarters with a 12-10 run in the third. Corn scored eight of her points in the frame to help Benton rally.
    However, the rally was quickly ended as the Lady Patriots jumped on the Rangerettes in the fourth quarter and put the game out of reach.
    Benton (18-6, 6-3) will be Thursday night at Harrisburg. Massac County, which is now 8-1 in the conference and sealed a conference title with the win over Benton, will play Thursday night in Herrin. —Christopher Kays contributed to this report
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