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Girls' basketball: Russellville 54, New Bloomfield 38

Girls' basketball: Russellville 54, New Bloomfield 38

January 9th, 2019 by Ryan Boland in Sports Prep

MOKANE — The No. 5 seed Lady Wildcats were burdened by 34 turnovers in their first-round loss to the No. 4 Lady Indians on Monday night at the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.

New Bloomfield (7-6) trailed 10-5 after one quarter and Russellville outscored the Lady Wildcats 18-6 in the second quarter to stretch its lead to 28-11.

New Bloomfield edged the Lady Indians 10-6 in the third quarter to make it 34-21, but Russellville clinched the win by outscoring the Lady Wildcats 20-17 in the fourth quarter.

Senior center Samantha Haas led New Bloomfield with 11 points and senior guard Parker Pitzen contributed eight.

"We had a bad first half filled with too many turnovers," Lady Wildcats head coach Brett Craighead said. "We played better in the second half, but couldn't overcome our first half."

Macey Edwards supplied a game-high 16 points for Russellville and Lindsey Brandt chipped in with 12.

New Bloomfield faces No. 8 seed North Callaway in the consolation semifinals at 6 tonight in the middle school gym. The Ladybirds lost to No. 1 seed South Callaway 56-34 in a first-round matchup Monday night.